The San José State University
Botany Garden




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What is it?

  
  
The Botany Garden in spring!

The SJSU Botany Garden is one of a handful of green spaces in the city of San José dedicated to California's native plants. The Garden had its origins in the mid 1980s when a 4000-square-foot lawn outside Duncan Hall was cleared and converted to a home for native plants and a habitat for wildlife. Over the years the Garden has been cared for by students, staff, and faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences. The Garden has served as a natural laboratory for a number of courses, including Foundations of Biodviersity (Biology 1A), Plant Taxonomy (Botany 104), Plant Communities of California (Botany 165), and Physiological Ecology (Biology 106/106L). In addition to classroom use, there are two ways by which students may participate in research and educational opportunities in the Botany Garden. A recent grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust has funded the creation of an internship program in which students learn about the propagation and cultivation of California native plants. Additionally, the Botany Garden is now a registered site with the National Phenology Network (NPN), in which long term patterns of phenological shifts associated with climate change are being observed and recorded in the NPN database.



What's in it?

You may click on the blue dots on the garden map (Credit: Shannon Dinis) below to view the detailed informations about the plant on that spot.

Our Botany Garden contains 91 species of California native plants in 42 families. You can click on some of the names below to get more information, with photos of the plants; additional species description pages will be added in the months to come. The colored boxes indicate flowering time.

: Spring (Feb-May)

: Summer (May-Sep)

: Fall (Sep-Dec)

: Winter (Dec-Feb)

: Year round

Family

 

 

Latin name

 

