Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 10, 2019

Homestead Valley Land Trust Wildflowers 6/9/19

Homestead Valley has a new wildflower update. See photos Homestead Valley June 9

NEW
– California coffeberry shrub is blooming in forests with clusters of white flowers.
– California honeysuckle is blooming with pink flowers on vines climbing bushes and trees.
– Hedge parsley*, native to Europe, is a listed invasive here. With pretty, carroty foliage, its small white flower clusters make vicious, prickly burrs when they go to seed. These burrs attach to socks or fur and are transported deep into our wildlands. Please weed now before the burrs are formed.
– Hellebore*, an orchid, is native to Eurasia and is blooming now in forests with stalks of greenish purple flowers.
– Lance leaf selfheal is blooming in bright sun with rich velvety purple whirled clusters.

Forests
– Alum root, with frothy white bell flowers and geranium-looking foliage, 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.
– 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.
– Hedgenettle, a mint, blooms in purple rounds up a stalk in forests.
– Pacific pea, one of our native pea vines, blooms with delicate blush flowers in forests.
– Pacific star flower’s delicate pink flower floats over low oval leaves in and is carpeting open areas in the forest.
– Redwood sorrel has a cream 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.
– Stinking iris*, native of Europe, blooms with khaki and purple flowers at a few spots along forest trails.
– Striped coralroot, an orchid, is a spectacular find under the bays near 6d.
– Thimbleberry, a shrub with velvety maple leaf shaped leaves is blooming with large white flowers.
– White hawkweed blooms at the end of long stalks with 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.
– Woodland madia’s bright yellow flowers bloom in forests.

Forest edges
– American vetch, one of our native pea vines is blooming purple.
– Buckeye trees are starting to bloom with large clusters of white flowers. Lining our roads, they make a beautiful display when fully blooming.
– Common snowberry’s little pink flowers are blooming on this small bush at forest edges.
– 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.
– 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.
– Fringe cups blooms in forests along streams on tall stalks with pale green flowers with distinctive fringe edges that turn pink when fading.
– Latin American fleabane*, native of Central America, has colonized a small area below Amaranth.
– Small flowered nemophila, a low ground cover, blooms with small white flowers.
– Wavyleaf soap plant blooms with open white stars on long stalks. Pollinated by moths, the flowers open late in the day.
– Yerba buena, a bright green ground hugging trailing plant is blooming with small white flowers. Leaves aromatic. Edible.

Meadows
– Black elderberry, a large shrub with clusters of white flowers is blooming near Panoramic below the fire road.
– Blue eyed grass is blooming with glossy purple flowers in meadows.
– Bluff lettuce, a succulent, is blooming with yellow flowers on red stalks.
– California everlasting has clusters of tight white flowers and blooms in meadows.
– California poppy, orange and bright, it’s starting to bloom now and will continue late into the summer.
– Common yarrow with its tight white umbel is blooming in full sun on the ridge.
– English plantain*, native of Eurasia, tall stalk is blooming with a white corolla.
– Ithuriel spear, open clusters of purple flowers on a tall stalk, are starting to bloom in meadows.
– Mule’s ear with its bright yellow sunflowers is blooming in the ridge meadow.
– Naked buckwheat blooms in pink clusters on rock outcrops in meadows.
– 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.
– 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.
– Poison hemlock*, native of Europe has a delicate white umbel and mottled red stems. Poisonous, use gloves when weeding.
– Redstem filaree*, native of Eurasia, is blooming with its pretty pink flowers in full sun.
– 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.
– Sticky monkeyflower with its orange flower blooms in sunny spots and will bloom all summer.
– Tocalote*, native of the Mediterranean region is an invasive weed found in meadows another unfortunate byproduct of ranching.

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.
– 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.
– 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.
– Sticky monkeyflower with its orange flower blooms in sunny spots and will bloom all summer.
– Subterranean clover*, native of Europe, is blooming along Homestead Fire Road on the ridge of Homestead Hill.
– Tomcat clover is blooming purple on the Ridgewood Rock.


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