Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 1, 2013

Southern California Wildflower Bloom Updates 3/1/13

Theodore Payne just posted its first wildflower report for 2013. To see the full report go to: Theodore March 1 wildflower report. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach.  chaparral and coastal sage scrub communities are displaying beautiful early bloomers red fuchsia-flowering gooseberry (Ribes speciosum),the pink chaparral currant (Ribes malvaceum), late blooming manzanitas (Arctostaphylos spp.); bush poppy (Dendromecon rigida), flannel bush (Fremontodendron mexicanum), California coast brittlebush (Encelia californica), and Nevin’s barberry (Berberis nevenii).
  • Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park  shooting stars (Dodecatheon clevelandii) along the Quail Run and Cougar Pass trails. Hike up East Ridge and Sun Rise trails to view the bright yellow of California butterweed (Senecio californicus), blue-purple wild hyacinth (Dichelostemma capitatum), creamy slender pod jewel flower (Caulanthus heterophyllus), and pink (if you are there at the right time of day!) of California four-o’clock (Mirabilis laevis).  Stands of fiddlenecks (Amsinckia menziesii) can be spotted at the bench at  East Ridge and lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia) is showing off its tiny clusters of cream and pink blossoms along Bell Canyon.
  • Torrey Pines State  Natural Preserve. Spectacular ocean views, lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia), warty-stem ceanothus (Ceanothus verrucosus) can be seen lining the trails and decorated with climbing wild cucumber (Marah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus). At ground level are patches of pink sand verbena (Abronia spp.), pure white milk maids (Cardamine californica) and yellow sea dahlia (Leptosyne [Coreopsis] maritima
  • Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve vernal pools. The cool weather stalled flowering for a while, but the shooting stars, (Dodecatheon  clevelandii) are just starting to peak.  Look in pockets of shaded areas along the trails for milk maids (Cardamine californica) and miner’s lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata ssp. mexicana).
  • Placerita Canyon Natural Area, the early bloomers can be found along the Ecology Trail leading from the Nature Center. Look for the hoary-leaf  ceanothus (Ceanothus crassifolius) at its peak bloom along with the “ribes trifecta” fuchsia-flowering gooseberry (Ribes speciosum), chaparral currant (Ribes malvaceum) and the golden currant (Ribes aureum). Tucked under these shrubs is the California peony (Paeonia californica) and scrambling over the shrubs is the wild cucumber (Marah macrocarpa).

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