East Garland Wildflowers

Here’s a little of what we saw today …

Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla)

Wood Mint (Stachys bullata)

Tomcat Clover (Trifolium wildenovii)

A honey bee visits a Common Madia (Madia elegans).

Common Linanthus (Linanthus parviflorus)

Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum)

Star Flower (Trientalis latifolia)

Coast Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis)

Johnny Jump-ups (Viola pedunculata) and one fading flower of Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)

View of Mt. Carmel from the shade of a freshly leafed out oak

A California Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata)

California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica)

Owl’s Clover (Castilleja exserta) and Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus) with the Sierra de Salinas, Tularcitos Ridge, Chews Ridge, etc. along the skyline.

Pink and white Owl’s Clover. This is all Castilleja exserta – in spite of its color, the white is not Castilleja attenuata.

Zigzag Larkspur (Delphinium patens)

Baby Blue-Eyes (Nemophila menziesii)

While the Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) in Modoc County are just getting started, the Goldfields here are drying up.

An especially sharp looking Chalcedon Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona). These butterflies, also know as Variable Checkerspots, have a lot of variation in their coloring.

Four-Spotted Clarkia (Clarkia purpurea)

Sticky Cinquefoil (Potentilla glandulosa)

Globe Lily (Calochortus albus)

Narrow-Leaved Meconella (Meconella linearis)

Other things currently blooming include:

Amsinckia menziesii, Cardamine californica, Ceanothus thyrsiflorus, Claytonia perfoliata, Dichelostemma capitatum, Dodecatheon clevelandii (yes, still in bloom at the higher elevations!), Fritillaria affinis, Lithophragma affine, Lithophragma heterophyllum, Lupinus albifrons, Marah fabaceus, Mimulus aurantiacus, Phacelia malvifolia, Pholistoma auritum, Platystemon californicus, Ranunculus californicus, Ribes speciosum, Rubus ursinus, Smilacina racemosa, and much, much more.

But it’s warming up and drying out, so you’d better go soon.

4 Responses to East Garland Wildflowers

  1. Lois DeFord says:

    Amazing photos – you did it again, knowing the names of all these flowers. I should just print up your photos and take them out with me to identify wildflowers. Better than any book I’ve seen for this area. Just two questions, one is regarding the photo of poison oak. Does it really bloom like that, or are we supposed to be looking behind those pretty blossoms to the nice shiny green leaves behind them? Question two, did you study botany in college or are you self-taught?

  2. xasauan says:

    Yes. Poison oak really blooms like that. Most people are just too busy trying to avoid touching it to notice. No. Never studied botany, but it does kind of run in the family. There’s an excellent new field guide to Garland wildflowers out (aimed at beginners), with far better photos than mine, by Michael Mitchell & Rod M. Yeager MD. I highly recommend it.

  3. Lois DeFord says:

    I was hiking near the coast the other day and saw large, I mean large patches of poison oak, but could not find one single blossom. Do you think it might be too early for poison oak to bloom on the coast? I’ve been watching poison oak for years, and have truly never seen it blooming.

  4. xasauan says:

    Don’t know about poison oak specifically, but it’s not unusual for plants on the coast to bloom at a different time than the same species further inland.

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