Past Wildflower Reports

Plants in Bloom on Wilma Follette’s Wednesday Wildflower Walks 2004-2000


Bull Point April 28, 2004
Walker Creek Bluffs April 6, 2004
Mount Burdell March 17, 2004
Tomales Bay State Park March 9, 2004
Mountain Theater – Bootjack Loop March 3, 2004
Matt Davis Trail May 14, 2003
Near Aurora School May 6, 2003
Indian Valley April 30, 2003
Pine Mountain April 2, 2003
Nicasio Reservoir March 25, 2003
Tennessee Valley Trail March 19, 2003
Marin Headlands March 5, 2003
Potrero Meadow, Mt. Tam May 29, 2002
Doss and Cheda-McIsaac Ranches May 21, 2002
Northside Trail Loop, Mt. Tamalpais May 15, 2002
Old Saint Hilary’s Open Space Preserve May 7, 2002
Abbotts Lagoon (Lunny Ranch) May 1, 2002
Big Rock Ridge April 23, 2002
Mountain Home – Double Bowknot April 17, 2002
Pump Road April 3, 2002
Rock Spring March 20, 2002
Martinelli Ranch March 12, 2002
Muir Woods March 6, 2002
French Ranch May 22, 2001
Gallinas Valley May 16, 2001
Old St. Hilary’s County Open Space, Tiburon May 8, 2001
Stairstep Falls Trail, S.P.Taylor State Park May 2, 2001
Heather Cutoff March 21, 2001
Limantour March 13, 2001
Rock Spring to West Point Inn March 7, 2001
Lake Lagunitas to Willow Meadow May 16, 2000
Little Carson Canyon April 26, 2000
Chimney Rock April 12, 2000
Millerton Point April 4, 2000
Tennessee Valley March 29, 2000
Marin Headlands March 1, 2000


Past Wildflower Reports

Wildflower Archive 2005 – 1999

July 27, 2005

Doreen Smith reports: “Here follows a list of “special” plants now flowering in the Abbotts Lagoon area – both adjacent to and off the main trail. Many would be difficult to find without guidance from someone who has spent at lot of time searching out there. In all I found 115 flowering species.
Cirsium andrewsii, Franciscan thistle
Campanula californica, marsh harebell
Stellaria littoralis, marsh stitchwort
Monardella undulata, dune coyote-mint
Alpecurus aequalis var. sonomensis, Sonoma short-awn foxtail
Chorizanthe spp., Spineflowers
Leptosiphon rosaceus, rosy linanthus.

Linanthus grandiflorus
photo by John Conley

July 4, 2005

John Conley reports “Linanthus grandiflorus is currently blooming profusely along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, near the “F Ranch”, on the Point Reyes Peninsula.&quot

Clarkia amoena ssp.amoenaphoto by Doreen L. SmithClarkia amoena ssp.amoenaphoto by Doreen L. Smith









June 23, 2005

Doreen Smith reports: “The roadside bank S. of the bridge where highway 1 crosses Stemple Creek north of Tomales is one mass of Clarkia amoena ssp.amoena “

Antirrhinum vexillo-calyculatum
photo by Peter Denisevich

June 21, 2005

Peter Denisevich reports: “Antirrhinum vexillo-calyculatum (Snapdragon) in Cascade Canyon MCOSD, Fairfax, near start of trail along north side of creek. Also at Phoenix Lake on road across dam.
…local fauna — Battus philenor (Pipevine Swallowtail) caterpillar on Aristolochia californica [and poison oak!], also in Cascade Canyon.”

June 13, 2005

Doreen Smith reports: “Gentiana affinis var. ovata in grassland and scrub on the bluffs above and to the west of Drakes Beach, Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Silene californica
photo by Ted Kipping










June 13, 2005

Ted Kipping: reports “Silene californica (Indian Pink) on embankment on road between Stinson Beach and Pan Toll Camp through Steep Ravine. The soil is a serpentine marl. The grasses are mostly festuca californica —a lovely glade just above the road. Indian pink is visible mid-June through August.”

June 3, 2005

Joe Kohn reports: Silene californica in bloom on the top of Ring Mountain in Tiburon.

May 24, 2005

Bob Soost reports: “There is an unusual display of Mule Ears, Wyethia angustifolia, in view from Nicasio Valley Rd. on the W side of the road at the S end (nearest Nicasio) of Nicasio reservoir. It is best seen from the wide, dirt turnoff (N of the row of trees that borders the road) on the W side of the road. There are hundreds of plants in bloom on the grassy slope and drainage area. “

April 29, 2005

Sharon Salisbury reports: “The Mira Flores Open Space in Tiburon is bursting with flowers. Both in numbers and variety, I have never seen this place so extravagemt. You can’t set your foot anywhere without stepping on a flower, even in the middle of the trails. To name a few…Triteleia laxa, Achillea millefolium, Lasthenia californica, Layia platyglossa (yellow seas), Poppies, Sisyrinchium californicum, Allium lacunosum (white pools of them, especially off the Gilmartin exit as you cut across to the cliffs) Cryptantha flaccida, Wyethia angustifolia, Lupines, Dudleya farinosa, Thermopsis californica, Trifolium fucatum, Climbing Morning Glory, Platystemon californicus, Sidalcea malviflora, Viola pedunculata, Castillega densiflora, Soap Plant, Ranunculus californicus, Vicia americana, Trifolium bifidum and these are just the ones I saw in 45 minutes. “

April 13, 2005

Calen Hall reports: “In the wet meadow on the road into the lake Lagunitas parking lot: Calochortus uniflorus – many, many more than last year Lasthenia californica, Lotus formosissimus, Iris macrosiphon – very fragrant, blue-eyed grass. Also of note are the masses of Lupinus nanus blooming on the same road about .25 mile back toward Bon Tempe lake. Mixed with poppies they remind me of the bloom down south.”

Streptanthus glandulosus ssp. secundus	
photo by Peter Denisevich

April 12, 2005

Peter Denisevich reports sighting of Streptanthus glandulosus ssp. secundus (One-sided Jewelflower) in bloom. ” In Fairfax, on the trail going east from Deer Park School, just below the junction with Worn Spring Road. Also on the rock outcrops along the lower part of the same trail.”

Aquilegia formosa	
photo by Brenda Lein

April 5, 2005

Brenda Lein reports: Red Columbine (Aquilegia formosa) in bloom. “This is the first I’ve seen this year. It’s in Deer Park. It’s on the right hand side of the trail between Oak Junction and Six Points (taking a left off the Fire Road to head up to Six Points from Deer Park.) There will be a few more along this trail as the days progress, but I think never as many as what we’ll see in Elliot Nature Preserve.”

April 5, 2005

Sharon Salisbury reports: “Discovered a wonderful wildflower trail in Novato called Blackstone Canyon. The path lead through a steep-sided verdant green valley and is followed the entire way by a tumbling, tuneful creek with sounds of frogs in the quieter places. There is a Woodwardia fimbriata on the left just a short way into the hike. It is at least 8’x8′. Never seen one so large. The first part of the trail is covered with Blue Dicks, and the most buttercups I have ever seen in one place. There are also many iris, both dark blue, pale mauve and hundreds of pale yellow ones, especially on the hills on the far side of the creek. Quite a few Woodland Stars, Intermediate Fiddlenecks at least two varieties of Lupines and a few California poppies. One very tiny species of lupine nestled in with Fewflower Clover…Also lots of Sweet Cicely and Snake Root. If you continue up the rather rough and step trail with the creek now on your left and cascading down in many small waterfalls, look to your right and you will see a large field of Chinese Houses and Blue Dicks. Quite a sight. I have never seen so many Chinese Houses in one place. The next lovely surprise was several scarlet Larkspur reaching out to touch me as I passed by. Many birds and butterflies, especially Painted Ladies.”

Delphinium nudicaule	
photo by Brenda Lein

April 3, 2005

Brenda Lein reports: “Carson Falls are just surrounded by the Red Larkspur. Even more spectacular then what we saw at Deer Park.”

April 2, 2005

Brenda Lein reports: “Above Deer Park, in Fairfax, on the Yolanda trail between Six Points and the fire road, on the ridge trail where it overlooks Deer Park field, Red Larkspur were growing amidst moss covered rocks. Quite a spectacular display of them!”

March 20, 2005

Calen Hall reports: “Calochortus umbellatus is blooming on the summit of Loma Alta above the cattle-proof gate facing Lucas Valley. I was delighted to run into it. Along the track to the summit from the Sleepy Hollow-Terra Linda ridge there are diminutive Collinsia and quite a few of a Delphinium. On the grassy hogbacks approaching White’s Hill from the north Nemophila menziesii, Platystemon californicus, Dichelostemma sp, Ranunculus californicus, man root, and a few I don’t know are abundant among the bunch grasses. Not many on the south-facing aspects, though.”

Calochortus umbellatus	
photo by Peter Denisevich

March 16, 2005

Peter Denisevich reports Calochortus umbellatus “in serpentinite soil on Pam’s Blue Ridge above Fairfax. I only saw two in bloom and one was pretty tattered.”

March 14, 2005

Sharon Salisbury reports: “The Calochortus umbellatus are blooming again on the Homestead Valley trail. I was up there yesterday and there must have been a hundred plus on the hill to the right of the trail. I turned left at the top and there were many more on both sides of the trail. Also Camissonia ovata, Smilacina stellata, Dichelostemma capitatum, Marah fabaceus and Fragaria vesca.”

Corallorhiza striata	
photo by Brenda Lein

March 8, 2005

Brenda Lein reports: Corallorhiza striata (Striped Coralroot) in bloom at “Deer Park – on Yolanda trail, midpoint between Six Points and the fire road/Worn Spring Road.”

Fritillaria liliacea
photo by M A Stevens

February 27, 2005

Mary Stevens reports: “Fritillaria liliacea is blooming by the side of Nicasio Valley Road, south of the intersection with the Petaluma-Pt. Reyes Road.

February 26, 2005

Sharon Salisbury reports: “on the Escalon Fire Trail I saw at least 50 Dodecatheon hendersonii on the bank and although not rare, I have been walking this trail for years and never seen them in this place nor so many. “

February 22, 2005

Don Henry reports: “There were today at least ten or twelve Calypso orchids in blossom above the trail east of the Rock Spring parking area; and ~80-90 Dodecatheon hendersonii along the nearby Simmons Trail, just beyond the point where the Benstein Trail forks off to the right.”

Fritillaria affinis var. tristulis
photo by John Conley

February 16, 2005

John Conley reports:”Our early (and wet) Spring is continuing to produce wildflower blooms in small but ever-increasing numbers, several weeks before one would normally expect to see them in those numbers. On February 12th, numerous wildflowers were in bloom at Chimney Rock and on the bluffs near the Point Reyes lighthouse. Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii) are currently abundant near the lighthouse parking area. The Point Reyes Checker (or Chocolate) Lily (Fritillaria affinis var. tristulis) is blooming nearby, as are the first flowers of the Coast Rock Cress (Arabis blepharophylla). Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana) are beginning to bloom at Chimney Rock, as are Checkerbloom (Sidalcea malviflora), Coast Fiddleneck (Amsinckia spectabilis), Field Chickweed (Cerastium arvense) and at least one species of Paintbrush (Castilleja sp.). Near the Chimney Rock parking area, Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) and “Johnny-Tuck” (Triphysaria eriantha var. rosea) are just beginning to bloom.”

Mimulus douglasii
photo by Doreen Smith

February 12, 2005

Doreen Smith reports: “many plants of the little mouse-ears monkeyflower, Mimulus douglasii,&quot on the s.slope of Mt. Burdell. From San Carlos Drive hike west then north to the watertank area of serpentine. The plants are near the watertank, on the s. facing serpentine slope.

February 10, 2005

Sharon Salisbury reports: “last week I found some Fetid Adder’s Tongues still blooming at Cascade Waterfall and yesterday on Homestead trail there were Milkmaids, Indian Warriors (Pedicularis densiflora), Hound’s Tongue (Cynoglossum grande), Fetid Adder’s Tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii), Trilliums (ovatum) and Mission Bells (Fritillaria lanceolata).”

Ranunculus lobbii
photo by Doreen Smith

February 2, 2005

Doreen Smith reports: “Ranunculus lobbii are now flowering (super-early) in a vernal pool near the Hicks Valley school. It is a rare, small white-flowered buttercup that
grows in vernal pools that dry up completely by summer. It is similar to a later-blooming species, Ranunculus aquatilis, but differs in petal shape and floating-leaf shape.

Erigeron glaucus
photo by John Conley

January 15, 2005

John Conley reports: “It seems that we are having an early Spring. Erigeron glaucus (Seaside Daisy) has been in bloom at Chimney Rock since (before) Christmas, and the blooms are now increasing by the day. Erysimum menziesii (“wallflower”) is also in bloom at Chimney Rock. “Footsteps of Spring” (Sanicula arctopoides) is beginning to bloom at Chimney Rock. “

Blennosperma nanum robustum





January 12, 2005

Doreen Smith reports: ” More flowers are up! Particularly the little blennosperma (Blennosperma nanum var, nanum) of Mt. Burdell’s S. slopes- west of and near San Carlos Drive open space entrance.”

January 6, 2005

Doreen Smith reports: ” The Dodecatheon hendersonii is in flower at the foot of Big Rock Ridge-i.e. back of my house in the “Open Space.” It is very early for them to bloom.”

Trillium chloropetalum
photo by John Conley

January 1, 2005

John Conley reports: “Trillium chloropetalum (aka Giant Wake Robin, Sessile Trillium, Giant Trillium) is in bloom at the lower end of the Steep Ravine Trail (just a few feet from Highway 1) today, January 1, 2005. These trilliums bloom early, in this particular location, but this is the earliest that I’ve ever seen a bloom from them (in some ten years or so of observation). I suppose that our warmer-than-usual Winter (so far) is the cause of these early blooms? I also saw California Milkmaids (Cardamine californica) in bloom today — on the Dipsea Trail, just before it enters Steep Ravine. They are ready to bloom elsewhere, particularly near the T. chloropetalum blooming near the terminus of the Steep Ravine Trail. “

Arctostaphylos_manzanita var. manzanita
photo by Doreen Smith

December 15, 2004

Doreen Smith reports: “I drove through China Camp State Park yesterday and many shrubs of the “common manzanita” Arctostaphylos manzanita are already in full flower. This variety of the species has its southern limit in Marin. The early rains must have had a good effect on the plants. There was also the occasional milkmaids, Cardamine californica. Of course one can always find at least 1 plant of California poppy any time of the year – there is one with two open flowers at the east end of Lucas Valley road.
“I had it reported to me by Joe Kohn that near Abbotts Lagoon the Marin County Open Space naturalist’s group found Sisyrinchium bellum and Ranunculus californicus in flower.”

Nuphar lutea spp. polysepalumphoto by MAStevensNuphar lutea spp. polysepalumphoto by John Wall






May 26, 2004

John Wall reports: “The yellow pond-lilies Nuphar lutea spp. polysepalum at Lily Pond near Alpine Lake are still blooming, but many are going to seed and make interesting looking fruits. On the north edge of the Lily Pond area at the base of the small talus slope there are still some Red Larkspur (Delphinium nudicaule) in bloom, and the Red Ribbons (Clarkia concinna) seem to just be getting started. “

Pyrola picta f. aphylla
photo by MAStevens

May 5, 2004

Mary Stevens reports: ” Pyrola picta f. aphylla is now in bloom along the upper side of the Matt Davis Trail, west of Pantoll.

Clintonia andrewsianaphoto by MAStevensCollinsia heterophyllaphoto by MAStevens










April 19, 2004

Julieann Johnson and Mary Stevens report: 87 Clintonia andrewsiana budding on the Steep Ravine Trail, mostly above the ladder. The lower half of the trail has many Actaea rubra, Baneberry, in flower and berry. On the Matt Davis trail west of Pantoll, there were still a few Calypso bulbosa blooming. Many Pyrola picta var. aphylla, Leafless Wintergreen, are budding, abundant Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata, Spotted Coralroot, are blooming. Also to be found along the upper part of the Matt Davis trail are Collinsia heterophylla, Chinese Houses, Delphinium nudicaule, Red Larkspur, Iris douglasiana, Douglas Iris, Madia (Anisocarpus) madioides, Woodland Madia, Eriophyllum lanatum var. arachnoideum, Woolly Sunflower, and Trientalis latifolia, Star-flower. “


April 12, 2004

John Wall reports: “The yellow pond-lilies Nuphar lutea spp. polysepalum at Lily Pond near Alpine Lake are just opening up. Maybe by next week the blossoms will be fully open, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they still are not. They seem to open very slowly! “

March 15, 2004

Sharon Salisbury reports: “The Miraflores Open Space in Tiburon… is definitely awakening. Lomatium dasycarpum, Phacelia californica, Ranunculus californicus, Thermopsis californica, Dichelostemma capitatum, Lasthenia californica and Achillea millefolium were all in bloom and I didn’t even make it to the cliffs.”

