Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 31, 2019

Homestead Valley Land Trust Wildflowers 3/30/19

Homestead Valley has a new wildflower update. See photos at Homestead Valley March 30 

NEW
– Fairy bells’ cream flowers bloom under their ladder of leaves so you have to look under to see the bells.
– Field madder*, native of the Mediterranean, is blooming in meadows with little pink star flowers.
– Pacific sanicle’s dark, glossy, lobed leaves line the forest trails and their tall flower spikes are blooming now with mustard clusters.
– Poison oak blooms with small white star flowers. One of the most common plants in the forest understory, its oil causes itchy allergic reactions in many people.

Forests
– Bay laurel, one of our most common trees, flowers smell sweetly of vanilla and bloom in cream clusters.
– California nutmeg, this conifer’s male pollen cones are blooming white.
– Coast live oak, another of our common trees, blooms with tassel flowers.
– Douglas iris is blooming white in the forests.
– Fetid adder’s tongue, one of our most exotic blooms is almost finished but a careful search will still find a few blooms.
– False lily of the valley is starting to carpet the forest with its white star flowers.
– Forget-me-not*, native of Europe, is one of the most invasive plants of the Homestead forest. Its seeds form small burrs that animals spread deep into wild areas. Please, pull forget-me-nots wherever you see them.
– Giant trillium is taller with larger leaves than the more common Pacific trillium, has vertical cream or purple flowers and is blooming beyond in the forest.
– Milkmaid’s white flowers are blooming throughout the forest.
– Pacific bleeding heart with its heart-shaped pink flowers and delicate foliage is blooming under the redwood trees next to 435 Laverne.
– Tasmanian blue gum, native to Australia, has gum nuts that are blooming now.
– Trilium, white bloom floating on three large heart-shaped leaves is almost finished but can still be found blooming in the forests.
– Wood sweet-cicely, found throughout the forests of Homestead blooms with small white flowers.

Forest edges
– Arroyo willow grows near water and is blooming with bottle brush flowers.
– American vetch, one of our native pea vines is blooming purple.
– California blackberry, is blooming white up on the ridge.
– Calla lily*, native to Southern Africa, has naturalized into wet seeps and is blooming white.
– Cape ivy, native of South Africa, is a noxious weed in California. It blankets shrubs, trees and ground, suppressing any other growth, is toxic to animals that eat it and to fish if it trails in the water.
– Chickweed*, native to Europe, a low weed with white flowers is a traditional edible and medicinal plant.
– Cowparsnip with its large white umbels is blooming at the forest edge.
– Latin American fleabane*, native of Central America, has colonized a small area below Amaranth.
– Manroot, the wild cucumber vine is blooming white.
– Milkflower cotoneaster*, native to China, is blooming with white clusters on the ridge.
– Miner’s lettuce with its white flowers at the center of an edible circular leaf is blooming in wet seeps.
– Pacific hound’s tongue’s tall blue flowers are blooming at the forest edge.
– Sourgrass*, native to South Africa, is a noxious weed here. Bright yellow flower, sour stem sucking.
– White flowered onion*, native of the Mediterranean basin, is blooming in wet areas – edible.
– Woodland strawberry is blooming white up on the ridge below Homestead Hill.

Meadows
– Barberry, this small, spiky-leaved shrub is blooming with scented yellow flowers.
– Blue dicks is blooming with purple clusters in meadows.
– Blue eyed grass is blooming with glossy purple flowers in meadows.
– California poppy, orange and bright, it’s starting to bloom now and will continue late into the summer.
– Checkerbloom is blooming pink up on the ridge.
– Checker lily’s yellow-spotted chocolate bell is blooming on the Ridgewood Rock with budding sprouts waiting nearby.
– Death camus, a white star lily is starting to bloom in meadows.
– Footsteps of spring’s chartreuse clusters brighten the ground up on the ridge.
– Greene’s saxifrage with its small white flower is blooming on the Ridgewood Rock.
– Ground iris is blooming purple in meadows and forests.
– Indian warrior’s tall burgundy spikes are blooming all up and down the hillside under the oaks at 15 on the Homestead trail.
– Oakland star tulip is blooming with its whiteish, mariposa lily-shaped flower in meadows and on the Homestead Trail.
– Marin checker lily, with chocolate bell flowers is almost finished blooming in the meadow below Amaranth.
– Purple sanicle with purple puff flowers is blooming in meadows.
– Rosy sandcrocus*, native of South Africa, has a lovely pink flower and grows in meadows.
– Shooting star with its distinctive pink flower is blooming on the Ridgewood Rock and below the trail junction sign at 9.
– Spring gold, a bright yellow ground hugging lomatium is blooming on the Ridgewood Rock.
– Sticky monkeyflower with its orange flower blooms in sunny spots and will bloom all summer.
– Suncups, bright yellow and ground hugging is blooming in meadows.
– Winter cress with its small yellow flowers is blooming below Homestead Hill.
– Woodland star’s dainty white flowers are blooming at the bottom of the Ridgewood Rock.
– Wooly lomatium is blooming with its champagne froth clusters near its bright yellow cousin, spring gold, on the Ridgewood Rock.


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