HORT 23: PLANT MATERIALS: CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|2 lecture per week (24 total per quarter)
|Completion of or concurrent enrollment in HORT 15 strongly recommended; not open to students with credit in HORT 51D.
|Degree & Credit Status:
|Degree-Applicable Credit Course
|Letter Grade Only
Student Learning Outcomes
- Identify California Native Plants presented by botanical and common names.
- Compare and contrast California Native Plants features and cultural need.
The student will be able to:
- Recall the botanical and common names of at least 100 California native plants and the terms used for plant identification.
- Recall the appearance and adaptation and use of at least 100 California native plants.
- Compare and contrast California native plant features and cultural needs in different landscape situations.
- Identify how the plants can be used in the landscape.
- Recognize the similarities of California native plants to other climates around the world and how indigenous native cultures used plants.
- Review of botanical and horticultural names of covered plants and the terms necessary for plant identification
- Detailed appearance of 100 or more California native plants from around the state, including identification of the following characteristics:
- Leaf type
- Growth habit
- Identify the cultural practices related to successful plant growth
- Disease and insect pest control
- Soil type
- Moisture requirements
- Soil pH
- Wildlife habitat
- Pest harboring
- Relationship of plants covered in the course to landscape design practices, including:
- Functional concerns
- Aesthetic uses
- Wildlife value
- Discussion of how plants can be used for different purposes by native California cultures and similarities to plants in similar climatic regions around the world
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
Weekly identification quizzes
Written midterm exam on characteristics and use of plants in design situations
Written final exam on use of plants in design situations
Method(s) of Instruction
Field observation of plants
Lectures on plant characteristics
Discussions regarding use and care of plants
Read assigned reading activities
Perform self-guided research
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. 2005.
This text is a seminal work in the field of native plants.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
Typical reading assignments will include researching up to 10 plant species per week (approximately 20 pages of reading) in representative text and similar text books, and research/reading of websites related to native plants (approximately 5 pages per week).