March 15, 2004

Joe Kohn reports: “I spotted what must have been more than 100 Calypso Orchids, which looked like they’d all just started to bloom. It was all within a 5 minute walk of the Rock Springs Parking Lot at Mt Tam. Directly behind the parking lot, if you go towards the right towards the Mtn Theater, there’s a stand of Doug Fir, with the orchids underneath. Also, if you walk on Cataract Trail towards Laurel Dell, within a few minutes you’ll enter a wooded area with Doug Fir, and if you look just right, you’ll see 100 Calypso Orchids, or more.”

March 15, 2004

Jim Gratiot reports: “Encourage people to join Wilma on Mt. Burdell this Wednesday or to come themselves this weekend. Everything is in bloom including some Linanthus, Lupinus bicolor, Platystemon, Triphysaria, Castilleja densiflora?, Layia chrysanthemoides, and even some Lewisia rediviva as well as many others.

March 5, 2004

Sharon Salisbury reports: “Nothing rare but just wanted to note that I went back up the Homestead trail today and there are hundreds of FAT’s that have bloomed out. So the population is still there. I was too early and then too late.Today there were dozens of Trillium ovatum, Cynoglossum grande and Smilicina sessilifolia just coming into bloom. Further up in the sun were Camissonia ovata and Pedicularis densiflora.”

February 27, 2004

Sharon Salisbury reports: “Went to the Headlands to watch the roiling ocean and monster waves and stopped to look at wildflowers in between squalls. Blooming were: Cardamine californica Milk Maids Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana Franciscan Paintbrush, Gnaphalium californicum California Everlasting, Heracleum lanatum Cow Parsnip, Marah fabaceus Manroot, Phacelia californica California Perennial Phacelia, Ranunculus californicus California Buttercup, and Sanicula arctopoides Footsteps-of-Spring,

Mahonia pinnata
photo by John Conley

February 7, 2004

John Conley reports “Mahonia pinnata (California Mahonia aka California Barberry) is now in bloom at Point Reyes, on the rocky outcroppings near the Lighthouse. Erysimum menziesii (Point Reyes Wallflower) is now blooming at Chimney Rock.”

Scoliopus bigelovii
photo by Mary Aline Stevens

February 4, 2004

Mary Stevens reports: “Hundreds of Scoliopus bigelovii (fetid adder’s tongue) are blooming along the lower end of Cataract Trail as it passes by the banks of Alpine Lake. They should also be blooming on Cataract Trail as it comes into the lower end of Laurell Dell as well as near the bridge to the Fire Road which comes down from Ridgecrest Boulevard.”

January 30, 2004

Jim Gratiot reports from Mt. Burdell: “The Simmons Lane enclosure has a few blooming Fritillaria liliacea. Burdell is also sporting fields of Zigadenus fremontii, Blennosperma nanum, and Ranunculus californicus. Cynoglossum grande is just beginning on the western hillside above San Andreas road. Fritillaria affinis is in bud but not blooming yet as is Dodecatheon hendersonii”

January 13, 2004

Don Henry reports: “Scoliopus bigelovii (fetid adder’s tongue) is just beginning to bloom at Cascade Falls in Mill Valley. From downtown Mill Valley, take Throckmorton past the public library all the way to the end where it intersects Cascade. Turn right onto Cascade and watch for a small parking lot on the right with a wooden sign reading CASCADE FALLS.”

Arctostaphylos manzanita thumb 2Blennosperma nanum robustum





January 12, 2004

Doreen Smith reports on Arctostaphylos manzanita var. manzanita (common manzanita) “This attractive shrub or small tree is fairly common about oak woodlands in the north half of Marin County. In fact this is the southern limit of this variety of the species. Usually the flowers first appear in late December or early January. They are visited by Anna’s hummingbirds for the nectar at the base of the corolla. Most plants have pearly-white flowers but a few have rosy pink petals and deep pink calyces. A good example of the pink form can be seen on the road to Bahia, east Novato, halfway down the hill with terraces cut for prospective home sites.
“The small, yellow composite,Blennosperma nanum var. nanum, grows on serpentine sites in several parts of the county, being replaced by the later-blooming var. robustum on Pt. Reyes National Seashore. The plants pictured here are from Mt. Burdell, Novato. Other populations are at the crest of Lucas Valley Road opposite the Big Rock and for some distance to the west, on the serpentine there. Also plants can be found near Nicasio reservoir on the hills and flats. There are also some in the Chileno Valley area; some at the roadside, others on the hills in the area. In other counties the plant is characteristic of seasonal wetlands and vernal pools, for example at the Jepson Prairie Preserve in Solano county.”

January 12, 2004

Mary Stevens reports: Scoliopus bigelovii (fetid adder’s tongue) is in full bloom in Muir Woods. The largest cluster of about 50 blooms is by the right side of the main trail between signpost 3 and bridge 3. Just to the right inside the entrance to Muir Woods you can see both male catkins and the tiny red female flowers (at the tips of the branches) of Corylus cornuta var. californica (hazelnut).

Cardamine californica var. californica
photo by John Conley

January 10, 2004

John Conley reports: “Cardamine californica (Milkmaids) is blooming (in small numbers) at the lower end of the Steep Ravine trail (near Hwy. 1) on Mount Tamalpais. I also noticed that “sessile” trillium (Trilium chloropetalum) is emerging from the ground, but is not yet in bloom at the same location.”

Asclepias fascicularisphoto by John WallPerideridia kelloggiiphoto by John Wall









September 10, 2003

John Wall reports: Asclepias fascicularis, Narrow-leaved Milkweed, in still in bloom. “Park at the big Mountain Theater dirt lot just up from Rock Spring. Walk up the Rock Springs-Lagunitas fire road. Pass the coulter pines and the shaded section until you reach the large meadow on the east side of the road. Head up that steep section (still on the road) and keep your eyes peeled down the slope to the west (left)…It was in a small ravine behind some young doug firs (before the top). In this area you will also see blooming Calycadenia multiglandulosa White Rosinweed and Perideridia kelloggii Kellogg’s Yampah.”

August 17, 2003

Bob Sills and Norbert Jeske report: Seven plants of Goodyera oblongifolia Rattlesnake Plantain in bloom as well as a number of plants of Clintonia andrewsiana with cobalt blue berries can be found at the intersection of Ridgecrest Blvd and the Bolinas-Fairfax Road.
They also report: Aquilegia eximia Serpentine Seep Columbine is blooming by the side of the road at milepost 5.23 (between Azalea Hill and Alpine Dam) on the Bolinas-Fairfax Road.

Gentiana affinis var. ovata
photo by M A Stevens

August 15, 2003

Doreen Smith reports: Here is the plant list of native Californians in flower at the Peter Behr overlook trail at Drakes Beach, Pt. Reyes.
Achillea millefolium yarrow
Anaphalis margaritacea pearly everlasting
Angelica hendersonii coastal angelica
Aster chilensis coastal aster
Baccharis pilularis coyote bush
Calamagrostis nutkaensis Nootka reedgrass
Calystegia purpurata morning-glory
Eriogonum latifolium coastal buckwheat
Gentiana affinis blue gentian
Grindelia stricta gumplant
Heracleum lanatum cow-parsnip
Horkelia californica Ca. horkelia
Perideridia kelloggii Kellogg’s yampah
Prunella vulgaris selfheal
Solidago spathulata spoonleaf goldenrod
Spiranthes romanzoffiana hooded ladies tresses
Stachys ajugoides var. rigida hedgenettle

July 27, 2003

Brad Kelley further reports: “If this year is anything like last, Piperia elegans should begin blooming about now in Mill Valley, Goodyera oblongifolia should be sending up spikes to bloom on Mt. Tam in late August. Another orchid native to Marin is the rare Piperia elegans ssp. decurtata, Marin Coastal Rein Orchid, which grows near the Pt. Reyes lighthouse.

Piperia michaelii
photo by Brad Kelley

July 25, 2003

Not seen in Marin for over 50 years, a small number of plants of Piperia michaelii, Michael’s Rein Orchid, were found blooming at Pt. Reyes by Doreen Smith and Bob Soost’s rare plant monitoring group.

July 17, 2003

Brad Kelley reports: Platanthera leucostachys, Bog Rein-orchis, blooming at Bull Point, Pt. Reyes Piperia transversa, Transverse-spur Rein Orchid, and Piperia elongata, Long-spurred Rein Orchid, blooming at Roy’s Redwoods

July 4, 2003

Doreen Smith reports: “I thought you might like to know what’s flowering now on the Bull Point area, we went there Friday 4th July. This might encourage people to support Bob’s field trip on July 12th.
“The Linanthus grandiflorus is very abundant, there are huge patches. Also the Linanthus parviflorus var. rosaceus. The Lilium maritimum is just starting to flower. Other interesting spp. present are Tofieldia occidentalis, Triteleia peduncularis, Prunella vulgaris, Campanula californica, Sidalcea calycosa ssp. rhizomata, Juncus phaeocephalus, Cordylanthus maritimus var. palustris, Triglochin striata, Ledum glandulosum, Lupinus variicolor, Lupinus arboreus (yellow) Castilleja ambigua, Monardella undulata, Deschampsia caespitosa var. holciformis and Horkelia marinensis. Many of these are Pt. Reyes rare plants.
“We also found on our Friday trip an unusually robust form of Trifolium obtusiflorum, Polygonum marinense and Astragalus pycnostachyus.var. pycnostachyus and of course Grindelia stricta of the saltmarshes.. These were near the Drake’s Estero bridge. Brad Kelley got some excellent pix. of Chorizanthe valida from the Lunny population.”

Dudleya farinosa
photo by Sharon Salisbury

June 23, 2003

Sharon Salisbury reports: “Still blooming at Miraflores Open Space in Tiburon are Dudleya farinosa on the rocks on the cliff’s edge, The Clarkia and Calochortus are quite spectacular against the dried, tan grasses.&quot
Also still blooing:
Calochortus luteus Yellow Mariposa
Castilleja rubicundula Creamsacs
Clarkia rubicunda Ruby Chalice Godetia
Eriogonum nudum Nude Buckwheat
Eriophyllum confertiflorum Golden Yarrow
Grindelia hirsutula Gumplant
Hemizonia congesta Tarplant
Layia platyglossa Tidytips
Lupinus microcarpus Secund Lupine
Monardella purpurea Serpentine Monardella
Triteleia laxa Ithuriel’s Spear
Wyethia angustifolia Narrow-leaf Mule-ears

June 22, 2003

Doreen Smith reports:
“This last weekend I “did” Old St. Hilary’s Open Space (Tiburon) where the Helenium is blooming gold in the seeps below the church Also there, in bloom, are Lilium pardalinum, Stachys pycnantha, Triteleia peduncularis and assorted Cyperaceae. On the access, via Vistazo West fire road, are Streptanthus niger, Verbena lasiostachys, Eriogonum luteolum var. caninum and Clarkia rubicunda.
“I also took in Lagunitas Meadows where there are many deep blue Navarretia viscidula, some Brodiaea terrestris, Brodiaea elegans and a few Castilleja ambigua, the only population I know of that isn’t on Pt. Reyes. If you know where to look there are Sidalcea calycosa ssp. calycosa. The tall bunch grass is Deschampsia cespitosa.”

June 18, 2003

Mary Stevens reports:
in flower now on the Coastal Trail, Marin Headlands near intersection of Conzelman Rd and McCullough Rd.
Achillea millefolium Yarrow
Allium dichlamydeum Coast Onion
Anaphalis margaritacea Pearly Everlasting
Angelica hendersonii Coastal Angelica
Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana Franciscan Paintbrush
Dudleya farinosa Sea Lettuce
Eriogonum nudum var. nudum Nude Buckwheat
Eriophyllum staechadifolium Lizard-tail
Eschscholzia californica California Poppy
Heuchera micrantha Alum-root
Hieracium albiflorum White Hawkweed
Holodiscus discolor Ocean-spray
Mimulus aurantiacus Sticky Bush Monkeyflower
Scrophularia californica ssp. californica Bee-plant
Sedum spathulifolium Spoon-leavedStone-crop
Stachys ajugoides v. rigida Hedgenettle
Triteleia laxa Ithuriel’s Spear

Calochortus tiburonensis
photo by Mary A Stevens

June 12, 2003

Mary Stevens reports:
in flower now on Ring Mountain, Tiburon
Achillea millefolium Yarrow
Allium lacunosum Pitted Onion
Brodiaea elegans Harvest Brodiaea
Calochortus tiburonensis Tiburon Mariposa Lily
Clarkia rubicunda Ruby Chalice Godetia
Delphinium hesperium Western Larkspur
Dudleya farinosa Sea Lettuce
Hemizonia congesta Tarplant
Hesperolinon congestum Marin Dwarf Flax
Lupinus microcarpus Secund Lupine
Sisyrinchium bellum Blue-eyed Grass
Thermopsis macrophylla False Lupine, Golden Pea
Triteleia hyacinthina White Brodiaea
Triteleia laxa Ithuriel’s Spear

June 11, 2003

Doreen Smith reports:
“On Mt. Burdell, lower slopes, there are still a lot of native bulbs flowering- Calochortus luteus, Triteleia laxa, Triteleia hyacinthina and Brodiaea elegans. In the marsh N. of San Andreas Drive are Triteleia peduncularis and Stachys ajugioides ssp. ajugioides. There is the native Centaurium muehlenbergii, pink with a pronounced white center to the flower, along the trail from the Wildlife Preserve to the flat area N. of San Andreas. Most of the smaller-flowered Centaurium (very abundant and in many places) is the introduced “weed” C. tenuifolium. The serpentine west of San Carlos Open Space entrance has pink masses of Eriogonum luteolum framing the serpentine balds to the S. of the fire road. Hemizonia congesta is the yellow tarplant. Clarkia concinna ssp. concinna is still doing famously along Lucas Valley Rd.

