Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 10, 2017

Hungry Valley Wildflowers 4/9/17

Hungry Valley OHV has a new wildflower  report for 4/9/17

The variety of flowers blooming inside the park has increased in the last week. While the poppies are still scarce, there are large pinkish orange swatches in the grasslands and around the park that may look like poppies in the distance. Look closely and you will see that it is the stems of the miner’s lettuce casting the orange hue; the flowers themselves are quite small and white. Patches of purple phacelia, with an occasional white morph, are still blooming in the grasslands.

As you enter the park from the north, several varieties of lupine are visible with varying shades of purple mixed among the pinkish filaree and the yellow silver puffs along Spaghetti Pass. There is a lot of yellow throughout the park with the bladderpod, golden bush and goldfields still in bloom and a nice bright patch of valley sunflowers near Sterling Campground. The red maids are showy and randomly scattered through the park; look for the bright pink.

The purple sage has started blooming near the S curve approaching Smith Forks. Further south, there are still tidy tips among the goldfields. Wild rhubarb is near the road by Lane Ranch Campground and the yucca is budding out dramatically. The valley oaks are blooming near the south entrance. Between the south entrance and the freeway are some white lupines and chia blooming on the hillsides.

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