Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 22, 2011

Butterfly Valley Wildflowers – Something Different

Now is the time to see wildflower bloom at Butterfly Valley

Insect-eating plants, Slipper Orchids, Lilies and More

Butterfly Valley is  3.5 miles north of Quincy on Hwys. 70/89 off of Blackhawk Road in Plumas county.  It was designated as a protected botanical area in 1976 due to its abundance and diversity of plant life.  It is  a boggy area that is a good place to see the carnivorous (Insect eating) California Pitcher Plant (Darlintonia californica) and other species of Darlingtonia. Other plants found there include a dozen Piperia species of native orchids; lady slipper orchid; two dozen species of native lilies  and tiger lilies including Lilium washingtonianum and Lilium parvum; nine species of  ferns; poppies; wild rose; and buttercup.  Peak blooming season is May through July.

The area is managed by the U.S. Forest Service  who requests:

“Collection of plants in the botanical area is prohibited.  No vehicles are permitted off of designated roads.  Please tread lightly when walking through the botanical area. “

Black Oak Naturalist’s article and photos of plants now in bloom: Butterfly Valley

U. S. Forest Service Information:

Butterfly Valley Botanical Area
Butterfly Valley Botanical Area Viewing Information
U.S. Forest Service Map Of Butterfly Valley

A photographic trip report of Butterfly Valley: http://terraforums.com/forums/showthread.php?p=922705

Butterfly Valley Botanical Area: Wikipedia article


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