Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 20, 2018

Homestead Valley Land Trust Wildflowers 3/20/18

Homestead Valley Land Trust report below for  on March 20. See map and photos at Homestead Valley Land Trust

NEW
– Blue eyed grass, in the iris family, blooms purple with a yellow center
– California goldfields is just starting to bloom. When it’s peaking, carpets of bright yellow will cover the ground
– Douglas iris with blooms from pale cream to rich purple is blooming in the forests
– Filaree*, native to the Mediterranean, has small purple flowers and blooms in disturbed areas like trails
– Giant trillium with blooms in cream or pink is blooming in forests
– Pacific pea with pink and white flowers is blooming in forests
– Purple sanicle and its magenta puff flowers blooms in forests along the Homestead Trail
– Winter cress with bright yellow flowers and waxy leaves is blooming up on the ridge

Forests
Starting
– California huckleberry with its small white lantern flowers is blooming in forests.
– False lily of the valley with its star white flower always seems to bloom first near the Madrone Park Circle bench (14) but is coming up all over and will brighten the forests soon.
– Forget-me-nots, native to Europe, is one of our most successful invaders. Easy to pull, easiest to identify when it’s flowering, so pull it then.
– Manroot, a native vine with large maple-shaped leaves is blooming white as it climbs.
– Milkmaids, a pretty white flower with arugula-tasting leaves is blooming in forests.
– Miner’s lettuce one of our most popular edibles, has a small white flower. Claytonia had a false start with the early season rains but is coming on well now that they are picking up.
– White flowered onion*, edible and native to the Mediterranean, is blooming in wet spots with its white cone flowers. Pull it up by the roots if you can.
Peaking
– Canyon gooseberry is blooming at the Ridgewood u-bend, trailhead to 13 and in the forests where huckleberry grows. The flowers are very small, blooming on almost bare branches as they emerge with the leaves.
– Fairy bells cream flowers hang below the leaves of this woodland plant.
– Indian warrior is a ruby carpet at 15 right along the Homestead Trail – that we finished clearing a few months ago.
– Scotch broom, native to Western Europe, one of the most aggressive invaders of our meadows is blooming with its yellow pea flowers. Pull it before it goes to seed if you can.
Fading
– Fetid adder’s tongue, one of our most exotic blooms is blooming in large patches.
– Oso berry, our native plum, is just starting to bloom on the Ridgewood Rock.
– Tasmanian blue gum, is blooming white high in the huge eucalyptus trees.
– Trillium are bright white or pale pink in their bed of three green leaves on the forest floor.

Forest edges
Starting
– California blackberry is blooming with paper-white flowers, on a thinner, trailing vine than Himalayan blackberry.
– Sourgrass*, native to South Africa, is blooming up on the ridge. Although fun to chew on for kids, this plant is a very successful non-native spreading in wet locations where natives might otherwise grow.
– Woodland strawberry blooms are starting now where there is sun, will persist for months in different habitats as they warm.
Peaking
– Barberry, hollylike leaves and clusters of fragrant, yellow flowers.
– Spring gold is blooming yellow on the Ridgewood Rock.
Fading
– Greene’s saxifrage’s small white flowers are opening on a moss covered shelf of the Ridgewood Rock.
– Pacific hounds tongue with its forget-me-not-looking flowers and large leaves is blooming now in oak meadows. There are also tons of emerging leaves promising a big year for this wildflower.

Meadows
Starting
– Blue dicks is starting to bloom on Coyote Rock and along the Homestead Fire Road above the Waterview trailhead.
– California buttercup is starting to bloom bright yellow in meadows.
– California plantain almost too small to see but getting very close is rewarded with the many translucent disks of its flower
– California poppy, one of the longest bloomers, is bright orange in meadows up on the ridge.
– Checkerbloom’s bright pink is starting to bloom on the ridges of Homestead Hill.
– Chickweed, native to Europe, medicinal and edible is blooming with its white star flower.
– French broom, native to the Mediterranean, is one of our most aggressive invaders and also one of the easiest to pull.
– Ground iris is blooming purple in meadows.
– Oakland star tulip one of our rare plants, has a small delicate cup flower well worth scrutinizing in meadows.
– Suncups on the ground with yellow flowers is starting down near 13 but will be on the ridge and in meadows soon.
– Woolly lomatium’s cream colored discs are blooming above Homestead Fire Road near Panoramic.
Peaking
– Checker lily, brown lily-bell flower with leopard print cup. Look for it at the forest edge or sheltered in meadows.
– Footsteps of spring are bright yellow, hugging the ground up on the ridge.
– Fremont’s deathcamas is blooming white wherever a bit of meadow peaks out from the shrubs.
– Marin checker lily with its chocolate bell flowers is blooming in the meadow below Amaranth.
– Shooting star with its bright pink flowers is blooming at trail junction 9, on the Ridgewood Rock and below Amaranth.

See map and photos at Homestead Valley Land Trust

 


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