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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 27, 2010

Hungry Valley/Gorman Hills Wildflower Update April 27, 2010

Submitted by Kathy Sanders  Interpretive Assistant  Hungry Valley SVRA

Hungry Valley: The north grasslands are beginning to show some patches of Pygmy-leafed Lupine (Lupinus bicolor) and some California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) at the start of Stipa Trail. A few more Bush Lupine ( Lupinus excubitus) are also beginning to bloom along Powerline Road along with a few Globe Gilia (Gilia capitata), Chia (Salvia columbariae), a small showing of Jewel Flowers (Caulanthus cooperi) and Desert Tidy Tips (Layia glandulosa).

More California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) are blooming along Wheatfield Trail every day in addition to Bush Lupine ( Lupinus excubitus), Linear-leaf Goldenbush (Ericameria cooperi) and a few Cream Cups (Platystemon californicus). There are large displays of California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) and Bush Lupine (Lupinus excubitus) along Peace Valley Road between Sewer Line Road and Quail Lake Road; however this area is behind barbed wire fencing and inaccessible by foot.

The Gorman Hills along the I-5 freeway are showing more California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica), along with existing California Coreopsis (Coreopsis California), Globe Gilia (Gilia capitata), and Bush Lupine (Lupinus excubitus). The bloom looks to be at its peak, although there is a possibility of more California Poppies blooming within the week toward the southern end of the hills.

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