Common name

ADOXACEAE

Sambucus mexicana

blue elderberry

AGAVACEAE

Chlorogalum pomeridianum var. pomeridianum

soap plant

ANACARDIACEAE

Rhus integrifolia

lemonadeberry

Rhus ovata

sugar bush

APOCYNACEAE

Asclepias californica

California milkweed

Asclepias fascicularis

narrow leaf milkweed

ARISTOLOCHIACEAE

Aristolochia californica

California pipevine

ASTERACEAE

Achillea millefolium

yarrow

Artemesia californica

California Sagebrush

Aster chilensis

coast aster

Baccharis pilularis

coyote brush

Grindelia camporum

gum aster

Lasthenia californica ssp. macrantha

perennial goldfields

Lessingia filaginifolia

California aster

BERBERIDACEAE

Berberis aquifolium var. repens

Oregon grape

BETULACEAE

Corylus cornuta var. californica

California hazelnut

BORAGINACEAE

Phacelia bolanderi

phacelia

BRASSICACEAE

Erysimum franciscanum

San Francisco wallflower

CALYCANTHACEAE

Calycanthus occidentalis

spice bush

CAPRIFOLIACEAE

Lonicera hispidula

California honeysuckle

Lonicera involucrata

twinberry

Symphoricarpos albus

snowberry

DRYOPTERIDACEAE

Polystichum munitum

Western sword fern

ERICACEAE

Arbutus menziesii

Pacific madrone

Arctostaphylos morroensis

Morro manzanita

Arctostaphylos pajaroensis

Pajaro manzanita

Arctostaphylos viscida

whiteleaf manzanita

FABACEAE

Cercis occidentalis

Western redbud

Lupinus albifrons

purple bush lupine

FAGACEAE

Quercus agrifolia

coast live oak

Quercus berberidifolia

scrub oak

GARRYACEAE

Garrya elliptica

silk tassel bush

GROSSULARIACEAE

Ribes californicum var. californicum

hillside gooseberry

Ribes malvaceum

chaparral currant

Ribes speciosum

fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Ribes viburnifolium

Catalina perfume

IRIDACEAE

Iris douglasiana

Pacific iris

Sisyrinchium bellum

blue-eyed grass

JUNCACEAE

Juncus patens

blue-green rush

LAMIACEAE

Monardella villosa

coyote mint

Salvia clevelandii

Cleveland's sage

Salvia leucophylla

purple sage

Salvia mellifera

black sage

Salvia spathacea

hummingbird sage

Salvia sonomensis

creeping sage

LILIACEAE

Allium unifolium

pink onion

MALVACEAE

Lavatera assurgentiflora

island mallow

Malacothamnus fasciculatus

chaparral mallow

Malacothamnus jonesii

Jones' bush mallow

OLEACEAE

Forestiera pubescens

desert olive

Fraxinus latifolia

Oregon ash

ONAGRACEAE

Clarkia elegans

farewell-to-spring

Epilobium canum

California fuschia

PAPAVERACEAE

Eschscholzia californica

California poppy

PHILADELPHACEAE

Carpenteria californica

tree-anemone

PHRYMACEAE

Mimulus aurantiacus

sticky monkey flower

Mimulus puniceus var. aurantiacus

scarlet monkey flower

PLANTAGINACEAE

Collinsia heterophylla

Chinese houses

Keckiella cordifolia

heart leaved penstemon

Penstemon eatonii

firecracker beardtongue

Penstemon heterophyllus

beardtongue

Penstemon labrosus

penstemon

POACEAE

Festuca californica

California fescue

Festuca rubra

"Point Molate" & "Jughandle" red fescue

Muhlenbergia rigens

deer grass

Nassella cernua

nodding needlegrass

POLEMONIACEAE

Gilia tricolor

bird's eyes

POLYGONACEAE

Eriogonum umbellatum var. polyanthum

Sulfur buckwheat

Eriogonum fasciculatum

California buckwheat

RANUNCULACEAE

Aquilegia formosa

crimson columbine

Ranunculus californicus

buttercup

RHAMNACEAE

Ceanothus cuneatus

buckbrush

Ceanothus gloriosus

Anchor Bay California lilac

Ceanothus roderickii

Pine Hill ceanothus

Ceanothus

"Julia Phelps"

Ceanothus

"Concha"

Frangula californica

coffeeberry

ROSACEAE

Adenostoma fasciculatum

chamise

Cercocarpus betuloides

mountain mahogany

Heteromeles arbutifolia

toyon

Holodiscus discolor

ocean spray

Physocarpus capitatus

ninebark

Prunus andersonii

desert peach

Prunus ilicifolia

holly leaf cherry

SAPINDACEAE

Aesculus californica

California buckeye

SAXIFRAGACEAE

Heuchera maxima

island alumroot

SIMMONDSIACEAE

Simmondsia chinensis

jojoba

SOLANACEAE

Solanum xanti

chaparral nightshade

STERCULIACEAE

Fremontodendron californicum

flannel bush

VERBENACEAE

Verbena lilacina

Cedros island verbena

VITACEAE

Vitis californica

California wild grape



Where is it?


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The Botany Garden is located on the main SJSU campus, on the north side of Duncan Hall. You can find Duncan Hall on SJSU's online campus map; the Garden is then roughly between Duncan Hall and MacQuarrie Hall. You can get to SJSU using these driving directions, or take the Caltrain to San José Diridon Station and walk east along San Fernando Street for about twenty minutes.
If the walk from Diridon Station sounds long, one alternative is to take the VTA light rail from the station. It leaves from a platform within the station, reached via the underground tunnel that connects all the platforms. Catch the Winchester line towards Mountain View, and get off at the Paseo de San Antonio station. From there, it is a short walk towards 4th Street to get to Duncan Hall.
Another option from San José Diridon Station or other points downtown is to take the VTA Dash shuttle, which will drop you off on 4th Street about a block from Duncan Hall. It leaves from the bus area just outside of the station's main building. Don't get off at the San José State University / Martin Luther King Library stop; wait for the next stop, at 4th and San Carlos. Then walk east onto campus and Duncan Hall will be ahead and to your right.



Past & upcoming events

March 2012 : Work days!
Students from the Biodiversity Club, the Biology Students Association, and the Environmental Resource Center worked to weed, prune, and plant on two Saturdays in March. Thanks to everybody who contributed their time, money, and labor to making this a success!

April 2012 : Mulch day!
Earth day demonstration. Student volunteers applied mulch donated by Green Waste, enabling us to greatly increase water conservation in the garden.

Ongoing: Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Internship Program.
Interns conduct research into native plant propagation and cultivation, and make phenological data observations that are recorded with the National Phenology Network. If interested, contact Dr. Lambrecht.



In the news

(April 2012) Spartan Daily
(February 2009) SJSU College of Science newsletter



Other links

SJSU's Botany Garden official page
SJSU's Biodiversity Center
SJSU's Environmental Resource Center
SJSU's Carl W. Sharsmith herbarium
The National Phenology Network
Calflora botanical resource
California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley chapter



Funding for the Botany Garden has been provided by:


Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust
The Ecological Society of America's SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability)




Thanks to the various books and websites we used as references in the making of this website.
This website is by Department of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University. All rights reserved.
For permission to reuse content on this website, or for other requests or concerns, please contact Susan Lambrecht.