June 1, 2003

John Wall reports:
between Rock Spring and Rifle Camp
Allium unifolium Pink Onion
Calochortus luteus Yellow Mariposa
Calochortus umbellatus Oakland Star-tulip
Calochortus uniflorus Marsh Star-tulip
Castilleja densiflora Common Owl’s Clover
Cirsium brevistylum Indian Thistle
Clarkia gracilis Serpentine Godetia
Corallorhiza maculata Spotted Coralroot
Eriodictyon californicum Yerba Santa
Lotus formosissimus Coast Lotus (Witches’ Teeth)
Polygala californica Milkwort
Rhododendron occidentale Western Azalea
Sisyrinchium bellum Blue-eyed Grass
Streptanthus glandulosus ssp. pulchellus Mt.Tamalpais Jewelflower

June 6, 2003

Mary Stevens reports:
in flower along the Coastal Trail, Marin Headlands near intersection of Conzelman Rd and McCullough Rd.
Achillea millefolium Yarrow
Allium dichlamydeum Coast Onion
Anaphalis margaritacea Pearly Everlasting
Angelica hendersonii Coastal Angelica
Aquilegia formosa Red Columbine
Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana Franciscan Paintbrush
Dudleya farinosa Sea Lettuce
Eriogonum nudum var. nudum Nude Buckwheat
Eriophyllum staechadifolium Lizard-tail
Eschscholzia californica California Poppy
Heuchera micrantha Alum-root
Hieracium albiflorum White Hawkweed
Holodiscus discolor Ocean-spray
Mimulus aurantiacus Sticky Bush Monkeyflower
Phacelia californica California Perennial Phacelia
Potentilla glandulosa ssp. glandulosa Sticky Cinquefoil
Scrophularia californica ssp. californica Bee-plant
Sedum spathulifolium Spoon-leavedStone-crop
Sisyrinchium bellum Blue-eyed Grass
Stachys ajugoides v. rigida Hedgenettle
Triteleia laxa Ithuriel’s Spear

Clintonia andrewsiana
photo by Mary A Stevens

May 7, 2003

Mary Stevens reports:
in flower along on the Steep Ravine Trail, Mount Tamalpais
Actaea rubra Baneberry
Aralia californica Elk Clover
Cardamine californica var. californica Woodland Milk-maids
Clintonia andrewsiana Clintonia
Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata Spotted Coralroot
Disporum hookeri Green Fairy Bells
Disporum smithii White Fairy Bells
Fritillaria affinis var. affinis Mission Bells
Iris douglasiana Douglas Iris
Osmorhiza chilensis Sweet Cicely
Smilacina racemosa Fat Solomon
Smilacina stellata Slim Solomon
Trientalis latifolia Star-flower
Whipplea modesta Modesty

May 5, 2003

Mary Stevens reports:
in flower now at Muir Woods National Monument
Aralia californica Elk Clover
Cardamine californica var. californica Woodland Milk-maids
Claytonia perfoliata Miners Lettuce
Clintonia andrewsiana Clintonia
Disporum smithii White Fairy Bells
Heracleum lanatum Cow Parsnip
Hierochloe occidentalis Vanilla Grass
Marah fabaceus Manroot
Marah oregonus Oregon manroot
Osmorhiza chilensis Sweet Cicely
Oxalis oregana Redwood Sorrel
Rubus parviflorus Thimbleberry
Tellima grandiflora Fringe-cups
Viola sempervirens Redwood Violet
Whipplea modesta Modesty

Corallorhiza maculata
photo by Mary A Stevens

April 28, 2003

Mary Stevens reports:
Matt Davis Trail west from Pantoll
Calypso bulbosa Calypso Orchid
Clarkia gracilis ssp. gracilis Serpentine Godetia
Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata Spotted Coralroot
Corallorhiza striata Striped Coralroot
Delphinium nudicaule Red Larkspur
Eriophyllum lanatum var. arachnoideum Woolly Sunflower
Iris douglasiana Douglas Iris
Sanicula crassicaulis Pacific Sanicle
Sanicula laciniata Laceleaf Sanicle

Astragalus breweri
photo by Doreen L. Smith

April 20, 2003

Doreen Smith reports: “The Rock Spring meadows are very colorful right now with
Lupinus bicolor Miniature Lupine
Lupinus nanus Sky Lupine
Trifolium spp. Clover
Phacelia divaricata Serpentine Annual Phacelia
Linanthus parviflorus Small-flowered Linanthus
Gilia clivorum Small-flowered Gilia
Collinsia sparsiflora var. collina Small-flowered Collinsia
and Astragalus breweri Brewer’s Milk Vetch.
the Calypso’s (Calypso bulbosa)are still blooming
plus Corallorhiza maculata in the woods.
Then there are Nemophila menziesii in the E. meadow.”

April 7, 2003

Mary Stevens reports:
Coastal Trail, Marin Headlands near intersection of Conzelman Rd and McCullough Rd.
Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia Fiddleneck
Aquilegia formosa Red Columbine
Arabis blepharophylla Coast Rock-cress
Calystegia purpurata ssp. purpurata Coastal Morning-glory
Cardamine californica Woodland Milk-maids
Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana Franciscan Paintbrush
Cerastium arvense Field Chickweed
Claytonia perfoliata Miners Lettuce
Dichelostemma capitatum Bluedicks
Eschscholzia californica California Poppy
Fragaria vesca Wild Strawberry
Galium porrigens Climbing Bedstraw
Heracleum lanatum Cow Parsnip
Hieracium albiflorum White Hawkweed
Lathyrus vestitus var. vestitus Hillside Pea
Ligusticum apiifolium Lovage
Marah fabaceus Manroot
Marah oregonus Oregon Manroot
Mimulus aurantiacus Sticky Bush Monkeyflower
Phacelia californica California Perennial Phacelia
Ranunculus californicus California Buttercup
Rubus ursinus California Blackberry
Sanicula crassicaulis Pacific Sanicle
Scrophularia californica ssp. californica Bee-plant
Sidalcea malviflora Checker-bloom
Sisyrinchium bellum Blue-eyed Grass
Solanum sp. Nightshade
Stachys ajugoides v. rigida Hedgenettle
Toxicodendron diversilobum Poison Oak
Vaccinium ovatum Huckleberry

Trillium ovatum
photo by Mary Aline Stevens

April 3, 2003

Bob Sills reports from Muir Woods National Monument Main & Hillside Trails
Anemone oregana Windflower
Cardamine californica Woodland Milk-maids
Claytonia perfoliata Miners Lettuce
Disporum hookeri Green Fairy Bells
Disporum smithii White Fairy Bells
Iris douglasiana Douglas Iris
Marah fabaceus Manroot
Osmorhiza chilensis Sweet Cicely
Oxalis oregana Redwood Sorrel
Petasites frigidus var. palmatus Western Coltsfoot
Rubus parviflorus Thimbleberry
Smilacina stellata Slim Solomon
Tellima grandiflora Fringe-cups
Trillium chloropetalum Sessile-flowered Wakerobin
Trillium ovatum Pedunculate Wake-robin
Viola sempervirens Redwood Violet
Bob also reports “As I was noting the twelfth species, I heard a woman in a nearby group say “No flowers.” Another woman in the group answered, “No wonder! Look at how little sunlight gets through.””

April 2, 2003

Bob Soost reports: “Major roadside displays of Ranunuclus californicus along Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in San Geronimo & along Nicasio Valley Rd. between Lucas Valley Rd. & Point Reyes – Petaluma Rd. Nemophila menziesii (Baby-blue-eyes) is still blooming on the right side of the Point Reyes National Seashore Kehoe Beach trail at the far end just before the trail descends to the beach.”

March 31, 2003

Sharon Salisbury reports that the Homestead Valley Trail “ alive with flowers. On the way up and along both sides of the left trail are literally hundreds of Calorchortus umbellatus, Ranunculus californicus,Camissonia ovata, some Eschscholzia californica, Sanicula bipinnatifida, many Iris. I believe the pale yellow ones in the woods are Iris douglasiana, but there are some shorter, brilliant purple ones in the grass that I think are ground iris (Iris macrosiphon). In the woods hundreds of Smilacina stellata …a beautiful sight…a carpet of these with yellow Douglas iris coming up amongst them…and Disporum hookeri. Further along the trail there are still some Pedicularis densiflora. Also Sisyrinchium bellum, Dichelostemma capitatum, Montia perfoliata, Marah fabaceus and probably more as I have yet to make it to the end of the trail. It is worth a trip just for the Iris (there are hundreds of the Douglas iris in the first hundred yards, Oakland Star Tulips and Slim Solomon’s Seal.”

Castilleja densiflora
photo by Doreen L. Smith

March 28, 2003

Doreen Smith reports that the “Mt. Burdell lower slopes above San Marin Drive, especially the serpentinite exposures, including the knoll just NE of the end of Simmons Lane open-space entrance, are absolutely wonderful this year. There are many, many plants of several different annual and perennial species. The Simmons Lane population of white Linanthus androsaceus is more numerous than I’ve ever seen it, also there is a lot of “mauve” Collinsia sparsiflora on the shady side of the knoll-top. Definitely worth a mini-field trip. The San Carlos Drive open-space entrance and to the west along the fire road is good for Linanthus parviflorus (white-flowered) (Triphysaria versicolor faucibarbata), white balloon clover (Trifolium depauperatum), pink owl’s-clover (Castilleja densiflora), and blue-purple larkspur (Delphinium hesperium). The bitter-root flowers are open in the afternoon, particularly down the hill,approximately on the barren near the path from the San Mateo Drive open-space entrance. This grassland bloom is a must-see for anyone with the time to spare.”

March 27, 2003

Jim Gratiot adds to his list of native wildflowers in bloom on Mt. Burdell:
Cicendia quadrangularis, Tiny Yellow Gentian
Crassula connata, Sand Pigmy-weed
Delphinium patens, Woodland Larkspur
Lathyrus vestitus, Hillside Pea
Lewisia rediviva, Bitter Root
Linanthus parviflorus, Small-flowered Linanthus
Lithophragma affine, Woodland Star
Lupinus bicolor, Miniature Lupine
Nemophila heterophylla, Small-flowered Nemophila
Phacelia distans, Fern Leaved Phacelia
Plagiobothrys nothofulvus, Popcorn Flower
Sidalcea malviflora, Checker-bloom
Sisyrinchium bellum, Blue-eyed Grass

March 25, 2003

Sharon Salisbury reports sightings on the Matt Davis extension trail from Pan Toll:
“Calypso orchids on both sides of the trail. A rough estimate would be 100+ of them in full bloom. There were also hundreds of Hounds Tongues, more than I have ever seen anywhere, including this trail, in my life. There were also a few Delphinium nudicaule, Blue-eyed Grass and a clump of what I believe to be either Coast Iris or Ground Iris. I walk that trail every year about this time and I don’t ever recall seeing so many orchids and Hounds Tongues. Quite a display.”

March 22, 2003

Sharon Salisbury reports: wildflowers in bloom on the Miwok Trail:
Arabis blepharophylla, Coast Rock-cress
Eschscholzia californica, California Poppy
Cardamine californica, Milk-maids
Platystemon californicus, Cream-cup
Camissonia ovata, Sun-cups
Sanicula bipinnatifida, Red-Purple Sanicle
Marah fabaceus, Manroot
Dodecatheon hendersonii, Shooting Star

Monolopia majorphoto by MAStevensLewisia redivivaphoto by MAStevens






March 20, 2003

Doreen Smith reports: “Monolopia major …is about at its peak and a short hike along the fire road between San Carlos and San Mateo entrances to Mt.Burdell Open Space is the most “floral” it’s going to be all year.”
(Doreen Smith recently discovered this population of Monolopia major on Mt. Burdell. Monolopia major was found once before in Marin, not at Mt. Burdell, but near San Rafael, according to the pressed specimen in California Academy of Sciences.)
Doreen further reports: “Additional plants flowering are Linanthus androsaceus -an all white population with purple throats, with the Monolopia, near the E. end of the Burdell open space- above the Wood Oaks subdivision, off Fieldstone. The blue Delphinium variegatum is in bloom in the area between San Carlos and San Mateo Cts on the serpentine along with the first Lewisia rediviva. The Goldfields there is now Lasthenia gracilis according to the latest taxonomy.”

March 18, 2003

Jim Gratiot reports: “I was jogging on Burdell today and can’t believe the array of flowers:”
Johnny Tuck (Triphysaria versicolor ssp. faucibarbata)
Common Owl’s Clover (Castilleja densiflora)
Bluedicks (Dichelostemma capitatum)
Tidytips (Layia chrysanthemoides)
Dwarf Plantain (Plantago erecta)
Cream-cup (Platystemon californicus)
Turkey Pea (Sanicula tuberosa)
Red-Purple Sanicle (Sanicula bipinnatifida)
Pacific Sanicle (Sanicula crassicaulis)
Long-leaflet Balloon Clover (Trifolium depauperatum)
Sun-cups(Camissonia ovata)
California Buttercup(Ranunculus californicus)

March 12, 2003

Mary Stevens reports the following in bloom on the Coastal Trail, Marin Headlands
near intersection of Conzelman Rd and McCullough Rd.
Aquilegia formosa Red Columbine
Arabis blepharophylla Coast Rock-cress
Cardamine californica Woodland Milk-maids
Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana Franciscan Paintbrush
Corylus cornuta var. californica Hazelnut
Cynoglossum grande Hound’s Tongue
Eschscholzia californica California Poppy
Fragaria vesca Wild Strawberry
Fritillaria affinis Mission Bells
Galium porrigens Climbing Bedstraw
Ligusticum apiifolium Lovage
Marah fabaceus Manroot
Mimulus aurantiacus Sticky Bush Monkeyflower
Sambucus racemosa Red-berried Elder
Sidalcea malviflora Checker-bloom
Toxicodendron diversilobum Poison Oak
Vaccinium ovatum Huckleberry

March 10, 2003

Sharon Salisbury reports from Homestead Valley Trail, Mill Valley:
Calochortus umbellatus Oakland Star-tulip
Camissonia ovata Sun-cups
Iris douglasiana Douglas Iris (white in the woods and dark purple in the sun)
Cynoglossum grande Hound’s Tongue
Pedicularis densiflora Indian Warrior
Marah fabaceus Manroot
Ranunculus californicus California Buttercup
Fritillaria affinis var. affinis Mission Bells
Trillium ovatum ssp. ovatum Pedunculate Wake-robin
Cardamine californica var. californica Woodland Milk-maids
Sanicula bipinnatifida Red-Purple Sanicle
Rubus ursinus California Blackberry
Smilacina stellata Slim Solomon

March 10, 2003

Bob Sills reports:
Newly blooming at Muir Woods National Monument
Petasites frigidus var. palmatus Western Coltsfoot
New blooms at the bottom of the Steep Ravine Trail:
Acer macrophyllum Big-leaf Maple
Osmorhiza chilensis Sweet Cicely
Physocarpus capitatus Ninebark
Rubus spectabilis Salmonberry

March 6, 2003

Bob Sills reports: “The following were also blooming at the bottom of the Steep Ravine Trail:
Claytonia perfoliata Miner’s Lettuce
Smilacina stellata Slim Solomon’s Seal
Sanicula crassicaulis Gambel Weed or Pacific Sanicle
Fritillaria affinis Mission Bell
Rubus parviflorus Thimbleberry

March 2, 2003

Bob Sills reports in bloom at Muir Woods National Monument:
Trillium ovatum Pedunculate Wake-robin
Oxalis oregana Redwood Sorrel
Anemone oregana Windflower
Disporum smithii White Fairy Bells
Cardamine californica Woodland Milk-maids
Viola sempervirens Redwood Violet
Scoliopus bigelovii Fetid Adder’s Tongue (one still blooming)

Trillium chloropetalum
photo by Mary Aline Stevens

March 2, 2003

Mary Stevens reports the following in bloom on Steep Ravine Trail, Mt. Tamalpais (bottom end of trail, across Rt.1 from Steep Ravine Environmental Campground)
Trillium chloropetalum
Sessile-flowered Wakerobin
Smilacina racemosa
Fat Solomon
Sambucus racemosa
Red-berried Elder
Cardamine californica
Woodland Milk-maids
Disporum smithii
White Fairy Bells
Marah fabaceus
Oemleria cerasiformis
Oso Berry, Indian Plum
Heracleum lanatum
Cow Parsnip

March 1, 2003

Jim Gratiot reports the following wildflowers in bloom on Rush Creek trail, along the first 1/2 mile (flat, easy walk; take road to Gnoss Field just off Atherton exit, Novato)
Cardamine californica var. californica Woodland Milk-maids
Claytonia perfoliata Miners Lettuce
Dodecatheon hendersonii Shooting Star
Galium californicum ssp.californicum Hairy Bedstraw
Nemophila heterophylla Small-flowered Nemophila
Ranunculus californicus California Buttercup
Sanicula crassicaulis Pacific Sanicle, Snakeroot
Saxifraga californica Saxifrage

February 27, 2003

Bob Sills reports from Sky Oaks: “Quite a few California saxifrage in bloom on the Concrete Pipe Fire Road west of Five Corners (along with abundant milkmaids & hounds tongues).”

Saxifraga californica
photo by Brad Kelley

February 24, 2003

Brad Kelley reports: “Saxifraga californica; California Saxifrage is blooming in the French Ranch,
Roy’s Redwoods, and Loma Alta Open Spaces. A hand lens reveals the beauty of these tiny flowers.”

February 23, 2003

Mary Stevens reports: “Calypso bulbosa is blooming at Laurel Dell, Rock Spring, and along the Matt Davis Trail west of Pantoll. Another place to look for it is on Steep Ravine trail just below Pan Toll.”

February 18, 2003

Bob Sills reports: “blooming today on Matt Davis Trail between Bootjack & Nora Trails: Fritillaria affinis mission bell, Dendromecon rigida tree poppy, Pedicularis densiflora Indian warrior, Castilleja sp. paintbrush, and assorted manzanita & ceanothus.”

February 11, 2003

Sharon Salisbury reports: “I was at the little-known Eli Jaquette Open Space in Marinwood and found lots of Dichelostemma capitatum, Lomatium dasycarpum, Sanicula crassicaulis, Ranunculus californicus and Dodecatheon hendersonii.”

Blennosperma nanum var. n2Arctostaphylos canescensphoto by Doreen L. Smith







February 10, 2003

Doreen Smith reports: “Little Blennosperma Blennosperma nanum in bloom on south-facing slopes of Mt. Burdell and on Wilson Hill near Chileno Valley; a green form of California Pipe-vine Aristolochia californica blooming on Lucas Valley Road across from Lucas Valley Estates; Ribes californicum (California Gooseberry) and Ribes menziesii (Canyon Gooseberry) blooming under the redwoods by the side of Lucas Valley Road west of Big Rock; Arctostaphylos canescens (Hoary Manzanita) and Arctostaphylos glandulosa (Eastwood Manzanita) blooming in the chaparral on Mt. Tamalpais.

