Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 2, 2017

Salt Point and Kruze Rhododendron Wildflowers 6/1/17

Where to photograph in California – Yahoo Groups Calphoto has the following new report for Salt Point State Park and Kruze Rhododendron State Natural Area

The Salt Point trail between the visitor center and Stump Beach cove was particularly satisfying, with both number, variety and often density of flowers, along with a lovely backdrop of stone, coves, sea lions and beautiful shoreline. In full bloom now are sea thrift (just passing peak, but everywhere), lupines (including a lot of yellow bush lupines), poppies, beach aster, some sort of dwarf brodiaea, indian warrior, tidy tips, and others that I’m too tired to name. So many succulents (not sure if they’re a type of Dudleya) growing in so many nooks and crannies are in bud, should be starting to bloom in the next week or so. Lots of grasses too at times, some I don’t know, but quite a bit of rattlesnake grass, which is unfortunate, yet does lend some interesting texture.

Kruse was odd. About one in every 10 rhododendrons that we saw had one or two small groups of flowers, but rarely showed any old ones (indicating that it was past peak) or flowers in bud (indicating that it was pre-peak.) No idea what to make of that, but on the whole disappointing. There were other things blooming under the trees, including trail plant, violets, and here and there a gorgeous red lily.

There were, however, what I think are Rhododendron columbianum in full bloom, with a particularly nice stand of them near the Gerstle entrance, and a few around Kruse.



  1. We were at Kruse on 5/31. There’s a coralroot orchid blooming there, on the cutback above the parking lot, to the right of trailhead. Believe it to be Corallorhiza mertensiana. First time we’ve seen this, in 35 years of going this area. The coralroot is in clumps, one containing 100 or more “stalks”.
    The lily mentioned above is the Coast Lily, which is profuse along a stretch of Hwy 1, at the southern limit of Salt Point SP.
    Lots of blooms on the headlands still to see!


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