Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 17, 2020

Homestead Valley Land Trust Wildflowers 3/16/2020

A recent wildflower hike at Homestead Valley, in Marin county. An interesting hike with lots of wildflowers!
https://wildflowers.russellramblings.com/2020/03/homestead-valley-wildflowers/

Also Homestead Valley has a new wildflower update. See photos and maps at March 16, 2020

NEW
– Big leaf maple is blooming in forests, at Stolte Grove and along the Homestead Trail.
– Blackwood acacia*, native of Australia, is blooming below Pixie Trail at forest edges.
– Miner’s lettuce, a favorite edible, is blooming in wet places with a small white flower in the middle of a fleshy disk.
– Primrose jasmine*, native of China, is blooming below the bench on Kerouac Hill.
– Purple cestrum*, native of Mexico, is blooming with red flowers next to the bridge at Stolte Grove.
– Sky lupin is blooming in the meadow on Pixie Trail.
– White ramping fumitory*, an invasive native of Europe, is blooming below Cowboy Rock.

Forests
– Bay trees’ yellow clusters of flowers are filling the air with their sweet vanilla scent.
– Canyon gooseberry with its little Chinese lantern red and white flowers is blooming in the forest near 16.
– Fairy bells, low and branching with white bell flowers hanging under the leaves is blooming in forests.
– False lily of the valley with its ladder of pointed leaves leading to white star flowers is blooming in forests.
– Fetid adder’s tongue, a small lily with distinctive red mottled leaves, is blooming at several locations in the forest along the Homestead Trail.
– Forget me nots*, this non-native invasive with pretty blue flowers is starting to bloom now in forests.
– Giant trillium is blooming with cream or burgundy flowers along the Homestead Trail in forests.
– Hazel, a common deciduous shrub in the forest is waking up and the female flowers are very small tassels of bright red.
– Indian warrior’s burgundy plumes are spreading down the hill below 15 on the Homestead Trail.
– Manroot, a vine in the gourd family with large leaves and white flowers is blooming in forests.
– Milkmaids with their white flowers is starting to bloom in the forests.
– Oso berry is blooming with arching white, fragrant flowers in forests.
– Pacific pea, a vine with pink or purple pea flowers is blooming in forests.
– Trilium is blooming under bay trees in the forest near the water tank at 6d.

Forest edge
– Greene’s saxifrage, with its small white flower is blooming on the Ridgewood Rock. This is over a month later than usual.
– Pacific hounds tongue with its bright blue flowers on tall stalks with large arrow leaves is blooming at forest edges.
– Shooting star with its distinctive shooting star shaped flower is blooming in forest edges
– White flowered onion*, an invasive with white bell flowers is blooming in wet spots.
– Wintercress’s yellow flowers are blooming at meadow’s edge.
– Woodland strawberry, a common ground cover at forest edges is starting to bloom white.

Meadows
– Barberry’s leaves are pointy like a holly; its flowers are blooming bright yellow with fragrant flowers in meadows up on Homestead Hill.
– Blue dicks is starting to bloom purple in the meadows of Homestead Hill.
– Blue-eyed grass, a member of the iris family, is blooming with a bright blue flower on Homestead Hill.
– Buttercup’s bright yellow flowers are blooming in meadows.
– California blackberry’s white flowers are blooming.
– California goldfields usually grows in dense patches of small gold ray flowers but only a few are blooming now on the rock on the trail above 10a.
– California plantain is blooming with its very small translucent flowers on the Homestead Fire Road.
– California poppy’s bright orange flowers are blooming in meadows.
– Checker lily has started blooming with chocolate bells and yellow spots in the meadows below Amaranth.
– Checkerbloom’s pink is blooming in the meadows of Homestead Hill.
– Common vetch’s*, native of the Mediterranean area, pretty pink flowers are blooming on Homestead Hill.
– Douglas iris is blooming cream in meadows on Homestead Hill.
– English daisy*, native of Europe, is blooming in the meadow below Amaranth.
– Footsteps of spring is blooming in the middle of the trail at 7j below the Homestead Hill.
– Fremont’s deathcamas’s cluster of white star flowers is blooming in the meadow below Amaranth.
– Ground iris is blooming deep purple in meadows on Homestead Hill.
– Hairy wood sorrel is blooming yellow along the Homestead Fire Road.
– Marin checker lily, a listed rare plant is blooming with chocolate bells in meadows.
– Oakland star tulip, also a listed rare plant, is blooming in the meadow below 11.
– Red elderberry’s large shrub is blooming with white clusters below 4-Corners.
– Red maids is blooming with its shiny rich pink flowers on Homestead Hill.
– Rosy sandcrocus*, native of South Africa, is blooming pink with yellow centers in meadows.
– Ruby sandspury*, native of Europe and Asia, is blooming with small purple flowers on the Homestead Fire Road.
– Scotch broom*, one of the most aggressive invasive shrubs in Homestead is starting to bloom with bright yellow pea flowers in meadows.
– Silver lupine with its clusters of purple pea flowers is blooming on Homestead Hill.
– Spring gold’s bright yellow flowers are blooming on the Ridgewood Rock.
– Sun cups are blooming yellow in meadows on Homestead Hill.
– Wooly lomatium, in the carrot family, with lacy foliage and white wooly umbels is blooming in meadows up on the Homestead Hill


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