Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 15, 2014

Skyline Serpentine Prairie Wildflower Report 3/15/14

The main flowers today at Skyline Serpentine Prairie were California Poppies. There were a number of patches that had fairly good numbers of poppies as well as many spread throughout. There were not the larger displays that I have seen a little later in the year (and when there is more rain). Also seen were Blue-eyed Grass, California Buttercups, Miner’s Lettuce and Western Bluebirds.

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Skyline Serpentine Prairie is Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, Ca.  It is a restoration and protected area.  The management of the area includes prescribed burns and weeding out of invasive species. Serpentine is the official California state rock.  Serpentine areas are not supportive of many alien species. Serpentine creates an area that is supportive of native wildflowers and grasses that are tolerant of extreme soil conditions, including a low calcium-to-magnesium ratio and a lack of essential nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. The prairie is protected by fence but can be easily viewed and photographed from the surrounding paths. Learn more at Skyline Serpentine Prairie an article by Steve Edwards the former director of Regional Parks Botanic Garden.


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