Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 8, 2013

Southern California Wildflower Bloom Updates 3/8/13

Theodore Payne posted a new wildflower report today. To see the full report and older reports go to: Theodore Payne Wildflower Hotline. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • The Santa Monica Mountains trails are showing off the white blossoms of the big pod and hoary-leaf ceanothus (Ceanothus megacarpus and C. crassifolius) in the headwaters of Trancas, Zuma and Newton Canyons along the Backbone Trail. California peony (Paeonia californica), and the little milk maids (Cardamine californica) are many in number. Others poking out along the trails, but not in great numbers include fuchsia-flowering gooseberry (Ribes speciosum), hummingbird sage (Salvia spathaceae) and wishbone bush (Mirabilis laevis).
  • Topanga Canyon State park along the Los Liones Trail, the green bark ceanothus (Ceanothus spinosus) is blooming with fragrant, pale blue flowers. Canyon and bush sunflowers (Venegasia carpesioides and Encelia californica) are a nice yellow contrast to the blue ceanothus, like sunset over the ocean. Don’t miss the California live-forever (Dudleya sp.) along the rocks.
  • Zuma Ridge has prickly phlox (Linanthus californicus), paintbrush (Castilleja sp.), deer weed (Acmispon glaber), manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.) and purple nightshade (Solanum sp.) to add to the Santa Monica Mountains flora this week
  • Colorado Lagoon and the Jack Dunster Marine Biological Preserve both have an amazing number of blooming native plants. Sit on a park bench and enjoy watching insect pollinators on tidy tips, (Layia platyglossa), arroyo lupine (Lupinus succulentus), beach primrose (Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia), and baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii). The shrubby perennials like coast sunflower (Venegasia carpesioides), bladder-pod (Peritoma arborea) are also spectacular here. The Dunster Preserve is a secluded gem of Coastal Sage Scrub habitat. Chalk dudleya, (Dudleya pulverulenta), California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum), Island snapdragon (Galvesia speciosa), several sage species (Salvia spp.), giant coreopsis (Leptosyne gigantea) and California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
  • Environmental Nature Center in Newport are showing off yellow blossoms of bush poppy (Dendromecon rigida), flannel bush (Fremontodendron mexicanum), California coast brittlebush (Encelia californica), and Nevin’s barberry (Berberis nevenii). Also enjoy fuchsia-flowering gooseberry (Ribes speciosum) and the chaparral currant (Ribes malvaceum). There are also many, many ceanothus (Ceanothus spp.) providing waves of blue color..
  • Torrey Pines State  Natural Preserve. , sand verbena (Abronia spp.), milk maids (Cardamine californica), paintbrush (Castilleja sp.) and yellow sea dahlia (Leptosyne [Coreopsis] maritima) can be found along the trails with lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia), warty-stem ceanothus (Ceanothus verrucosus) standing tall among them.
  • Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve the shooting stars, (Dodecatheon  clevelandii) are just starting to peak.  Look in pockets of shaded areas along the trails for milk maids (Cardamine californica), violets (Viola douglassii) and miner’s lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata ssp. mexicana). California peony (Paeonia californica) can be seen tucked under the flowering ceanothus (Ceanothus spp,)
  • Placerita Canyon Natural Area, 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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