February 9, 2003

Bob Soost reports: “Patches of Blennosperma nanum var. robustum are now visible from the parking lot at the Bull Point Trailhead on Sir Francis Drake Highway in Point Reyes National Seashore. There are three smaller patches to the SW (Right) & a very large patch to the NE (Left). Other places to look for Blennosperma nanum var. robustum are near the end of Pierce Point Road & on the ocean side of Sir Francis Drake Highway near the parking lot for the Point Reyes Light House.”

February 4, 2003

Bob Soost reports: &quotNemophila menziesii (Baby-blue-eyes) is beginning to bloom on the right side of the Point Reyes National Seashore Kehoe Beach trail at the far end just before the trail descends to the beach.”

Epilobium canum 
photo by Brad Kelley

August 27, 2002

Brad Kelly reports: “The California Fuschia (Epilobium canum) are putting on a good display now. There is a nice bright patch in a dangerous location as you drive over White Hill on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. It is on the left just before the top of the hill (going west). A less dangerous location is on the Oak Manor Fire Road in the Loma Alta Open Space.&quot
Editor’s note: It can also be seen blooming about .3 to .5 mile above Pantoll at eye level along the road to Rock Spring.


Calochortus luteus photo by M Stevens

May 30, 2000

Mary Stevens reports:”Tiburon Mariposa Lily (Calochortus tiburonensis) is in bloom on Ring Mountain. Yellow Mariposa Lily (Calochortus luteus) is blooming in open meadows on Mt. Tamalpais. Oakland Star-tulip (Calochortus umbellatus) is also in bloom on Mt. Tamalpais. It can be found along the Rock Spring Trail near Mountain Theater. Yellow Pond Lily (Nuphar lutea ssp. polysepalum), the only waterlily native to California, is blooming on Lily Lake between Azalea Hill and Alpine Dam at milepost 6.09 on the Bolinas-Fairfax Road. Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidentale) with its “most delicious fragrance.” is now blooming on Mt. Tamalpais.”

Clintonia_andrewsiana photo by M StevensClintonia_andrewsiana photo by M Stevens

May 19, 2000

Mary Stevens reports:”Clintonia andrewsiana is blooming now on Mt. Tam. There are 11 plants in bloom at the intersection of West Ridgecrest Blvd. and the Bolinas-Fairfax Road. They are just to the right inside the gate at the start of the Bolinas Ridge Fire Road. Here you can also see Pacific Starflower (Trientalis latifolia) in bloom. The small rosettes of dark green leaves marbled with white lines in this same area belong to the Rattlesnake Orchid (Goodyera oblongifolia), which will bloom in late summer. Another great place to see Clintonia andrewsiana is along the Steep Ravine Trail down from Pantoll. In a good year, you can count over 100 plants in bloom.”

Lupinus arboreus photo by M StevensLupinus polyphyllus IMG 0913smRubus spectabilis photo by M StevensSalmon-berry berry photo by M Stevens

May 7, 2000

Mary Stevens reports: ” Blue Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus) is in full bloom along the trail behind the dunes at Limantour Beach. At Abbotts Lagoon the Giant Bog Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus) is in full bloom. Look for it just beyond the first bridge, in a low swale across the trail from the small pond. Yellow Bush Lupine, the more common form of the fragrant Lupinus arboreus, is just beginning to bloom here. Just beyond the Giant Bog Lupine, the Salmon-berry (Rubus spectabilis) by the side of the trail has both blossoms and berries.”

May 7, 2000

Sharon Salisbury reports:” On the Cross Marin trail in Samuel P Taylor State Park I saw many Solomon’s Seal, Crimson Columbine, Giant trillium, Bleeding Hearts, Thimble Berry, Bee Plant, Hedge Nettle, Douglas iris and Pacific Starflower. We started at the West end of the trail, by the bridge. All the flowers were in the first mile or so, most of them on the creek side of the path.”

April 14, 2000

Sharon Salisbury reports finding one remaining Calypso bulbosa on the Matt Davis Trail west of Pantoll. She confirms the presence of two other native orchids in bloom there: Spotted Coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata) and Striped Coralroot (Corallorhiza striata).

April 3, 2000

Mary Stevens reports: “Calypso bulbosa can still be seen in bloom on Mt. Tam. On the Matt Davis Trail from Pantoll heading in the direction of Stinson Beach, start looking for them on both sides of the trail not too long after entering the woods. Once you reach them, also watch the upper side of the trail for two other native orchids just beginning to bloom: Spotted Coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata) and Stripped Coralroot (Corallorhiza striata). In between the coralroots you can also find budding Pyrola picta, a saprophytic member of the Heath family. Several years ago a plant with green leaves was growing in this location, but it is a rare sighting on Mt. Tam. The Calypso orchids continue on both sides of the trail. Farther on are Red Larkspur (Delphinium nudicaule) and cream-colored Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana). On your left just before the trail clambers up over some rocks, in a patch of blooming Slim Solomon (Smilacina stellata), there are Mission Bells (Fritillaria affinis) starting to bloom.”

March 27, 2000

Don Henry and Ed Ricketts Jr. report noticing “five or more Calypsos along the Simmons Trail, just beyond where the Benstein branches off and just short of where Simmons meets Ziesche Creek.”

March 25, 2000

Bernie Beck reports “a fine display of calypso orchids near the Rock Springs parking area on Mount Tam. Head north from the parking area toward the Cataract and Benstein trails, take the first unsigned trail you come to along the right side of the meadow and head in the direction of the Mountain Theater. Before you reach East Ridgecrest Blvd., you will see numerous calypso orchids on the south side of the trail under the Douglas firs. There are also many milk maids and shooting stars.”

March 15, 2000

On Wilma Follette’s Wednesday Wildflower Walk, along the Matt Davis Trail from Mountain Home to Bootjack, returning on the Troop 80 Trail, we saw 29 different species in bloom including 3 species each of Ceanothus (foliosus, cuneatus, and jepsonii) and Arctostaphylos (nummularia, glandulosa, and hookeri ssp. montana). The most numerous of the bloomers was Indian Warrior (Pedicularis densiflora). The Mission Bells (Fritillaria affinis) are just beginning to bloom along the Matt Davis Trail, about 200 paces northeast of Bootjack.

Calypso bulbosa photo by Doreen L. Smith

March 12, 2000

Bob Sills reports Calypso bulbosa blooming along both sides of the Matt Davis Extension Trail (west from Pantoll) on Mount Tamalpais.

Zigadenus fremontii photo by Doreen L. Smith

February 26, 2000

Spring wildflowers are blooming on schedule. Our walk on Mt. Burdell with Doreen Smith was a success with all of the promised species in bloom except for Arctostaphylos manzanita, which has finished blooming and is already producing its “little apples”. At the peak of bloom were:
Fragrant Fritillary (Fritillaria liliacea)
Star Lily (Zigadenus fremontii)
Milk Maids (Cardamine californica)
California Buttercup (Ranunculus californicus)
Also blooming (partial list) were:
Hounds Tongue (Cynoglossum grande)
Bluedicks (Dichelostemma capitatum)
Sun-cups (Camissonia ovata)
Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon hendersonii)
Cream-cup (Platystemon californicus)
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Checker-bloom (Sidalcea malviflora)
Snakeroot Sanicle (Sanicula crassicaulis)
Hairypetal Hog Fennel (Lomatium dasycarpum)
And with one plant blooming each:
Mission bells (Fritillaria affinis var. affinis)
Striped Coralroot Orchid (Corallorhiza striata)
California Saxifrage (Saxifraga californica)
Tidytips (Lasthenia chrysanthemoides)

February 10, 2000

Sharon Salisbury reports seeing at least 100 Star Lilies (Zigadenus fremontii) along the Warner Canyon Firetrail, as well as Indian Warriors (Pedicularis densiflora), bunches of Trilliums (Trillium ovatum), and Fetid Adders Tongues (Scoliopus bigelovii), farther along the trail, near and in the Redwood Grove. She also reports Hounds Tongues (Cynoglossum grande) blooming on the firetrail behind the Mill Valley golf course.

February 3, 2000

Don Henry reports “80 plants of Scoliopus bigelovii (20 in bloom) on Throckmorton in Mill Valley at the small parking lot below Cascade Falls, and 280 plants (1/3 in bloom) by Alpine Lake along Cataract Trail below the steps to the waterfall. Look for them also in Muir Woods by the trailside beyond the second bridge. Trillium ovatum, White Trillium, Redwood Sorrel, and Oxalis oregana, are just beginning to bloom in Muir Woods.

January 16, 2000

Bob Sills reports Scoliopus bigelovii blooming in Muir Woods


September 15, 1999

Mary Stevens reports: “Salal (Gaultheria shallon) is sporting both blossoms and berries under the Bishop Pines (Pinus muricata) along the road up Mount Vision at Pt. Reyes National Seashore. California Fuchsia or Zauschneria (Epilobium canum) can be seen (by the quick eye) sporting its red tubular flowers on the steep rocky roadcut about .4 mile above Pantoll on the road to Rock Spring. Elk Clover (Aralia californica) is blooming and forming berries in the moist shady draws at an elevation of approximately 1,000 ft on both sides of the ridge along the Bolinas-Fairfax Road between Alpine Dam and Bolinas. Look for it near mileposts 8.95 to 9.47 and 12.2 to 12.72. Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia), is still blooming. You can see it under the Douglas Fir canopy along Cataract Trail beyond the bridge that crosses Cataract Creek about .4 mile from Rock Spring. Another easily accessible location is at the juction of West Ridgecrest Boulevard and the Bolinas-Fairfax Road. There are many plants here, just to your right inside the gate at the start of the Bolinas Ridge Fire Road. Also on display in this location is Bead Lily (Clintonia andrewsiana) with its beautiful cobalt blue berries.

Goodyera oblongifolia 
photo by Mary Aline Stevens











August 8, 1999

Mary Stevens reports: “Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia), a native orchid, is sending up its flower spikes. You can see it under the Douglas Fir canopy along the Cataract Trail after crossing the second bridge from Rock Spring. Another easily accessible location is at the juction of Ridgecrest and Bolinas-Fairfax Road, to the right just beyond the Bolinas Fire Road gate.California Fuchsia or Zauschneria (Epilobium canum) can be seen (by the quick eye) blooming on the steep rocky roadcut about .4 mile above Pantoll on the road up to Rock Spring.

July 26, 1999

Don Henry reports from Mount Tam and the Bolinas-Fairfax Road: “California Tiger Lily (Lilium pardalinum) is still blooming along Cataract Trail about 1 mile from Rock Spring on Mount Tamalpais. Elk Clover (Aralia californica) is blooming along the moist shady banks of the Bolinas-Fairfax Road between Bolinas Ridge and Alpine Dam. Yellow Pond Lily (Nuphar lutea ssp. polysepalum), is still showing at least one bloom among its large leaves on Lily Lake between Azalea Hill and Alpine Dam, across from milepost 6.09 on the Bolinas-Fairfax Road. Serpentine Seep Columbine (Aquilegia eximia) is still in bloom at the serpentine spring between Azalea Hill and Alpine Dam at milepost 5.23 on the Bolinas-Fairfax Road.

July 16, 1999

Bob Soost reports from Point Reyes National Seashore: Bush Monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus) is creating great diplays along Limantour Road.

Lilium pardalinum 
photo by Mary Aline Stevens








June 29, 1999

Mary Stevens reports: ” Leopard Lily (Lilium pardalinum) is just coming into bloom along Cataract Trail about 1 mile from Rock Spring on Mt. Tamalpais. Yellow Mariposa Lily, (Calochortus luteus), can be seen on the open grassy summer-dried hills of Mt. Tamalpais. A few blooms of Yellow Pond Lily (Nuphar lutea ssp. polysepalum), the only waterlily native to California, can be seen among the large leaves on Lily Lake between Azalea Hill and Alpine Dam at milepost 6.09 on the Bolinas-Fairfax Road. Serpentine Seep Columbine (Aquilegia eximia), a rare summer-blooming member of the buttercup family, is blooming at the serpentine spring between Azalea Hill and Alpine Dam at milepost 5.23 on the Bolinas-Fairfax Road. On both sides of the road here you can also find Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidentale) blooming with its “most delicious fragrance.” “

June 23, 1999

Mary Stevens reports: ” Calochortus tiburonensis (Tiburon Mariposa Lily), is still in bloom on Ring Mountain. California Buckeye (Aesculus californica) and Blue Elderberry (Sambucus mexicana), both of which are native Marin County trees, are now in bloom around the county. Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa), a native tree which prefers a moist habitat, has already produced its clusters of bright red berries. California Pipevine (Aristolochia californica), has attracted the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly which lays its eggs on the plant. Look for the orange-spined black caterpillars munching on the leaves.”

Lupinus polyphyllus IMG 0913sm

May 20, 1999

Mary Stevens reports the following in flower:
Abbott’s Lagoon, Pt.Reyes:
Lupinus arboreus (Yellow Bush Lupine)
Lupinus polyphyllus (Bog Lupine)
Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)
Rubus spectabilis (Salmon-berry)
Castilleja exserta ssp. latifolia (Purple Owl’s-clover)
Ranunculus orthorhyncus (Straightbeak Buttercup)
Double Bowknot, Mt. Tamalpais:
Xerophyllum tenax (Bear Grass), it is very unusual to see this member of the lily family blooming in Marin County
Horkelia tenuiloba (Thin-lobed Horkelia)


Past Wildflower Reports

2006 Wildflower Reports

Cardamine californica
 photo by Doreen Smith
December 12, 2006
Doreen Smith reports: “some milkmaids (Cardamine californica) flowering along Lucas Valley Road.”

Scoliopus bigelovii
 photo by Bob Sills
December 2, 2006
Bob Sills reports: “The fetid adderstongues (Scoliopus bigelovii) are starting to bloom in Muir Woods.”

Parnassia californica
 photo by Vernon Smith
November 14, 2006
Doreen Smith reports: “There are still a few Parnassia californica flowering at Old St. Hilary’s in the seeps below the church.”

Ribes menziesii fruit
 photo by Vernon Smith
September 29, 2006
Doreen Smith reports: “The hike to Tomales Bay State Park went well, the weather was perfect with a refreshing autumnal chill in the air. The huckleberries were not abundant but there were enough for tasting. For remaining flowers there were harebells (not hareballs as the local paper mis-printed) narrow-pod bird’s foot trefoil and grass-leaved goldenrod but the main sources of color were the various berries-and the showy red poison-oak leaves.”

Lessingia hololeuca photo by Doreen SmithCordylanthus pilosus photo by Doreen Smith







September 5, 2006
Doreen Smith reports on the Saturday 2nd Sept. field trip to China Camp : “Unfortunately there was some mix-up regarding the date of the scheduled field trip to China Camp State Historic Park so Mike Vasey was not present on Saturday to be our leader. The day was fine, sunny, not too hot and people from several CNPS Chapters attended. Unusual plants found included Lessingia hololeuca and Cordylanthus pilosus. Later some of us went to the Las Gallinas Valley wastewater ponds to see flowering the only known Marin population of the native ice-plant, Sesuvium verrucosum.”

Mimulus cardinalis
 photo by Peter Denisevich
August 22, 2006
Peter Denisevich reports: “A few Mimulus cardinalis are blooming in Fairfax at Cascade Falls, Cascade Canyon MCOSD, though the falls are down to a trickle. How the tiny seeds survived being washed away I don’t know since they’re right in the middle of the falls…”

July 31, 2006
Doreen Smith reports : “We had a good day for the “wetlands hike”, even fine, clear, sunny “Wilma weather” out on the Abbotts Lagoon trail. There were several common coast rein orchids out there near the bridge to the dunes and one Spiranthes romanzoffiana. Later we all went to look for the Spiranthes population Brad Kelley told us about at “F” ranch, then we went to see if we could discover the rare Pt. Reyes rein orchid near the lighthouse parking lot .We did find a few of them.”

Spiranthes romanzoffiana photo by Brad KelleyHorkelia marinensis photo by Brad KelleyJuly 29, 2006
Brad Kelley reports: “For those interested in Point Reyes orchids there are many Spiranthes romanzoffiana (Hooded Ladies Tresses) blooming close to Sir Francis Drake at F Ranch. There are a couple dozen close to the F Ranch gate and more than a hundred in the field on the opposite side of the road. “Sniff the air while you are there and you will likely smell the honey scent of the Horkelia marinensis (Point Reyes Horkelia) listed as “fairly endangered” in California but common in that area. You can even smell them as you drive by!”


