Late Summer Almost Fall Wildflower Report For Lassen National Park
I just spent two days at Lassen Park and was amazed at the amount of wildflowers still blooming. Lassen is having a very late wildflower season. Lots of species and displays. Many are right along the road. I even managed to see Fawn lilies still blooming by snow melt. There are many flowers along the main road from about a mile south of the park to Kings Creek. It is worth the very short walk down to Kings Creek to see the meadow. The best displays were in the higher elevations. Some areas are definitely past peak but there are some flowers that have yet to bloom.
I also hiked out to Paradise Meadow. Although past peak, there were many species in bloom and good displays along the trail by the creek and at the edges of the Meadow. The far edge of the meadow and slightly up hill from the edge were many Corn Lily, Lupine and Arrowhead Groundsel still in bloom. I even found a few Sierra Lilies in bloom.
We stayed at the new cabins at Manzanita Lake which were quite nice and made for easy camping especially during the Thunderstorm we had last night. A Flora of Lassen Volcanic National Park, California by Gillett, Howell and Leschke was very helpful with plant ID’s.
Here are a some photos from the trip:
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Plant List from one mile south of park entrance heading north until about Kings Creek 9/11/11
White Rein Orchid
Asters and/or Erigerons – White and Purple
Paintbrush – 3 species
Grass of Parnassus
Thistle, Brownie (?)
Buckwheat sp. (yellow)
Epilobium sp. (small)
Single Stemmed Groundsel
Shooting Star sp.
Narrow Leaf Lupine
and at least one other Lupine
Trail from Hat Creek to Paradise Meadow and Paradise Meadow Plant List 9/12/11
Lupine sp. (at least two species)
Asters and/or Erigerons Purple and White
Paintbrush (at least two species)
Primrose Monkey Flower
West Coast Lady
a white unidentified moth
All errors are mine and corrections welcome and appreciated