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Pickleweed, native wetland plant
(found at the edges of Gum Grove and throughout Los Cerritos Wetlands):
Facts about pickleweed on the Aquarium of the Pacific website:
Salt Grass and Southern Tarplant, native to wetlands
(Both are found in many sections of Los Cerritos Wetlands.)
Description of Salt Grass on Aquarium of the Pacific's website:
Description of Southern Tarplant on San Diego Sierra Club's website:
Mulefat and Seaside Heliotrope
Can be found in many areas of Los Cerritos Wetlands and at Heron Point. Mulefat typically grows in or at the edges of wetlands. At Heron Point it's been planted along the edges of the path making a nice hedge. Heliotrope is found along the wetland boarders and also seems to like the dry sandy locations.
"Upland" California Native Plants, Coastal Sage Scrub Family
You will find a nice assortment at Heron Pointe. It seems historically (before development) native plants along the San Gabriel River tidal areas were not well documented. But many of those shown below I've seen growing in coastal uplands from Bolsa Chica Wetlands to San Onofre State Beach so more than likely they also grew here naturally at one time. I've seen some growing wild in the Los Cerritos Wetlands, such as California Goldenbrush and Deerbush.
Other California native plants found at Heron Pointe
A large native garden has been planted here, some of these plants are more typical of upland, hillsides or wooded areas, a few shown below. The native garden was a sort of mitigation for the Heron Pointe Development.
Facts about Coffeeberry:
Facts about Toyon:
Invasive species, Artichoke Thistle
Non Native Plant, Poison Hemlock
Other Non-native plants:
Includes Blue Gum Eucalyptus, non native grasses, black mustard.
Link to Seal Beach Daily's Gum Grove Park Plants & Animals pictures:
Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewardship document, has native and non native plant lists found in Los Cerritos Wetlands:
San Gabriel River history...native plants found here before development included, and other Long Beach/Seal Beach/Los Cerritos Wetlands area historical facts:
News Article, Hellman Ranch property soon to be added to the publically owned Los Cerritos Wetlands (Gum Grove & Heron Pointe overlook this wetlands parcel):