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SD Community Farms and Gardens Meetup Group Message Board › Native Edible Plant List

Native Edible Plant List

A former member
Hi folks -

I wrote up a list of native edibles for the folks going on my plant walk tomorrow, but I figured I might as well send it around to everybody. This is just a list of what I expect we'll see on one trail - the San Diego River Crossing Trail, then toward Suycott Wash, and continuing toward S. Fortuna. If you can't make it tomorrow, you're invited to come on May 5 - or else propose a date to me that works for you.

Plants we'll see tomorrow:


Adoxa Family:

*Mexican elderberry – Sambucus Mexicana (seeds, branches, leaves are toxic)

Agave Family:

Our Lord’s Candle Yucca – Hesperoyucca whipplei

Brodiaea Family:

Blue Dicks – Dichelostemma capitatum

Cabbage Family:

Mustard – Many species, some native and invasive

Cactus Family:

*Prickly Pear Cactus – many species, young pads and ripe fruit edible.

Carrot Family:

Wild Fennel - invasive

Gooseberry Family:

White-Flower Currant – Ribes indecorum

Fuschia-Flower Gooseberry – Ribes speciosum

Mint Family:

*Black Sage – Salvia mellifera

*White Sage – S. apiana

Oak Family:

Coast Live Oak – Quercus agrifolia

Rose Family:

Toyon – Heteromeles arbutifolia – a.k.a. Hollywood or Christmas berry.

California blackberry – Rubus ursinus

*California Wild Rose – Rosa californica

Stonecrop Family:

Chalk Dudleya

Ladyfingers Dudleya

Sumac Family:

Lemonade Berry – Rhus integrifolia

*Also Medicinal


Aster Family:

Mule Fat – Baccharis glutinosa or B. salicifolia

Chaparral Broom – Baccharis sarothroides

Mugwort – Artemisia douglasiana

Pineapple Weed (Wild Chamomile) – Matricaria discoidea

Grass Family:

Wild Oats – Avena barbata – invasive

Poppy Family:

California poppy – Eschscholzia californica

Sumac Family:

Laurel Sumac – Malosma laurina

Willow Family:

Arroyo Willow – Salix lasiolepis

Western Cottonwood – Populus fremontii


Carrot Family:

Poison Hemlock – Has purple spots on the stem. Looks rather similar to wild carrot!

Pea Family:

Locoweed – white flowers, little pods that look a bit like peas, leaves are pinnately compound

Sumac Family:

Poison Oak – Toxicodendron diversilobum – Leaves in groups of three, white berries, new growth can look reddish


Aster Family:

Golden Yarrow – not the same species or genus as the medicinal kind of yarrow

San Diego Sunflower

Borage Family:

Popcorn Flower – Cryptantha spp.

Caterpillar Phacelia

Fiesta Flower

Parry Phacelia

Four O’Clock Family:

Wishbone Flower

Iris Family:

Blue-Eyed Grass

Nightshade Family:

Parish Nightshade

Pea Family:

Chaparral Pea
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