July 24, 2006
Doreen Smith reports from the Tomales Dunes hike: “The Tanacetum camphoratum (in the back dunes of Lawsons Landing) were at the peak of flowering. The rest of the dunes were like a desert with blue and green water-filled playas, very scenic and not too hot there on the coast. The purple-foliage Cordylanthus maritimus was in good shape in the salt marsh. “

Gentiana affinis var. ovata photo by Don SadowskiJuly 20, 2006
Don Sadowski reports: “Drake’s Beach has a wonderful display of blue gentians. They are located on the west overlook at Drake’s Beach, beyond the wooden fence, on the right of the trail, about 30 yards beyond the overlook fence. The beach is also a nice place to go to avoid the heat and enjoy the cool ocean breezes. Take a pinic lunch and enjoy the day.”

July 19, 2006
Doreen Smith reports: “If you drive out to Drakes Beach a short walk uphill past some Pearly Everlasting gives you great views and now Gentians…There are also a few short Spiranthes romanzoffiana at the w. end of the parking lot on a little island in the blacktop.”

Gentiana affinis var. ovata photo by John ConleyJuly 9, 2006
John Conley reported: “I enjoyed hiking at Point Reyes yesterday morning — first at Drake’s Bay in the early morning hours, and then later at F Ranch. At Drake’s Bay, on the bluffs above Drake’s Estero itself, the Blue Gentian (Gentiana affinis) is currently in full bloom, and probably near its peak this season. A host of other plants are still in bloom there: Coyote Mint, Monkeyflower, Indian Paintbrush, Dog Violet, Coast Angelica, Grindelia, Lotus, Yarrow, Blue-eyed Grass, Dudleya, Morning Glory, Centaurium, Prunella, and many more. At F Ranch, Linanthus grandiflorus is now blooming profusely, as is Clarkia davyi.”

Lilium pardalinum photo by Brenda LeinJune 16, 2006
Brenda Lein reports: “There is a lesser known and trekked trail to a second waterfall at Elliot Nature Preserve. Cross the top of the falls at the end of the trail and follow your intuition. This trail is NOT for the faint hearted. It’s not maintained, some who’ve I’ve dragged with me insist it’s really a deer trail and this time of year the dwarf forest is so thick even I question whether or not it’s a trail. If you’re brave and adventerous, you’ll come upon another waterfall with two fairly sizable pools that harbor newts in a valley that is alive with the sound of frogs and crickets and abuzz with wildlife. That wild life includes these near bursting wild tiger lilies!”


Calochortus luteus
 photo by Brenda Lein
June 1, 2006
Brenda Lein reports: “This beautiful yellow Calochortus luteus is in bloom and peppering the hillside, on the Shady Side Trail at Bon Tempe. Haven’t walked the Sunny Side Trail in a while, I imagine they’re over there too!”

Calochortus tiburonensis photo by John ConleySilene californica photo by John Conley






May 29, 2006
John Conley reports: “had a great morning walk on the Phyllis Ellman Trail on Ring Mountain. While our recent early Summer heat and the abrupt cessation of rain has dried out the area very quickly, there were still a host of wildflowers in bloom this morning. Several flowering onions were seen, as well as a multitude of “Ithuriel’s Spear” (Triteleia laxa) in full bloom. “Tarweed” was also in full bloom everywhere one looked, and Western Larkspur was still blooming, as was “Tidy Tips”. At the top of the mountain, Phacelia californica and Collinsia heterophylla (Chinese Houses) bloomed near Turtle Rock, and Silene californica (Indian Pink) was also in full bloom. The Serpentine Morning Glory was also seen. Only a few specimens of Calochortus tiburonensis were seen, with only one in full flower (and several others in bud). “

 May 17, 2006
Doreen Smith reports “The walk yesterday to the Bull Point area was in foggy weather which returned after all the sun that was out there the previous weekend. We found wonderful multi-colored meadows of mixed low-growing flowers at Abandoned “F” Ranch. This was on the flats just NE of the grove of cypress trees.”

May 9,2006
John Conley reports on the May 6th hike on Azalea Hill: “It was a great excursion, and we saw lots and lots of flowers in bloom. Friends of the Corte Madera Creek Watershed had planned the walk and arranged for Doreen Smith to lead it. With her encyclopedic knowledge of Marin flora, we saw (and could identify) much more than we otherwise would have been able to. We saw a variety of Linanthus species in bloom, as well as several uncommon or rare plants (including the Serpentine Morning-glory and Mt. Tamalpais Manzanita). Of course, Goldfields, Buttercups, Checkerbloom, Blue Dicks, Sun Cups, Cream Cups, Iris, several Sanicles, and many, many others were also seen.”

May 2, 2006
Mary Stevens reports: “We saw Aristolochia californica (California Pipevine) with blooms and fruit as well as Pipevine Swallowtail egg deposits at Cascade Canyon, MCOSD on David Herlocker’s walk.”

May 2, 2006
Sharon Salisbury reports “Keep going to Mirafloras every week and seeing more and more flowers. Allium lacunosum, Cryptantha flaccida and Wyethia augustifolia are just beginning to bloom along with many clovers and vetches plus all the earlier wild flowers are still going strong. With the cessation of the rain and the arrival of our long, hot summer these beauties will soon be gone. “

Corallorhiza maculataphoto by Peter DenisevichApril 25, 2006
Peter Denisevich reports: “Dozens of spotted coral root (Corallorhiza maculata), many in full bloom with more to come, along SW shore of Bon Tempe Lake, about half way between the parking lot and the dam.”






April 26, 2006
Sharon Salisbury reports “I was walking through the tiny but beautiful Blackstone Canyon about 2 days ago and there were thousands of Buttercups and more Iris than I have ever seen in one place. Further up the trail just where the trail starts to climb steeply beside the creek and waterfalls there is a hill resplendent with dozens of Collinsia heterophylla, Dichelostemma capitatum and more iris in unimaginable shades of pink, blue, yellow and purple. There was also a few Delphinium patens(pretty sure) alongside the creek.”

April 23, 2006
Brenda Lein reports “In a sea of blue dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum) there was a lone white dick…on the Buckeye trail at Deer Park last week. “

April 23, 2006
Bob Soost reports Roadside viewing: ” Meadow Foam (Limnanthes douglasii) on the west side of Pt. Reyes/ Petaluma Rd. at the intersection of Novato Blvd.; Buttercups (Ranunculus californicus) on the east side of Chimney Rock Rd., Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) on the south side and Meadow Foam
(Limnanthes douglasii) on the north side. This patch of var. douglasii is unusual for the Seashore. Most sites are var. sulphurea. “

Aquilegia formosaphoto by Brenda LeinApril 21, 2006
Brenda Lein reports “Columbine (Aquilegia formosa) are blooming At Elliot Nature Preserve.”



April 10, 2006
Don Sadowski reports: “Anyone willing to slosh through the water and mud at Rush Creek will be rewarded by seeing several wildflowers in bloom and birds. Most notable flowers are a hillside full of Coast/White Baby-blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii) and many Woodland Stars (Lithophragma affine). Also, saw not one but two eurasian widgeons swimming side by side blending in with several American widgeons.”

Paronychia franciscana and Phacelia divaricataphotos by Don Sadowski

April 7, 2006
Don Sadowski reports from the Rock Spring hike on Mt Tam with Doreen Smith and David Herlocker: “In the serpentine area, we came across Paronychia franciscana and Phacelia divaricata that Doreen identified and may be of interest to all.”

Corallorhiza striata
photo by Peter Denisevich
March 30, 2006
Peter Denisevich reports:: “Striped coral root (fewer than last year or maybe just harder to find in the gloom) on Yolanda Trail between Fairfax and San Anselmo. Wyethia glabra are blooming in spite of the endless rains. Cascade Canyon MCOSD, Fairfax.”

March 29, 2006
Amelia Byrd Ryan reports: ” The Tomales Point Trail at Point Reyes was in full bloom on Sunday. California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) and Douglas iris (Iris douglasiana) were everywhere, with scattered patches of Point Reyes blennosperma (Blennosperma nanum var. robustum), baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii), coast rock cress (Arabis blepharophylla), and lots of wallflower (Erysimum menziesii ssp. concinnum) – lovely to look at and smell – blooming near the very tip of the point. The elk were nice too.”

March 26, 2006
Sharon Salisbury reports more species starting to bloom at Miraflores Open Space, Tiburon: “…Blue-eyed Grass, Hog Fennel, and Checkerbloom. Also on the Old Railroad Grade there are Checker Lilies, Tree Poppies, many Common Star lilies and Indian Warriors that are just starting to bloom. I agree with Doreen that this cold wet weather seems to be keeping the flowers a little tentative. Don’t blame them.”

March 26, 2006
Doreen Smith reports from Edna Hickok’s MTIA hike at Pantoll and Rock Spring: ” The wet and cool weather has retarded the wildflower season on Mt. Tamalpais. The only plants that are revelling in the conditions on the Old Mine trail and Rock Spring area are, Popcornflower, (Plagiobothrys nothofulvus), Hound’s tongue, (Cynoglossum grande), Fairy slipper orchid, (Calypso bulbosa), and, on the serpentine barrens:- the local form of Littlepod, (Athysanus pusillus), Claytonia exigua “rosulata”, Turkey-pea, (Sanicula tuberosa), and slender chickweed, (Stellaria nitens). We hope that warmer weather will prevail in the 3 weeks before the April 15th MTIA “wildflower weekend” to develop plants now only vegetative. On the way up to Bootjack Camp and Pan Toll, the roadside tall silver-leaf blue lupines are the Mt. Tamalpais form of Lupinus albifrons!”

March 21, 2006
Doreen Smith reports from David Herlocker’s Ring Mountain hike: ” The total of flowering plant species seen was 50. The most notable being:- Thermopsis californica (golden banner), Calochortus umbellatus (Oakland star tulip), Calochortus uniflorus (Monterey star tulip), Achillea millefolium (yarrow), Lasthenia gracilis (goldfields), Tauschia kellogii (yellow parsley), Lomatium dasycarpum (biscuit-root), Lomatium utriculatum (Spring gold), Sanicula tuberosa (turkey-pea), Sanicula bipinnatifida (red-purple sanicle), Phacelia californica (coast caterpillar-flower), Zigadenus fremontii and Plectritis macrocera.
“If you want to be sure of finding and/or photographing certain plants it is a good idea to join a field trip to have the locations pointed-out! Most of Marin CNPS’s information about various plant species’s localities has been the result of decades of searches and observations by people participating in Wilma Follette’s (and others) walks.”

March 20, 2006
Sharon Salisbury reports “The Miraflores Open Space is literally bursting with Layia platyglossa, and Lasthenia chrysotoma. Also present but in smaller numbers are Placelia californica, Achillea millefolium, Dichelostemma pulchellum, Ranunculus californicus, Eschcholzia californica and more I am sure but I was there as the sun was setting. It is a challenge to walk without stepping on a Tidy Tip or a Goldfield. On one path there were small forests of Thermopsis californica and dainty Viola pedunculata”

March 15, 2006
Sharon Salisbury reports “On the Homestead Valley trail the Calochortus umbellatus is just starting to bloom along with Hound’s Tongue, Buttercups, Douglas Iris, Slim Soloman’s Seal and a few Checker Lilies.”

March 14, 2006
Don Sadowski reports “Berberis pinnata (Coast Barberry) is in bloom at Tennessee Valley, on the side of the main hiking trail leading out to the ocean.”

Mimulus douglasii
photo by Doreen Smith
February 28, 2006
Doreen Smith reports “We were lucky with the weather and the flowers forlast Saturday’s Mt. Burdell field trip. The little mouse-ears (Mimulus douglasii) were found as well as the fragrant fritillary (Fritillaria liliacea).”

February 23, 2006
Wendy Dreskin reports “Claytonia gypsophiloides on Rocky Ridge above Lake Bon Tempe. Dicentra formosa on Bear Valley Trail west of Divide Meadow, plus lots of Sanicula arctopoides at Arch Rock overlook.”

February 22, 2006
Don Sadowski reports “Today was a wonderful day for hiking in Chimney Rock, sunny, clear and the temperature was comfortable. In addition to those flowers already stated by others in earlier writings, Matt Janin and I observed early blossoms of Violets, yellow Indian Paint Brush, Wall Flowers, Checker Bloom and Mule Ears.”

February 22, 2006
Doreen Smith reports “Just back from a pre-trip survey for Saturday’s CNPS event on the S. slope of Mt. Burdell, starting at San Carlos Dr. In no particular order, and by common name so as not to frighten-off beginners: goldfields, suncups, little blennosperma, bluedicks, biscuitroot, turkey- pea, Fremont’s death camas, creamcups, lily-fritillary, miners lettuce, hounds-tongue, shooting stars, Ca. saxifrage, buttercups, and one “blue-eyed Mary” i.e. Collinsia sparsiflora.”

Dodecatheon hendersoniiphoto by Doreen SmithFebruary 15, 2006
Doreen Smith reports from the Marin Naturalist hike at Chimney Rock: “We were challenged by a stiff cold wind but the sun was bright and the long-distance views were sparkling. In all we found 39 different species of flowers in bloom, 28 of which were natives. The only species in reasonable abundance was Douglas’ Iris. There were some flowers of the Pt. Reyes Chocolate Lily – including one very vigorous specimen in the shelter of pine trees in area just S. of the Coastguard/ Ranger white house.



February 12, 2006
Doreen Smith reports from David Herlocker’s Mt. Burdell hike: “a fair number of flowers (and birds) were seen by all. Flowers included Dodecatheon hendersonii, Zigadenus fremontii, Blennosperma nanum var. nanum, Ranunculus californicus, Sanicula laciniata, Saxifraga californica, Lepidium nitidum, Cardamine californica, Marah fabaceus, Dichelostemma pulchellum and even a few Ranunculus lobbii in “Hidden Lake”.”

Cynoglossum grande and Calypso bulbosaphotos by John ConleyFebruary 11, 2006
John Conley reports “I hiked on Mt. Tam this morning, heading out from Pantoll on the Old Mine Trail, and then onto the Dipsea Trail into Steep Ravine. The warm weather of the past week has brought an abundance of flowers into bloom. There is a lot of Hound’s Tongue (Cynoglossum grande) blooming near Pantoll, and many Star Lilies (Zigadenus fremontii) in full bloom along the Dipsea Trail. Wild Cucumber (Marah fabaceus) is also in full bloom around Pantoll and in Steep Ravine. Steep Ravine itself has lots of Trillium (T. ovatum) in bloom, and quite a bit of Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) as well as a few Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) blooms. In Steep Ravine near Highway 1, Trillium chloropetalum is still blooming but beginning to fade a bit. Also near Highway 1, there is Smilacina racemosa (False Solomon’s Seal) in bloom and lots of Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata). Milkmaids (Cardamine californica) are blooming just about everywhere, but beginning to fade. Fairy Bells (Disporum smithii) seem to be at their peak, and there are quite a few of them in Steep Ravine near Highway 1, and more a bit further up the Ravine near the intersection with the Dipsea Trail. Just West of Highway 1, descending toward the Steep Ravine campground, there is Coast Barberry (Berberis pinnata) blooming, along with a handful of Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon hendersonii) on the hill above the road. More of the latter can be found blooming on the Matt Davis Trail near (just West of) Pantoll. Fetid Adder’s Tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii) is abundant in Steep Ravine near Pantoll. Much to my surprise, I found quite a bit of it still in full bloom. On the Matt Davis Trail, West of Pantoll, the Calypso Orchid (Calypso bulbosa) has just begun to bloom. I saw only two plants in bloom this morning, but I’d guess that there will be many more within the next week. Spring is definitely here.”

Trillium ovatum
photo by Doreen Smith
February 1, 2006
Sharon Salisbury reports “Tis that time of year again, and what a year it has been. Saw my first Trillium ovatum at Cascade Falls today in Mill Valley. As you walk toward the falls from the parking lot they are about 40 feet up the trail across the creek. There was a small grove of about 7 nestled against a moss-covered log. Still some fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii) along the parking lot, some just coming into bloom although most have gone to seed.”

