Springing forward: Resilient native plants return

White sage, called qas’ily in Cahuilla, makes a comeback after the Apple Fire. (Pat Murkland Photo)

The canyon comes back

Yucca, panu’ul in Cahuilla, is sometimes nicknamed a “superplant” because it provides important foods and fiber. Here, Inland Southern California yucca plants show their seeming superpowers in thriving after surviving the Apple Fire. We have watched some of these canyon plants growing for the past couple years. (Pat Murkland Photos)
Yucca grows all along this burned canyon slope with a view of San Jacinto Peak. (Pat Murkland Photo)
Medicine plant yerba santa, tanwivel in Cahuilla, grows from the base of a burned plant. (Pat Murkland Photo)
Although this cactus plant initially seemed to be dead, here it is, growing. (Pat Murkland Photo)

Snow Creek: “Inspiration and hope”

Basket rush plants, juncus textilis, grow near reeds that burned in the September 2020 Snow Fire. (Christine Giles Photo)
Basket rush regrows across a hillside. What appear to be Fremont cottonwood leaves sprout from tree, upper left. (Christine Giles Photo)
From left: hollyleaf cherry emerges; new deergrass flourishes; Western sycamore leaves appear. (Christine Giles photos)

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