Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 11, 2017

Marin County Wildflowers: Homestead Valley Land Trust 2/11/17

Homestead Valley Land Trust in Mill Valley in Marin County reports

NEW
– Checker lily is blooming along the Eagle Trail, going up, 8 steps past the little creek below 9e on the right.
– Chickweed, a native of Europe, is edible and nutritious, and is used as a leaf vegetable, often raw in salads.
– Douglas iris is blooming with purple and white blooms near the large Indian warrior patch at 9k.
– Ground iris is blooming white on the oak knoll after you cross the creek above 9d.
– Indian warrior is popping up in many locations but is only showing bright color at the large patch at 9k.
– Shooting star is blooming below the sign post at 9e with lots of buds nearby.

see photos at http://www.hvlt.org/february-10-2017/

Forests
Starting
– Forget-me-not* the familiar pretty little blue flower, a European native, is starting to bloom now. This is one of our most successful invasives covering the forest floor and crowding out native species.
Peaking
– Fetid adder’s tongue, one of our most exotic and earliest spring wildflowers is blooming in its woodland locations. It grows in patches so, if you see one, look for more.
– Green wattle with its heady scent, is blooming with its yellow puff flowers. This native of Eastern Australia blooms after the first rains.
– Trillium, with its white flower in the center of three heart shaped leaves is blooming in the forest.
Fading
– California bay laurel, one of the most common trees in the woods, is blooming with vanilla scented flowers.

Forest Edges
Starting
– Milkmaids, are just starting. This is a member of the mustard/radish family (edible).
Peaking
– Pacific hounds tongue with its small blue flowers and large leaves is popping up all over and blooming at the edges of the forest and in shaded meadows.

Meadows
Starting
– Death camus is blooming in woodland meadows, the whole plant is poisonous, hence the name.
– Greene’s saxifrage, one of the flowers in Homestead found only on the Ridgewood Rock is blooming there now. These tiny blooms stand atop long stems and bloom on the mossy shelves of the rock.
– White flowered onion*, native to the Mediterranean basin, is blooming in gutters and wet places. All parts of the plant from the bulb to the flower are edible.

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