Northern Maritime Chaparral forms a nearly impenetrable shrub cover composed
of several species of manzanitas, wild lilac, and chamise. In some places,
silver-leaved manzanita forms the dominant vegetation, giving the hillsides
a grey cast in spring and summer. This silvery chaparral has been called
"Sand Chaparral." Silver-leaved manzanita is one of the manzanitas that
do not sprout from a ground-level swelling or burl following a fire, relying
instead on fire-stimulated seed germination to renew vegetation. It typically
grows to heights of 8 to 12 feet in the Ben Lomond sand hills, and taller
in the Bonny Doon area. Several localized annual plants are associated
with the Sand Chaparral, including two tiny annual monkeyflowers.
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