This weekend’s torrential rains gave unexpected relief to our pioneering native plants out in the canyon. Back at the propagation center where it all begins, we cleaned and planted the seeds of jojoba or “goat nut” (Simmondsia chinensis). This handy shrub is found in the California wilderness, and is also available at your local pharmacy in many of the moisturizers we use every day. When propagators take off the papery coat, the seeds inside look a lot like hazelnuts. We’re crossing our fingers that most of these seeds will germinate!
– Lorraine Kelley