Eastside Flower Power

A field of flowers blooms next to the train tracks in El Sereno.

No need to head up to Antelope Valley or the L.A. County Arboretum for a display of spring-time blooms. A Saturday drive from City Terrace to Highland Park revealed that the Eastside was in full bloom, with fragrant clumps of wisteria hanging over homes and carpets of neon-purple ice plant spilling down front yards and retaining walls. So, take some Claritin, go outside and enjoy the show while it lasts.

A burst of yellow alongside the road in Montecito Heights

An aromatic clump of wisteria clinging to this City Terrace home can be seen and smelled from a block away.

It’s not just plants that are in bloom. Many trees, like this one in Montecito Heights, are also putting on quite a show.

It’s easy to forget that the flowers, trees and grassy hillsides of Ascot Park in El Sereno are in the middle of the city.

Corral-colored blooms  hang from a patch of succulents in Lincoln Heights.

Perhaps  it’s time for Cal State L.A. to change its school colors from yellow and brown to match the purple and green of this campus hillside.

Even usually forgettable parking lot shrubs are in full, eye-catching flower.

Watch Out Below: A City Terrace orange tree heavy with fruit.

Everything is growing in this Highland Park front yard.

Spring-time blooms brightens up the urban landscape of El Sereno.


  1. love the pics. but even after living here for close to 20 yrs i still don’t know the names. Would love it it if you could identify the flowers.

    • Unless there’s a tag hanging from a stem or branch, The Eastsider is usually at a loss at identifying plants and trees. Feel free to help us put a name on these blooming plants.

  2. The last photo is of a redbud tree. And I believe the fourth photo is of a pink trumpet tree.

  3. The coral colored flowers among the succulents is called red hot pokers from the medicinal aloe (it can also come in yellow)

  4. Opps second thoughts it might not be red hot pokers but some kind of firecracker flower……

  5. The second picture appears to be popcorn cassia. Rub it’s leaves and you’ll know why the name. And the picture of the pink flowering shrubs are Indian Hawthorn.

  6. Some of the plants in the first photo: The golden ones are, of course, California poppies. The pink and white are probably lupines…there are companies (Clyde Robin was the first, and still one of the best) which blend various wildflower seeds for specific needs. I remember when a highway was widened considerably the contractor for Caltrans used a blend which would either establish perennials or annuals which would reseed. Lupines are nitrogen-fixing so they continue to fertilize the soil as they grow. A variety is known in the south as Texas Bluebonnet because the individual flowers look like little bonnets.

    The purple hillside is probably a variety of statice….Statice perezii
    As I remember, it too self-seeds. Statice are grown commercially in a variety of colors as they last a long time and can be dried for flower arrangements.

  7. This is beautiful!

    I love you guys !

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