I asked last week for your help in identifying the plants growing on the new slopes created by a new 3.5-mile section of border fence separating San Diego and Tijuana. You responded. Thanks for that.

One thing is for sure: There’s a lot of grass growing. Exactly what type isn’t yet obvious.

But some of the plants have been identified. And some are native.

Cindy Burrascano, a past president of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society, told me in an e-mail that she saw goldfields, a native plant, in the pictures we published, as well as an Italian thistle. She said the latter is “a non-native species that is highly invasive but in that sea of grass, I am not sure it matters.”

Bill Harris, spokesman for the city of San Diego’s storm water department, said the city’s staff experts also saw goldfields and golden yarrow, another native.


Leave a comment

We expect all commenters to be constructive and civil. We reserve the right to delete comments without explanation. You are welcome to flag comments to us. You are welcome to submit an opinion piece for our editors to review.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.