Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 12, 2019

Homestead Valley Land Trust Wildflowers 4/23/19

Homestead Valley has a new wildflower update. See photos Homestead Valley April 23

– Alum root, with small bell flowers, blooms in cool seeps.
– Andrews clinton, a lily of the redwood understory blooms bright pink on long stalks out of waxy bright leaves. A roadside wildflower, see it on the bank of Laverne above Stolte Grove.
– Canyon nemophila blooms small and white in cool seeps.
– Common yarrow with its tight white umbel is blooming in full sun on the ridge.
– Cowbag clover with its purple blooms that look like balloons is blooming in a wildflower meadow off the Homestead Fire Road.
– Feathery false lily of the valley is blooming in the forest near the water tank at 6d with a long stalk with a bushy cream flower. Very fragrant.
– Figwort blooms with a distinctive shaped rust red flower on a nettles-looking plant. Another roadside wildflower, look for it along wooded road cuts down at the start of Reed and throughout the forests. An important plant for bees and butterflies.
– Narrow-leaf bird’s foot trefoil*, native of Europe, is blooming bright yellow on the ridge of Homestead Hill.
– Narrowleaf cottonrose*, a naturalized native of the Mediterranean region is blooming on the ridge of Homestead Hill.
– Ookow, taller with larger clusters than the more common, blue dicks, is blooming on the ridge of Homestead Hill.
– Pineapple weed grows on Homestead Fire Road, releasing its chamomile scent as you crush it underfoot.
– Purple western morning glory, a vine with pink to cream trumpet flowers is blooming on the ridge of Homestead Hill.
– Shamrock clover*, native of Europe is blooming with yellow dome flowers on the ridge of Homestead Hill.
– Sticky cinquefoil, a tall, creamy yellow looking strawberry is blooming with columbine at the bridge near 12.
– Subterranean clover*, native of Europe, is blooming along Homestead Fire Road on the ridge of Homestead Hill.

– 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.
– Fairy bells’ cream flowers bloom under their ladder of leaves so you have to look under to see the bells.
– False lily of the valley is carpeting 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; if they have seeds, carry out and dispose.
– 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.
– Pacific pea, one of our native pea vines, blooms with delicate blush flowers in forests.
– Pacific sanicle’s dark, glossy, lobed leaves line the forest trails and their tall flower spikes are blooming now with mustard clusters.
– Pacific star flower’s delicate pink flower floats over low oval leaves in and is carpeting open areas in the forest.
– 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.
– Redwood sorrel has a bream bell flower and is blooming under the redwood near 435 Laverne.
– Spotted coralroot, our most common orchid, blooms white throated on a red stem under oaks, sometimes in great profusion.
– Thimbleberry, a shrub with velvety maple leaf shaped leaves is blooming with large white flowers.
– Wood rose, our native rose, is starting to bloom in the woods.
– Wood sweet-cicely, found throughout the forests of Homestead blooms with small white flowers.

Forest edges
– 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.
– Crimson columbine with its bright red and yellow flowers is blooming below the trail near 11a and below Amaranth, down slope before the first creek after 7a.
– Fringe cups blooms in forests along streams on tall stalks with pale green flowers with distinctive fringe edges.
– 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.
– 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.

– 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 buttercup, bright yellow and glossy is blooming in meadows.
– California goldfields blooms in colonies, carpeting meadows brilliant yellow.
– California plantain’s blooms with minute translucent petals.
– 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.
– English plantain*, native of Eurasia, tall stalk is blooming with a white corolla.
– Field madder*, native of the Mediterranean, is blooming in meadows with little pink star flowers.
– Ground iris is blooming purple in meadows and forests.
– Hill lotus, blooms small with blush colored pea flowers.
– Indian warrior’s tall burgundy spikes are blooming all up and down the hillside under the oaks at 15 on the Homestead trail.
– Mule’s ear with its bright yellow sunflowers is blooming in the ridge meadow.
– Oakland star tulip is blooming with its whiteish, mariposa lily-shaped flower in meadows and on the Homestead Trail.
– Owl’s clover’s pink tufts have yellow and white details and is blooming on the knoll near the Panoramic gate.
– Poison hemlock*, native of Europe has a delicate white umbel and mottled red stems. Poisonous, use gloves when weeding.
– Purple sanicle with purple puff flowers is blooming in meadows.
– Pigmy weed, a small succulent, is blooming with microscopic red flowers on the Ridgewood Rock.
– Red elderberry large shrub blooms with white clusters on the trail to Homestead Hill.
– Redstem filaree*, native of Eurasia, is blooming with its pretty pink flowers in full sun.
– Rosy sandcrocus*, native of South Africa, has a lovely pink flower and grows in meadows.
– Shepherd’s needle*, native of Eurasia, has white flowers and lacy, carroty leaves and is blooming in full sun on the Ridgewood Rock.
– Shortspur seablush, a white flower cluster is blooming white on the Ridgewood Rock.
– Silver lupine blooms purple on large silver leaved bushes up on the ridge.
– Sky lupine, bright blue with white grows in sun on Pixie and Homestead Hill.
– Smooth cat’s ear*, native to Europe is a carpet of dandelion-like rosettes that are now blooming yellow on the Ridgewood Rock.
– 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.
– Tomcat clover is blooming purple on the Ridgewood Rock.
– Winter cress with its small yellow flowers is blooming below Homestead Hill.
– Wooly lomatium is blooming with its champagne froth clusters near its bright yellow cousin, spring gold, on the Ridgewood Rock.

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