Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 17, 2019

Homestead Valley Land Trust Wildflowers 6/16/19

Homestead Valley has a new wildflower update. See photos Homestead Valley June 16

NEW
– American trailplant blooms with a small white flower at the top of a tall stalk above a bed of arrow shaped leaves.
– American wild carrot blooms with a broad tight cluster of white.
– California spikenard is blooming along creeks in forests with spherical balls tipped with white flowers.
– Purple clarkia is blooming with small purple cups in meadows.
– Featherweed blooms with brown tufts at forest edges.
– Harvest brodiaea blooms with rich purple open flowers in meadows.
– Milkwort blooms with purple irregular shaped flowers.
– Ocean spray blooms white with frothy pendulous clusters in forests.

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. From the road, see it on the bank of Laverne above Stolte Grove.
– 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.- Canyon nemophila blooms small and white in cool seeps.
– 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.
– Hellebore*, an orchid, is native to Eurasia and is blooming now in forests with stalks of greenish purple flowers.
– 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.
– Spotted coralroot, our most common orchid, blooms white throated on a red stem under oaks, sometimes in great profusion.
– Striped coralroot, an orchid, is a spectacular find under the bays near 6d.
– 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
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– Lance leaf selfheal is blooming in bright sun with rich velvety purple whirled clusters.
– 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.


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