Sanicula actopoides
photo by John Conley
January 28, 2006
John Conley reports Sanicula arctopoides in bloom “on Chimney Rock (at the terminus of the peninsula). This common (and often unnoticed) plant is one of my favorite harbingers of Spring in Northern California. I only saw one plant in full bloom yesterday. No other blooms (of any species) were seen at Chimney Rock, but the “Footsteps of Spring” have now arrived there.”

Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum
photo by Doreen Smith
January 24, 2006
Doreen Smith reports &quot Ribes californicum and Aristolochia californica are starting to flower alongside the flat parts of Lucas Valley Road (east of the Big Rock) i.e. in the Las Gallinas Valley!! “

January 20, 2006
Doreen Smith reports &quot More flowers are coming out! Last weekend on Gini Havel’s mushroom hike we saw lots of pink flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum) in flower already, and Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum) even.&quot The big Blennosperma (at Pierce Point Ranch parking area) and little Blennosperma (at Mt. Burdell) are only just starting but on Mt. Burdell’s south slope near the San Carlos Dr. entrance to the open space the Zigadenus fremontii are already up.
&quot This last weekend, on a hike from the Mountain Theatre to West Point Inn, we saw the Arctostaphylos canescenswas in as good flower as it will ever be this season. The flowers are paler than usual, maybe “washed out” by all the rain. There was only very little flowering A.glandulosa except for a nice one by the “no entry old radar-site” pull-out at the “middle peak” of Mt. Tam. Also two species of Garrya; G. fremontii and G. elliptica, can be seen in catkin right by the road near that same spot.”

Scoliopus bigelovii
photo by MAStevens
January 7, 2006
Donald Henry reports fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii) &quot blossoming at the Cascade Falls parking area”

January 6, 2006
Doreen Smith is &quot pleased to report milkmaids (Cardamine californica) and fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii) are already flowering, as are the coast silktassel bushes (Garrya elliptica), ” along Lucas valley Road.

January 1, 2006
Bob Sills reports &quot lots of fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii) in bloom at Muir Woods.”

Past Wildflower Reports

2007 Wildflower Reports

December 27, 2007
Joe Kohn reports: “On Christmas Day, a group of us went up the Big Rock Ridge trail, and near the top were stunned to see footsteps of spring (Sanicula arctopoides) already in flower.”

December 27, 2007
Doreen Smith reports: “Yesterday we took a hike on Mt. Burdell where there were already a few wildflowers in bloom. There were a few Blennosperma nanum var. nanum, aka. “common stickyseed” some “goldfields”, Lasthenia californica or L. gracilis; “peppercress”, Lepidium nitidum; “buttercups”, Ranunculus californicus; milkmaids, Cardamine californica and even a few “Ca. poppies”, Eschscholzia californica. “

December 3, 2007
Wendy Dreskin reports: “I saw a California Buttercup at Elliott Nature Preserve November 30! Also cow parsnip on November 27 by the Clem Miller Center, and twinflower near the youth hostel, and the first coast strawberry in a sandstorm on McClure’s on December 3!”

Arctostaphylos manzanita
 photo by Doreen Smith
December 2, 2007
Doreen Smith reports: “I did a little reconnoitre about Back Ranch Meadows at China Camp State Park and the common manzanitas (Arctostaphylos manzanita) are in flower and teasing the hummingbirds. Most have white flowers but there are a few with bells of palest pink like the one in the photo.”

Noxious Weed:
Delairea odorata
 photo by Doreen Smith
November 30, 2007
Doreen Smith reports: “It looks pretty but is a real pest. This is a South African native perennial vine called Delairea odorata, Cape-ivy; once it was called Senecio mikanioides, German-ivy. It is spreading about local creeks, climbing up high into the trees and is very hard to get rid of though it rarely sets any seed. Any little bit of stem seems to have the ability to sprout into a new plant, if left unchecked the vine eventually smothers the vegetation upon which it climbs.”

November 29, 2007
Joe Kohn reports: “The first native wildflower of the season was spotted at Roy’s Redwoods. Sitting alone and by itself, A beautiful Ranunculus californicus (California Buttercup) heralded the start of the yearly cycle of birth and renewal.”

Orobanche californicaDS sm






June 25, 2007
Doreen Smith reports from the field trip to Chimney Rock, Point Reyes: “Both Orobanche californica and Gentiana affinis ovata were found, the former in fine photo-ready condition. The Orobanche californica plants are parasitic on Grindelia and are growing at the very tip of the Chimney Rock peninsula on the center of the west-facing slope. Some plant’s flowers are reddish, others purple.”

Allium falcifolium
 photo by Peter Denisevich
May 18, 2007
Peter Denisevich reports: “Allium falcifolium are blooming brightly on Carson Ridge — Oat Hill Road near Old Sled Trail. The rhododendrons are almost in bloom on either side of the ridge in Liberty Gulch and toward Little Carson Falls (Be careful of the frogs!)”

May 4, 2007
Sharon Salisbury reports: “I was at Kirby Cove at the Marin Headlands yesterday and saw several Delphinium californicum ssp. californicum. There were several rising above the surrounding vegetation on the bluff above the beach and were in full bloom or bud. The walk down to Kirby Cove this time of year is lovely with many different flowers in full bloom. The chert cliffs are a stunning foil to the bright splashes of red Indian Paint Brush, orange poppies, yellow Lizard Tails, Seep Monkey flower and Mustard, pink Checkerbloom and Morning Glory, orange Sticky Monkey Flower, blue Blue-eyed Grass and much more.”

April 30, 2007
Doreen Smith reports: “My last field trip Sunday 29th to Azalea Hill and Carson Ridge produced a few new records to add to the plant list. At the moment the area is well worth a visit if only roadside clumps of pale Marin Douglas Iris on the drive up from the Meadow Club and for the meadow of goldfields on the NE slope of Azalea Hill. The pink-purple Allium falcifolium in the barrens between the rocks at the top of the hill and the small, endemic Astragalus gambelianus var. elmeri will be visible for only a little while longer.”

Delphinium variegatum
 photo by Amelia Ryan
April 22, 2007
Amelia Ryan reports: “Royal Larkspur (Delphinium variegatum) is blooming at China Camp State Park, as are Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis ssp. affinis) and Common Owl’s clover (Castilleja densiflora var. densiflora). Golden Pea (Thermopsis californica) is everywhere! Also in bloom: Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium bellum), ground iris (Iris macrosiphon), and Checkerbloom (Sidalcea malviflora).”

Plagiobothrys stipitatus
 photo by Vernon Smith
April 5, 2007
Doreen Smith reports: “I went on the MCOSD hike to Ring Mountain – which event had a very large number of participants eager to experience the wildflowers of this renowned site. Though the flowers aren’t yet at their peak, we saw many Goldfields (Lasthenia gracilis); Woolly Hog-fennel (Lomatium dasycarpum); Oakland star-tulips (Calochortus umbellatus); Tidytips (Layia platyglossa); Morning-glory (Calystegia purpurata ssp. purpurata); Western Cornsalad (Plectritis macrocera); native true clovers (Trifolium spp.); common Owl’s-clover (Castilleja densiflora) and many others. On the very top of the Hill 602 (Ring Mountain) was Marin’s only population of the white native forget-me-not, Plagiobothrys stipitatus, growing in a shallow, dried, vernal depression.”

Dodecatheon hendersonii photo by Doreen SmithMarch 30, 2007
Doreen Smith reports: “Some flowers of the Coast Redwood forest understory seen at Muir Woods N. M. on Tuesday 27th March: Two spp. of Fairybells, Prosartes hookeri (green flowers) and P.smithii (white flowers); Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus; Wakerobin spp., Trillium chloropetalum and T.ovatum; Redwood violet, Viola sempervirens; Woodsorrel, Oxalis oregana; and Windflower, Anemone oregana.
“Old St. Hilary’s Open Space Preserve, most easily accessed from the Vistazo West fire-road, is also a neat place to visit right now with Shootingstars, Dodecatheon hendersonii; Goldfields, Lasthenia californica,; Ca. poppies, Eschscholzia californica and Tidytips, Layia platyglossa – most are all-yellow, only a few with white tips to the ray florets. There is also its near look-alike Spring Tarplant, Hemizonia congesta ssp. lutescens. The rare Black Jewelflower, Streptanthus niger, is sprouting and almost in bud. Near the chapel are blue Gilia clivorum in the long grass.

March 26, 2007
Sharon Salisbury reports: “On the ridge past Ring-Mountain, the hills are alive with Sun Cups, Buttercups, Checkerbloom, Ground Iris, Douglas Iris, Oakland Star Tulips, Zigadene lilies, California Poppies, False Lupines, Blue-eyed Grass, Blue Dicks, Hog Fennel, Purple Sanicle, Footsteps of Spring, Yarrow, Phacelia californica and more. With views of the bay from every side of the hill and small rills running and pooling down the green-grassed hills, it makes for a breathtaking spring meander.”

March 25, 2007
John Conley reports: “Chimney Rock wildflowers have now burst into prolific bloom. On Saturday, I enjoyed seeing Triphysaria eriantha var. rosea (Johnny Tuck) blooming near the parking area. Calochortus tolmiei (Pussy Ears) is beginning to bloom on the headlands, and there were plenty of Mule Ears (Wyethia angustifolia). San Francisco Owl’s Clover (Triphysaria floribunda) is beginning to bloom near the western tip of the peninsula. Cerastium arvense (Field Chickweed) is blooming in abundance, as is the Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana). Sanicula arctopoides (Footsteps of Spring) is fading, while Ranunculus californicus (California Buttercup) is blooming as profusely as I can recall, in this particular location. Layia platyglossa (Tidy Tips) and Castilleja sp. (Indian Paintbrush) are blooming, as is Amsinckia sp. (Crookneck, aka “Devil’s Lettuce). Erigeron glaucas (Seaside Daisy) is fading, but Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) are just beginning their bloom. Viola adunca (Dog Violet) was also seen, along with Erysimum menziesii (Wallflower). At the Lighthouse, near the parking area, the Point Reyes Checker Lily (Fritillaria affinis var. tristulis) was blooming, along with the Coast Rock Cress (Arabis blepharophylla), Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii), and many others. Too many to list. If anyone’s been waiting to visit Chimney Rock or the Point Reyes Headlands to see wildflowers this season as they reach their full bloom, I’d say that time has now begun. How long it last will depend upon a host of factors, not the least of which is rain. In any event, the next few weeks there should be pretty spectacular.”

March 25, 2007
Paul Furman reports: “I saw some nice orchids on the Matt Davis trail today including a couple of albino Calypso bulbosa, and some Corallorhiza striata. Also Pyrola picta in bud.”

Corallorhiza striata photo by Brenda Lein

March 21, 2007
Brenda Lein reports: “Here’s a striped coral root (Corallorhiza striata) Peter and I spied on the Yolanda Trail, at Deer Park, last week. We ran across another on the Shady Side Trail at Bon Tempe just yesterday. We’ve been keeping our eyes peeled, fruitlessly, for the spotted variety which we often see on the Shady Side. No doubt when we see them, we’ll send on a picture!”

March 20, 2007
The Calypso Orchids (Calypso bulbosa) are blooming on Mt.Tam


Fritillaria affinis var.tristulis photo by Doreen SmithMarch 19, 2007
Doreen Smith reports: “I pre-tripped the March 24 Lake Lagunitas hike today. Luckily there were some fine flowering trees, shrubs and herbaceous spp. Also liverworts, mosses, club-mosses, lichens and ferns. Also waterfowl (merganzers) on the lake with Ospreys fishing in the lake. Particularly good were Acer macrophyllum, Arbutus menziesii, Ceanothus cuneatus, Arctostaphylos glandulosa, A. (hookeri) montana, Iris macrosiphon, Iris douglasiana in pastel shades, Sanicula laciniata, Cynoglossum grande, Pedicularis densiflora, Romanzoffia californica and even Athysanus pusillus. If there is any interest I’ll go up on the Carson Ridge, after the Lake circuit is over, to see serpentinite chaparral. There are Ceanothus jepsonii, C. cuneatus and Arctostaphylos (hookeri) montana in flower plus that large-flowered form of Claytonia exigua. At the weekend (Friday) I scouted out the Pt. Reyes headlands to see if the chocolate lilies (Fritillaria affinis var.tristulis) were performing this year. They were really spectacular on the bluff E. of the winding bit of road between Band A ranches, by Sir Francis Drake Blvd. on the way to the Lighthouse.”

Camissonia graciliflora photo by Doreen SmithMarch 14, 2007
Doreen Smith reports: “The south-facing slopes of Mt. Burdell are bursting into flower. Particularly between San Carlos Dr. and San Mateo Dr. in the fenced area protected from grazing cows. Other serpentinite soil areas have lots of flowers but not in so concentrated a mass of blooms. I didn’t even visit the wooded areas or the upper slopes but today I found Eschscholzia californica, Platystemon californicus, Dichelostemma capitatum, D. congestum, Lasthenia gracilis, Layia chrysanthemoides, Blennosperma nanum, the uncommon Camissonia graciliflora, Monolopia major, Collinsia sparsiflora, Leptosiphon androsaceus, Leptosiphon parviflorus, Castilleja densiflora, Guillenia lasiophylla, Calandrinia ciliata, Thysanocarpus curvipes, Githopsis specularioides, Lomatium dasycarpum and L. utriculatum.”

March 12, 2007
Sharon Salisbury reports: “At the Marin Headlands we saw many Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja franciscana), Suncups (Camissonia ovata), Wall Flowers, (Erysimum franciscanum), Slim Solomon’s Seal, Zigadene Lily, Wild Cucumber, Footsteps of Spring, Checkerbloom, Tree Poppy, Vetch and this was just on a short walk on the cliffs. On March 11 on a new walk (for me) behind Indian Valley Campus in Novato I saw Suncups, Blue Dicks, Trilliums (Trillium ovatum), Sticky Monkey Flower, Slim Solomon’s Seal, Zigadene Lilies, two kinds of Vetch and thousands of Buttercups and Milkmaids the entire way and in one place a veritable forest of Indian Warriors. I saw one huge plant and stepped off the trail and was astonished to see at least 1000 of them… literally covering the ground on all sides and then spilling over a steep hill. Some were at least 2 feet high and thick. Then the display just abruptly stopped. It reminded me of how a huge mycelium pushes out thousands of mushrooms that erupt above ground. Is Pedicularis densiflora partially parasitic, like some of the paint brushes and owls clovers? I could think of no other explanation for this huge but discrete display. The main trees were Madrone…is there some sort of relationship there? Also on the sunnier side of the mountain hundreds of Sanicula (I think crassicaulis). There were also thousands of Shooting Stars the entire way and Madrone and different species of Manzanita were in blooms of pink and white and the deciduous oaks and Buckeyes were unfurling their new leaves as the Live Oaks pushed forth their red new growth. Also, many lizards, birds and butterflies all around and all to the tune of creeks, waterfalls and the smell of honey-scented air. A real zippidy-do-da day!”

Camissonia ovata photo by John Conley




March 10, 2007
John Conley reports: “I hiked at Drake’s Bay this morning. The Douglas Iris has burst into bloom (on the hillsides above the beach) everywhere one looks, and the Coast Suncup (Camissonia ovata) is abundant on the bluffs above Drake’s Bay, as is the Dog Violet (Viola adunca). Sidalcea malviflora, Ranunculus californicus, and several species of Ceanothus are also in full bloom. Cerastium arvense (Field Chickweed) is just beginning to bloom. Indian Paintbrush (several species) is blooming. Spring is here.”

March 2, 2007
Sharon Salisbury reports: “On the old RR grade in Mill Valley the are hundreds of Mission Bells either in bloom or putting out their first huge leaf. I don’t think I have ever seen so many in one place. Also as many Fetid Adder’s Tongues, although most have gone to seed. Milkmaids and Zigadene lilies abound. I love the un-pleating fuzzy green leaves of the Hazelnut and its catkins that appear to hang in mid-air like something in a Harry Potter movie.”

Zigadenus fremontii photo by Amelia Byrd Ryan





February 23, 2007
Amelia Byrd Ryan reports: “Zigadenus fremontii is in full bloom on the Tiburon penninsula. I found it in the Tiburon Uplands Preserve. It was blooming in other locals along Paradise Drive, as well. Milkmaids(Cardamine californica) and Hound’s tongue (Cynoglossum grande) were also in bloom.”

February 18, 2007
Sharon Salisbury reports: “On a quick walk on Homestead Trail in Mill Valley I saw about 100 Fetid Adder’s Tongues, many still in bloom, about 10 Hound’s Tongue in bloom and bud and about 50 Trillium ovatum in full bloom.”

