Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 17, 2019

Santa Monica Mountains Wildflowers 6/17/19

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has one new report

This has been a year when almost any hike you take in a wild place is going to give you a gratifying display of wildflowers. The popular media has frequently provided us all with dramatic flower reports and suggestions of where to see the more spectacular displays. Added to that is the drama and beauty of the recovering burned landscapes here in the Santa Monica Mountains. All in all this is a flower season not to be missed.

Topanga Canyon State Park Santa Ynez Canyon 6/14
         The flowers in this canyon, and then the chaparral beyond, just keep getting better and better. There are many, gorgeous, Humboldt lilies in bloom. I can never tire of seeing them. Otherwise the riparian area, while beautiful, does not have a lot of flowers. There is heart-leaf penstemon, canyon sunflower, wild rose and sticky monkey flower. There are more treats in store when reaching the chaparral area. The scarlet larkspur are in full and beautiful bloom and so are the spectacular Plummer’s mariposa lilies. Also in the chaparral are tiny sapphire wool stars and towering yuccas, white snapdragon, mustard evening primrose, dudley’s and golden star lilies.

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