Bay Nature has an article on how the drought may affect wildflowers. A few highlights are:
- With less than normal rainfall, the plants most likely to bloom are those that are already established and don’t have to start from scratch (that is, from seed). Woody shrubs like manzanitas (Arctostaphylos species), silktassels (Garrya species), and flowering currants and gooseberries (Ribes species) are among the earliest native bloomers in the Bay Area.
- Some perennial plants—those that go dormant and often die back to their roots during the dry season—are also able to flower with less-than-optimal rainfall, and they’re beginning to bloom in many parts of the Bay Area. Look for milk maids (Cardamine californica), Indian warrior (Pedicularis densiflora), shooting stars (Primula clevelandii and Primula hendersonii), hound’s tongue (Cynoglossum grande), and California poppies (Eschscholzia californica).
- Annual wildflowers, growing from seed each year, have the toughest time with drought.
Read the full article at: How Are Wildflowers Coping with the Drought? « Bay Nature.