Scoliopus bigelovii
 photo by Arnold Knepfer
February 17, 2007
Arnold Knepfer reports: “I took this picture this morning on the South Trail in Corte Madera. It’s apparently a Fetid Adder’s Tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii). Good thing I didn’t smell it (because I didn’t know what it was until I got home).”

February 17, 2007
Doreen Smith reports: “The Mt. Tam. hike was about the least “floriferous” that I’ve ever led – but the weather was clear and warm and the views tremendous.Total flowering spp. on the Verna Dunshee trail were 4. We COULD see the white snow-capped peaks of the Sierra on the eastern horizon as promised. The “most beautiful manzanita” (Arctostaphylos canescens) had unfortunately mostly finished flowering, there were only a few rosy bells left on shrubs on the south side of the west-facing slope of the parking area. There were plenty of Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp. glandulosa, which has white flowers, in various stages of bloom. At Rock Spring we found one open Calypso orchid flower and two in bud.On the lower south-facing slopes of the Mt. by the roadside there were a few Ceanothus cuneatus shrubs in full flower. In Marin most blossoms of this species are blue-purple.”

February 17, 2007
Sharon Salisbury reports: “Today, on a Mt. Tam walk with Doreen Smith, we saw a few buds and flowers of the Calypso Orchid (Calypso bulbosa) in the woods behind the picnic benches at Rock Springs. There were also a few in bloom behind the bathrooms at Laurel Dell. Along the bridge that crosses the creek at Laurel Dell there were many Fetid Adder’s Tongues (Scoliopus bigelovii) still in bloom. On the Verna Dunshee Trail we saw the lovely Castilleja foliolosa and everywhere the elegant urn-shaped flowers of manzanita and madrone were drooping from branches. A beautiful day just to be out and about.”

February 14, 2007
Don Sadowski reports: “Today we saw purple Irises (Douglas) blooming at the top of the hill before one drops down into Limator Beach and the parking area.”

Nemophila menziesii var. atomaria photo by Vernon SmithFebruary 12, 2007
Doreen Smith reports: “Yesterday on David Herlocker’s hike we found 20 flowering plant spp. This did include non-natives, however, but there were Blennosperma nanum var. robustum, Ranunculus californicus, Viola adunca, Nemophila menziesii var. atomaria, Lomatium utriculatum and Calandrinia ciliata too. Thursday is the annual MCOSD group’s trip to Chimney Rock so there may be more things in bloom than would have expected, given the dry, cold winter weather of January. I’m hoping to see the Fritillaria affinis var. tristulis.”

Erigeron glaucus photo by John ConleyFebruary 3, 2007
John Conley reports: “Chimney Rock wildflowers are just beginning to show themselves. Sanicula arctopoides (Footsteps of Spring) is coming up, but is not yet in bloom. Sidalcea malviflora (Checkerbloom) is blooming near the tip of the peninsula, and there were quite a few Seaside Daisies (Erigeron glaucus) in bloom on the western side of the peninsula this morning. The early blooms of Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii) were seen on the bluffs near the Point Reyes lighthouse.”

February 1, 2007
Don Sadowski reports: “The Zigadenus fremontii (star lillies) are blooming now on Mt. Burdell and so are the Blennosperma.”

January 29, 2007
Sharon Salisbury reports: “The Fetid Adder’s Tongues (Scoliopus bigelovii) are blooming at the parking lot at Cascade Falls and a few plants along the upper trail are also in bloom. However, it appears many more are already going to seed and I didn’t see as many as in past years. At Rush Creek I saw hundreds of Milkmaids blooming last week.”

Ribes sanguineum photo by John ConleyJanuary 6, 2007
John Conley reports: “I hiked at Point Reyes today, making a loop from the Muddy Hollow trailhead up to Inverness Ridge and back, via the Drake’s View, Inverness Ridge, and Bay View trails. The Pink-flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum) is blooming in and around Muddy Hollow. A few Milkmaids were blooming on the Drake’s View trail, where I also saw an amazing abundance and diversity of fungi. Mushrooms of all shapes, sizes, and colors were everywhere to be seen, on the upper trail (as it passes through the “new” Bishop Pine forest there). Two early Douglas Iris were blooming on the lower part of the trail, as were many wild strawberries. On the Bayview trail, there were a dozen or more bright scarlet Indian Paintbrush blooms to be seen. On the lower part of the Bayview trail, I briefly enjoyed the sweet scent of Ceanothus in bloom (somewhere close), but I could not locate the blooms themselves, despite some searching. The Ceanothus that I saw there is still in bud, but should be in full bloom within a week or two.”


Past Wildflower Reports

2008 Wildflower Reports

Cardamine californicaphoto by Doreen SmithAlnus rhombifoliaphoto by Vernon and Doreen Smith
December 30, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “I got out for a little hike yesterday and found a few milkmaids, Cardamine californica var. californica in the woods behind our house. Alnus rhombifolia, white alder, is starting to produce flowers (catkins) along Lucas Valley Road. The male catkins are most obvious, the female catkins are tiny and obscure at top of the flowering twigs. Alnus rubra, red alder, usually flowers at least a month later and the trees are mostly on the coast. Arctostaphylos manzanita, common manzanita, is starting to flower at China Camp State Park. California buttercups are in flower along the Mt. Muir fire road.”

December 27, 2008
Bob Sills reports: “Scoliopus bigelovii (Fetid Adder’s Tongue) are blooming in Muir Woods.”

November 21, 2008
Joe Kohn reports: “Lots of Ranunculus californicus (California buttercup) leaves are starting to appear, and a single buttercup flower was spotted on 11/20 on the Yolanda Trail, less than 100 feet from Phoenix Lake. Spring Wildflower season has started!”

October 26, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “We’re just back from the Limantour beach area with the David Herlocker group. It was very foggy there but lots of shore birds were feeding as the tide went out. Massive trail re-routing has occurred, you almost wouldn’t recognize the place. Next spring we probably will have a plant hike out there and co-incidentally see the fait accompli when they have opened up the drainages to possible fish-movements. “

Alpine Lake October 2008
photo by Doreen Smith
October 6, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “Vernon and I pre-tripped the shores of Alpine Lake yesterday. The water level is down well below normal for the date this year but noteworthy plants are few. Still I will do the hike more or less as previously planned on the 12th Oct. but include L. Lagunitas as well because that has more water in it! The four-leaf clover fern (Marsilea vestita) was visible but no pillwort-ferns (Pilularia americana).”

Calibrachoa parviflora
photo by Vernon Smith
September 25, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “More news from our field trips! Yesterday we found a new native plant species for Marin – Calibrachoa parviflora (was Petunia parviflora) on the drying shore of Stafford Lake reservoir, Novato. It was one I couldn’t initially identify to the delight of those present, who in the past may have suffered from my “know-them-all” deception.”

Astragalus nuttallii
photo by Brad Kelley
September 20, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “We re-discovered Astragalus nuttallii (last recorded 1947) on our last CNPS weekend hike to McClures beach, Pt. Reyes. Brad Kelley took the picture. Perhaps we found it because I didn’t take along my camera… “

Toxicodendron diversilobumphoto by Muriel JennyVaccinium ovatumphoto by Muriel JennyRibes menziesiiphoto by Muriel JennyCorethrogyne filaginifoliaphoto by Muriel Jenny
August 4, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “Yesterday’s CNPS field trip to Tomales Bay State park was well- attended. We got to see an early fall show of the poison-oak’s red leaves – even though it is technically still summer. Ripe huckleberries were abundant for the tasting thereof, but to get enough for a pie would take a long time. A few plants were added to the trail species list but there were quite a few differences from the old list compiled in the spring of 2000, perhaps due to vegetational succession. Muriel Jenny contributed these photographs from the walk. The Beach-aster, Corethrogyne filaginifolia (was Lessingia) is abundant right now on some of the hills of Pt. Reyes.”





July 24, 2008
Celia Zavatsky reports: “Here are 3 photos I took this May when I was helping with seed collecting at one of the quarries at Pt Reyes. I had my eyes scanning the ground for the ripe seeds and when I looked up, I saw this peculiar image on the horizon. As I headed up the hill, I realized what it was and took the 2nd pic. Then I quietly sneaked up to snap the final pic. Note Abbotts Lagoon in the background.”

Gentiana affinis var. ovata  photo by John ConleyLilium pardalinum  photo by John Conley
June 20, 2008
John Conley reports: “I hiked at Point Reyes early this morning. The Blue Gentian (Gentiana affinis var. ovata) is now in full bloom on the bluffs above Drake’s Bay. I also enjoyed seeing the Leopard Lily (Lilium pardalinum) in bloom on the Panoramic HIghway (just east of the Bootjack Trailhead and Parking area; no hiking is needed to view the flowers currently blooming there) as I headed back home over the Mountain.”

May 27, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “Our Marin CNPS hike on Carson Ridge to look for the only Marin flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum) population was unsuccessful. In spite of the maps Joe managed to obtain from MCOSD we crashed about in heavy manzanita/poison oak/Sargent cypress for half an hour without seeing any sign of the yellow-flowering shrub. There were some flowers to be seen on the hike from the Azalea Hill trailhead: Pickeringia californica, Navarretia rosulata, Hesperolinon micranthum, Calystegia collina, Delphinium hesperium, Hypericum concinnum, Cuscuta californica, a white Centaurium/ Zeltnera and a very few, very tiny Streptanthus batrachopus. The Boschniakia strobilacea was in fruit in the usual site under a roadside cypress S. of the Cascade Canyon/Repack fire road junction and just downhill , i.e. SW from there, the Gentiana affinis was not yet flowering.”

Abronia latifolia photo by John ConleyAbronia umbellata var. breviflora photo by John ConleyCamissonia cheiranthifolia photo by John ConleyCalystegia soldanella  photo by John ConleyPotentilla glandulosa  photo by John Conley
May 25, 2008
John Conley reports: “I had a nice walk in the rain yesterday, along the beaches of Drake’s Bay and then up onto the bluffs around Drake’s Estero. I was pleasantly surprised and gratified to see so many plants still in bloom there, including some that have just begun to bloom or have just recently reached their peak bloom. At “Horseshoe Lagoon”, the dunes that separate the lagoon from the Ba itself still have many sand verbenas (both the yellow, Abronia latifolia, and the rare (CNPS list 1B) pink, A. umbellata var. breviflora) in bloom, as well as lots of Beach Primrose (Camissonia cheiranthifolia). The Beach Morning Glory (Calystegia soldanella) has just begun to bloom there. On the bluffs above Drake’s Estero, Yerba Buena (Satureja douglasii) is blooming among the Coyote Bush, and Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris) is abundant. Ithuriel’s Spear (Triteleia laxa) is just beginning to bloom in this area. There is still a lot of Paintbrush and Monkeyflower in bloom, as well as some late Checkerbloom and Douglas Iris. Yarrow and Coast Angelica are near peak. Several species of Lupine are flowering, and there is still some Ceanothus to be seen (and smelled). The Sticky Cinquefoil (Potentilla glandulosa) is in bloom, and there are still a few Dog Violets (Viola adunca) to enjoy. The late-season rain was a delight for me, and cloudy skies made the colors of the wildflowers more vibrant than bright sunlight would have allowed.”

May 25, 2008
Robert Hall reports: “The wildflowers are still showing on the Deerpark fire road trail in Fairfax. Plentiful Monkeyflower, California Buckeye and Ithuriel’s Spear. Also present: Red Ribbon Clarkia, Everlasting, Hedgenettle, Slender Tarplant and a lone Bush Poppy where Indian Fire Road meets Eldridge Grade. Many yellow flowering plants growing between rocks which I believe to be Stonecrop. A handful of Blue dicks left on the road to the lakes up from Shaver. One Douglas Iris on Eldridge.”

Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana
 photo by Doreen Smith
May 8, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “Joe’s Marin Headlands field trip along the Coast Trail from the Golden Gate Bridge to the old Rifle Range last Tuesday was very abundantly floral. Most colorful among the many species of flowers encountered on the E. side of the ridge were red Franciscan paintbrush, Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana.”

April 30, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “Today was David Herlocker’s Soulejule expedition. I participated for only a very short time as I had set myself the job of monitoring rare plants in the area. A discovery there was a patch of little mudwort, Limosella acaulis, in the drying seasonal wet place NE of the dam.The rest of the group I left to hike round the reservoir. They found Pogogyne serpylloides, a tiny mint with a strong pleasant odor.
“The reduced population of Delphinium bakeri on the Marshall-Petaluma road is now flowering. Along the cliffs S. of Tomales, Amsinckia lunaris and Clarkia concinna ssp. raichei are flowering in much the same sites as Arabis blepharophylla. Near the junction of Chileno Valley Road and the Tomales-Petaluma road, Iris longipetala are abundant on the W. of the road and Hemizonia congesta ssp. congesta (with white flowerheads) is in the grassy field to the E. of the road.”

Lagophylla minor
 photo by Vernon SmithDowningia concolor
 photo by Vernon SmithHesperolinon congestum
 photo by Doreen Smith
April 21, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “Marin CNPS had a good field trip yesterday to the Missimen wildflower area in Snell Valley, Napa county, where we saw several unusual flowering spp. not found in Marin.” “Hesperolinon congestum, a State and Federally-listed endangered species, is just starting to flower on Ring Mountain.”

April 20, 2008
Sue “Mazer” Mace reports: “There are only a few calypso orchids left on Cataract trail”

April 11, 2008
Sharon Salisbury reports: ” On the two trails around Cascade Falls in Mill Valley there are more Clintonia andrewsiana I have ever seen in one place, Adenocaulon bicolor, Oxalis oregana, Smilacina stellata, Disporum hookeri, Trientalis latifolia. There are also >100 Trillium ovatum (most gone to seed), >100 Fetid Adders Tongue (also gone to seed but many more than I saw in bloom), Iris douglasiana and Marah fabaceus. On Lovell above the falls are Tree Poppies, Star lilies, Sticky Monkey Flower and one of the largest Ceonothus I have ever seen.”

Meconella californica
 photo by Doreen SmithTrillium albidum
 photo by Doreen Smith
April 1, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “On the (very windy) field trip to Tomales Point last Sunday we did find the Meconella californica but not the Trillium albidum.”

March 26, 2008
Sharon Salisbury reports: “The Columbine are blooming again on the Escalon Fire Trail… must be about 10 of them. Also, on the Old RR grade in Mill Valley there are Hound’s Tongues, Douglas Iris, Star Lilies and other fleurs but this year there is the largest numbers of Fritillaria affinis I have seen in one place. I have walked that trail for 30 years and never seen this many before. Also, hundreds of the single leaves that will bring even more next year. We stopped counting at 100. There are also hundreds of gone to seed Fetid Adder’s Tongues…some with the largest leaves I have ever seen…12″ long would be my guess. Miraflores in Tiburon is beginning its show with thousands of Golden Fields, Buttercups, Hog Fennel, Blue Dicks, Checker Blooms, Blue-eyed Grass, Owls Clover, Tidy Tips, Castilleja wightii and more.”

Calochortus tolmiei (Pussy Ears)
photo by John Conley
March 23, 2008
John Conley reports: “I hiked around the Muddy Hollow and the Estero de Limantour areas of Point Reyes yesterday. Due to significant trail re-routing, new trail construction, and trail closures, getting around the area was more challenging than usual, and involved quite a bit of off-trail hiking (which I happen to enjoy, but many would not). Many of the standard loop hikes from the Muddy Hollow trailhead are not currently available. Signs promise the possibility that the new trails will be opened sometime this Summer. Iris douglasiana was blooming everywhere. There are whole hillsides of it above Muddy Hollow itself, and along the Estero Trail between White Gate and Muddy Hollow. Calochortus tolmiei, normally abundant at this time of year on the shores of the Estero de Limantour itself, was not seen there; happily, I stumbled across quite a few “Pussy Ears” in full bloom on the hills just above Muddy Hollow. I enjoyed seeing a lot of Ceanothus in bloom yesterday, and the sweet scent of it was delightful. Camissonia ovata (Suncups) were blooming in abundance, and Mimulus aurantiacus (Monkeyflower) was just beginning to bloom. Castilleja spp., Sisyrinchium bellum, Dicentra formosa, Ranunculus californicus, Vicia gigantea, Claytonia sibirica, and Heracleum lanutum were also in bloom. Marah fabaceus is at its peak, and it’s everywhere to be seen. Rubus spectabilis is blooming, as is Rubus ursinus (as well as R. discolor).”

