Martha Mallery, president of the Stockton chapter of the California Native Plant Society, gave Lodi Garden Club members a perceptive look at the various characteristics that help with survival and procreation of plants native to this state.
To survive hot summers, some plants put on their own style of sunscreen: little hairs that keep the sun off the leaves, leaving them looking gray. Some flower shapes are a sort of landing platform for various insects. Some attract pollinators by their fragrance; others attract by their color. Hummingbirds, who have no sense of smell, like these. Others with light blooms show up well at night to attract pollinators like moths and bats.
In the beginning, these plants began growing near rivers. They have long roots and like good drainage; the amount of water they need depends on the type of soil they’re growing in. Like most garden plants, they bloom in the spring, and prefer to be planted in the fall. Mallery brought several plants that she donated to the club for local use.
In other business, it was announced that the October fundraising luau had garnered $1,329 towards the proposed Blue Star Memorial, to be dedicated in April at Cherokee Memorial Park.