Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 25, 2020

Homestead Valley Land Trust Wildflowers 5/24/2020

Homestead Valley has a new wildflower update. See photos and maps at May 24, 2020

NEW
– California tea a small ground cover with purple tipped pea flowers is blooming in the meadow below 11.
– Celery leaved lovage is blooming with white umbrella flowers between 5a and 6a and on the Red Plum Trail.
– Featherweed blooms with brown tufts at forest edge.
– Hedge parsley* this noxious weed blooms with small white flowers in an umbrella cluster. It will soon go to seed an make burrs that stick to fur and clothing.
– Iris-leaved rush is blooming in the seep on the trail near 12.
– Ocean spray bush is blooming with white frothy flowers in forests.
– Purple clarkia is blooming in the meadow on the Red Plum Trail.

Forests
– Andrew’s clinton, with its bright pink lily flowers, is growing in the Weedon redwoods and can be seen from Laverne.
– Broadleaf hellebore*, native of Eurasia, is an orchid blooming pinkish green in forests.
– California buckeye, a tree lining many of our local streets is starting to bloom.
– California coffeeberry, one of the most common shrubs of the forest understory, is blooming with clusters of flowers.
– California honeysuckle, a vine, blooms with pink blooms.
– 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.
– Forget me nots*, this non-native invasive with pretty blue flowers is starting to bloom now in forests.
– Pacific pea, a vine with pink or purple pea flowers is blooming in forests.
– Pacific sanicle is blooming in forests with mustard colored flowers.
– Pacific star flower’s bright pink star-shaped flowers are blooming in forests.
– Purple cestrum*, native of Mexico, is blooming with red flowers next to the bridge at Stolte Grove.
– Redwood sorrel is blooming pink under the redwoods near 435 Laverne.
– Spotted coralroot, an orchid, is blooming on red stalks in forests.
– Small flowered nemophila is blooming in forests.
– Thimbleberry is blooming with white flowers in forests.
– White hawkweed with its white flowers on tall stalks is blooming in forests.
– Woodland madia is blooming bright yellow in forests.
– Wood rose is blooming pale pink and white in forests.
– Wood sweet cicely is blooming with tiny white flowers in forests.

Forest edge
– Alum root, with its small white bell flowers, is blooming at forest edge.
– Canyon nemophila, dainty and white with leaves that remind me of a frog’s foot is blooming on creek banks.
– Climbing bedstraw with tiny 4-petaled cream flowers is blooming as it climbs over other plants.
– Creeping snowberry is blooming at forest edge with pink bell flowers.
– Crimson columbine is blooming with red and yellow flowers at forest edge.
– Figwort, one of our great plants for insects is blooming with its irregular flowers at the forest edge.
– Fringe cups is blooming beside the creek by 435 Laverne.
– Hedgenettle, in the mint family, is blooming with mauve flowers at forest edges.
– Pacific bleeding heart is blooming with heart-shaped pink flowers below the redwood tree visible from Laverne to the left of the creek at 435.
– Sticky cinquefoil is blooming with pale yellow flowers at forest edge.
– Striped coralroot, a beautiful orchid, is blooming with coral striped flowers and forest edge.
– White flowered onion*, an invasive with white bell flowers is blooming in wet spots.
– White ramping fumitory*, an invasive native of Europe, is blooming below Cowboy Rock.
– Yerba buena, an aromatic creeping mint with white flowers, is blooming at forest edge.

Meadows
– American wild carrot is blooming in meadows.
– 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 everlasting is blooming in the meadows of Homestead Hill.
– 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.
– 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.
– Common yarrow with white flower clusters and distinctive lacy foliage is blooming on Homestead Hill.
– Cow parsnip is blooming with large white umbels in the meadow below Amaranth.
– Coyote mint is blooming purple in meadows.
– Douglas iris is blooming cream in meadows on Homestead Hill.
– English daisy*, native of Europe, is blooming in the meadow below Amaranth.
– Field madder*, native of Europe, is blooming with very small 4-petaled pink flowers in meadows.
– Flax*, native of the Mediterranean region, is blooming with pale blue flowers in meadows.
– Hairy wood sorrel is blooming yellow along the Homestead Fire Road.
– Ithuriel spear’s bright blue trumpet flowers are blooming in meadows.
– Lance leaf self heal is blooming velvety purple in seeps on the Homestead Trail near 12.
– Milkwort is blooming low and purple in the meadow near 14.
– Naked buckwheat is blooming in meadows below Homestead Hill.
– Narrowleaf mule ears is blooming in meadows on the Homestead Hill.
– Oakland star tulip, also a listed rare plant, is blooming in meadows.
– Ookow’s clusters of purple flowers are blooming on tall stalks in the meadows.
– Pigmy weed, small and red is blooming on rock outcrops.
– Pineappleweed smells and is used like chamomile and is blooming in meadows on Homestead Hill.
– Purple sanicle is blooming in meadows with burgundy pom poms and lacy leaves.
– Purple western morning glory is blooming with pink veined white trumpet flowers in meadows.
– Scotch broom*, one of the most aggressive invasive shrubs in Homestead is starting to bloom with bright yellow pea flowers in meadows.
– Shamrock clover*, native to Europe, is blooming yellow in meadows.
– Silver lupine with its clusters of purple pea flowers is blooming on Homestead Hill.
– Sky lupin is blooming in the meadow on Pixie Trail.
– Sticky monkeyflower is blooming orange in meadows.
– Common yarrow with white flower clusters and distinctive lacy foliage is blooming on Homestead Hill.
– Wavyleaf soap plant is blooming with sprays of white flowers that bloom in late afternoon.
– Coyote mint is blooming purple in meadows.- Coyote mint is blooming purple in meadows.
– Lance leaf self heal is blooming velvety purple in seeps on the Homestead Trail near 12.

*Non-native


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