March 15, 2008
Robert Hall reports: “I took a bike ride in Fairfax starting on the White’s Hill trail and continuing onto the loop in Tamarancho. Flowers seen include Common Star Lily, Miner’s Lettuce, California Buttercup, Douglas Iris, Lupine, Milkmaids, Vetch, Shooting Star, Hound’s tongue, Blue-eyed Grass, Blue Dicks, Paintbrush, Indian Warrior, Stinkbells, one Fiddleneck, and something that resembled Narrow leaf Flax.”

March 13, 2008
Brandon Andre reports: “I observed many flowers blooming on a mountain bike ride at beautiful Camp Tamarancho near Fairfax. Please note that Tamarancho is Boy Scout property. All trail users need to exercise caution at Tamarancho – there is a 7.5 mile singletrack loop that is heavily used by mountain bikers, as well as numerous fire roads and side trails that are restricted from mountain bikers.
The list: Mission Bells (Fritillaria affinis), Milkmaids (Cardamine californica), Indian Warrior (Pedicularis densiflora), California Buttercup (Ranunculus californicus), Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata), Hound’s Tongue (Cynoglossum grande), non-native Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis silvatica), Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon hendersonii), Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana), Ground Iris (Iris macrosiphon), Baby Blue-Eyes (Nemophila menziesii ssp. atomaria), Bluedicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), Coast Sun Cups (Camissonia ovata), Fremont’s Death Camas (Zigadenus fremontii), Cream Cups (Platystemon californicus), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Popcorn Flower (Plagiobothrys nothofulvus), Woolly Paintbrush (Castilleja foliolosa), and California Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum).
“Many of these flowers were blooming in abundance! Ive never seen so many Mission Bells or Indian Warriors! There were a couple handfuls of other flowers out there that I am currently unable to identify, such as a miniature lupine (probably Lupinus bicolor) and a glossy, red, three-leafed shrub that looked so beautiful I just had to rub it all over my face, arms and legs. Just kidding. Happy Wildflowering!”

Iris douglasiana photo by John ConleySidlacea malviflora photo by John ConleyFritillaria affinis var. tritulis photo by John Conley
March 9, 2008
John Conley reports: “The Douglas Iris have exploded into bloom on the bluffs above Drake’s Bay, at Point Reyes. I saw hundreds of them this morning, and also enjoyed seeing many other native Spring blooms on the hills just above the Drake Monument at Drake’s Estero: Sidalcea malviflora (Checkerbloom), Camissonia ovata (Sun Cup), Ceanothus sp. (Blue Blossom), Fritillaria affinis var. tristulis (Point Reyes Checker Liliy), Ranunculus californicus (Buttercup), Cerastium arvense (Chickweed), Viola adunca (Dog Violet), Castilleja sp. (Paintbrush), Wyethia angustifolia (Narrow Mule Ears), Sanicula bipinnatifida (Purple Sanicle), Marah fabaceus (Wild Cucumber), and a dwarf version (I think?) of Zigadenus fremontii. Spring has definitely sprung.”

March 8, 2008
Sharon Salisbury reports: “Whilst on my Beach Survey at Kirby Cove yesterday(March 7), I saw Mimulas guttatus, Mimulus auranticaus, Silene gallica, Dichelostemma capitatum and Gnaphalium bicolor. If you take the steep, one-way road you don’t even have to get out of your car to see the show of Indian Paintbrush, Arabis blepharophylla, Shooting Stars and many more. “Does it seem to anyone else that wildflowers are blooming earlier this year?”

March 5, 2008
Sharon Salisbury reports: “Went on a wildflower quest on the Homestead Trail in Mill Valley and was delighted to see…Indian Warrior (Pedicularis densiflora), Butter Cup (Ranunculus californicus), Sun Cups (Camissonia ovata), Hounds-tongue (Cynoglossum grande), Slim Soloman’s Seal (Smilacina stellata), Milk Maids (Cardamine californica), Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon hendersonii), Iris (Iris douglasiana), Oakland Star Tulip (Calochortus umbellatus), Checker Lily (Fritillaria affinis), Trillium ovatum and the most gone-to-seed Fetid Adders Tongues I have ever seen on one place…100 plus. The Hazelnuts are just pushing out their tender, fuzzy new leaves, as are the Buckeyes and the Bay Trees were in full bloom with vigorous Marah fabaceus clambering up and over them. The other day at Miraflores saw the first of the Viola pedunculatas, Tidy Tips and Hog Fennel. Spring has sprung as my mother used to say.”

March 1, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “Jepson Prairie, Dozier, S. of Dixon, Solano County. Just a beginning of the wildflower season with Blennosperma nanum, Triphysaria eriantha, Trifolium barbigerum var. ?, Plagiobothrys humistratus, Plagiobothrys sp., and Lomatium caruifolium.”

February 29, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “The Elephant Rocks, W. of Tomales are an interesting roadside area to visit for early coastal species. Flowering there now are Minuartia californica, Barbarea orthoceras, Lasthenia californica, Arabis blepharophylla, Dodecatheon hendersonii, Erigeron glaucus and Saxifraga integrifolia. Soon there will be large Fritillaria affinis, Castilleja affinis, Hesperevax sparsiflora var brevifolia, Triphysara eriantha var. rosea, and Microseris paludosa.The lichen and moss population is also significant.”

February 28, 2008
Joe Kohn reports “We parked right next to the Golden Gate Bridge, and went up the east facing Coastal Trail. It was spectacular, and for the first time this year, there were hillsides filled with wildflowers, red and pink and white and blue, with a lot of the CNPS List 4 Arabis blepharophylla (Coast Rock-cress), as well as many Nemophila menziesii var. atomaria (Baby-white-eyes). After reaching the crest, the north facing slope of the Coastal Trail brought into view the first Aquilegia formosa (Columbine) of the year, as well as Lonicera involucrata (Twinberry).”

February 26, 2008
Sharon Salisbury reports “On the Escalon fire trail in Mill Valley I saw a bank covered with Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon hendersonii) and Hound’s Tongue (Cynoglossum grande). I have only seen the Shooting Stars there for the first time last year. At Cascade Falls and in the garden at Stolte Grove were hundreds of Trillium ovatum, Milk Maids (Cardamine californica) and Buttercups (Ranunculus californicus).
“Going to be a glorious spring. Thinking of heading back to the desert again this March, as it should be another epic show.”

February 26, 2008
Joe Kohn reports ” In the past month, we’re seen close over 40 species of native plant in flower, and the other day at Mt Burdell, we saw a sight we hadn’t seen since last year: a hillside in bloom, with flowers as far as the eye could see (which, considering how hard it was raining, wasn’t all that far, but it sure was a nice sneak peak of what is in store for us as Spring arrives).”

Mimulus douglasii
 photo by Doreen Smith
February 18, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “Vernon and I visited Mt. Burdell this afternoon to scout for the forthcoming Marin CNPS field trip. Joe Kohn’s forecast of November last of “likely flower” has proved accurate, there are many, many Zigadenus fremontii near the San Carlos Open Space entrance, plus Blennosperma nanum and Lasthenia gracilis. We also saw Triphysaria versicolor, Dichelostemma capitatum, Ranunculus californicus, Calandrinia cilata, Thysanocarpus curvipes, Cardamine californica, Eschscholzia californica, Lomatium dasycarpum, Lomatium utriculatum, Fritillaria liliacea and, finally, 5 Mimulus douglasii. We met someone who told us he’d seen Corallorhiza striata up near the W. watertank access. All we need now is for it not to rain next Sunday so we can find even more kinds of early wildflowers.”

February 17, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “Steep Ravine trail to Pantoll, Mt. Tamalpais, The weather was cool and foggy but the usual flowers in the woodland at the W. end of Steep Ravine were in bloom – the wakerobin spp. (Trillium chloropetalum and T. ovatum), white fairybells (Prosartes smithii), and of course milkmaids (Cardamine californica). One calypso orchid (Calypso bulbosa) was found up near Pantoll . Another Marin CNPS trip is planned soon (Sunday March 2) to botanize the W. part of the Steep Ravine trail down to the cabins then up to Rocky Point. We hope to find the only Marin population of yellow Franciscan wallflower (Erysimum franciscanum). Our other populations on the Marin Headlands and at Pt. Reyes N.S. are white-flowered.”

February 15, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “Chimney Rock. The weather was perfect, mild and sunny with no wind – much better than it usually is in summer at Pt. Reyes.! The spring flowers were just starting, we saw about 50 species, including weeds, in bloom. Most notable Ca. natives were the osoberry (Oemleria cerasiformis) on the W. bank of the road to the Fish Dock, scarlet Indian paintbrush (Castilleja sp.) and fragrant white wallflower (Erysimum menziesii ssp. concinnum) growing right at the tip of the Chimney Rock peninsula. We couldn’t find more than a bud of the chocolate lily (Fritillaria affinis var. tristulis).”

Scoliopus bigelovii photo by Geaoge EadeScoliopus bigelovii photo by Geaoge Eade
February 13, 2008
George Eade contributes 2 photos of fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii) found near Samuel P. Taylor State Park.

Erysimum menziesii ssp. concinnum photo by John ConleyFragaria chiloensis photo by John Conley






Ranunculus californicus photo by John Conley Nemophila menziesiiJC2






February 9, 2008
John Conley reports: “The Coast Wallflower (Erysimum menziesii ssp. concinnum) was in bloom at Chimney Rock, at several spots near the tip of the peninsula. So were Buttercups (Ranunculus californicus) and Footsteps of Spring (Sanicula arctopoides), as well as increasing numbers of blooming Seaside Daisies (Erigeron glaucas). At Abbott’s Lagoon, the Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis) is blooming profusely on the outer dunes just above the Pacific. The Wild Cucumber (Marah fabaceus) is also blooming there (and at Chimney Rock). No Wallflowers in bloom were seen at Abbott’s Lagoon, but their emerging leaves were everywhere to be seen, so it is only a matter of time. Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii) were just beginning to bloom at Abbott’s Lagoon. “


February 9, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “At Rock Spring the Sanicula tuberosa and tiny rosettes of Claytonia exigua are just starting to flower and milkmaids are abundant. No Calypso orchids yet, but the leaves are showing.”

February 7, 2008
Joe Kohn reports: “On the CNPS hike to King Mountain, we saw the first flowers of the year on the following plants: Whipplea modesta (Modesty) and Zigadenus fremontii (Star Lily).”

February 3, 2008
Joe Kohn reports: “On the CNPS hike to Cascade Canyon, we saw the first flowers of the year on the following plants: Dodecatheon hendersonii (Shooting Star) and Pedicularis densiflora (Indian Warrior). “

January 29, 2008
John Harrigan reports: “I spotted a lot of Fetid Adder’s Tongues leading up to Carson Falls along Serpentine outcrops. There was also a lot of other flowers just about to bloom but was not sure what they were. It should be an interesting trail to hike in the next couple of days. On top of that Carson falls is bursting with water. “

January 27, 2008
Joe Kohn reports: “On the CNPS walk to Kirby Cove in the Marin Headlands, the following flowers were spotted for the first time this year: Lupinus albifrons var. collinus (the Prostrate Silverleaf Lupine that are the lifeblood of the Mission Blue Butterfly), Dichelostemma capitatum (Bluedicks) and Mimulus guttatus (Perennial Yellow Monkeyflower). “

Fritillaria liliacea
at Mount Burdell
 photo by Doreen Smith
January 27, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “I checked out Mt. Burdell on Wednesday and there were many Zigadenus fremontii but just 1 Fritillaria liliacea, near the Partridge Knolls MCOSD entrance.”

January 20, 2008
Joe Kohn reports: “We took a CNPS walk on the Palomarin Trail to Alamere Falls, and saw the following native plants in flower: Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum), Footsteps of Spring (Sanicula arctopoides), Seaside Daisy (Erigeron glaucus), Lizard Tail (Eriophyllum staechadifolium), Milkmaids (Cardamine californica), Pink Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum), Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana), Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata), Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus), California Blackberry (Rubus ursinus), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Manroot (Marah sp.), and both red and yellow Indian Paint Brush (Castelleja sp). We also saw hundreds of mushrooms and a raging Alamere Falls! “

January 17, 2008
Sharon Salisbury reports: “The Fetid Adder’s Tongues are blooming again along the parking lot at Cascade Falls (Mill Valley). At Miraflores (Tiburon) yesterday I was surprised to find some Footsteps-to-Spring in bloom along with a few tattered Tidy Tips. Isn’t this very early for these to be blooming? Been seeing Milk Maids and Miners Lettuce for a few weeks. “

Cynoglossum grande photo by Doreen SmithClaytonia perfoliata photo by Doreen SmithRanunculus californicus photo by Doreen SmithDodecatheon hendersonii photo by Doreen Smith




January 16, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “today found flowering Cynoglossum grande and Claytonia perfoliata near the Mt. Muir Ct. to Terra Linda MCOSD fire road. We also have Ranunculus californicus, Dodecatheon hendersonii and Cardamine californica flowering in this valley but, as you know, they have already been reported by others earlier.”

January 15, 2008
Joe Kohn reports: “There were hundreds of fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii) in flower along Redwood Creek in Muir Woods on January 13th. It looked like they’d all just broken through the soil and the leaves weren’t even fully extended.

January 14, 2008
Joe Kohn reports: “on the Jepson/Johnstone loop at Tomales Bay State Park, we spotted lots of flowers, including CNPS 1B Listed Bolinas Manzanita (Arctostaphylos virgata), Salal (Gaultheria shallon), and Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum).”

Scoliopus bigelovii
 photo by Doreen Smith
January 14, 2008
Doreen Smith reports: “Along Lucas Valley Road, under the redwood trees west of the Big Rock, there is fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii) flowering already.”

Cardamine californica
 photo by John Conley








January 13, 2008
John Conley reports: “I hiked at Point Reyes early yesterday morning, and enjoyed seeing a single buttercup (Ranunculus californicus) and a single coastside daisy (Erigeron glaucus) in bloom at Chimney Rock. Spring is on the way. Later in the day, I traveled to Steep Ravine (Mt. Tamalpais) and hiked near Highway 1, where I enjoyed seeing the blooms of Cardamine californica as well as the (non-native) blooms of Chickweed (Stellaria media). The Milkmaids (Cardamine californica) are just beginning to bloom profusely.”


January 8, 2008
Kirk Keeler reports: “Yesterday I spotted 2 Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon hendersonii) on a trail above the Dominican College area (west slopes adjacent China Camp; San Pedro Ridge East). I will return there when the weather is better to take pictures. I personally have never seen shooting stars this early. Is this uncommon? I was both excited and a bit uneasy about the sighting.”


Past Wildflower Reports

2009 Wildflower Reports

Cardamine californica
photo by Doreen Smith
December 29, 2009
Doreen Smith reports: “Cardamine californica is blooming in “Marinwood” just north of the Mt. Lassen Dr. parking spot for Old Lucas Valley Road.”

Scoliopus bigelovii
photo by George McRae
December 21, 2009
George McRae & Heidi Rand report: ” …many Brownies (Scoliopus bigelovii) in bloom in Muir Woods along the main trail just short of Cathedral Grove on Friday December 18th. We took a trip to Cascade falls yesterday Dec 20, but saw none. “

Arctostaphylos manzanitaphoto by Vernon SmithSolidago californicaphoto by Vernon Smith
December 19, 2009
Vernon Smith reports: “On David Herlocker’s hike today, I saw Common Manzanita (Arctostaphylos manzanita) and California Goldenrod (Solidago californica) in bloom on Big Rock Ridge. Things seem to be somewhat early.”

Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana
photo by Dave Strauss
November 8, 2009
Dave Strauss reports: “It was surprising to see several plants in bloom in the Marin Headlands today including: Eschscholzia californica, Mimulus aurantiacus, and Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana. I also observed Arctostaphylos sp. in bloom high up along Gold Hill Grade in San Rafael yesterday.”

Cordylanthus pilosus
photo by Vernon Smith
August 16, 2009
Doreen Smith reports: “Several botanically-inclined people from several CNPS chapters braved the mid-day heat and attended Saturday’s hike around the N. edges of Alpine Lake reservoir, MMWD. In addition to the expected (often tiny) wetland plants like Crassula aquatica, Epilobium torreyi, Mollugo verticillata and Gratiola ebractata we found Isoetes howellii, Asclepias fascicularis, Epilobium densiflorum and unexpectedly large numbers of Cordylanthus pilosus at the foot of Azalea Hill, some were even at the reservoir high-water-line mark. The Alpine Lake plant list was amended accordingly.
“Next month (Sept.) there will be a visit to the shores of Nicasio reservoir and the Stafford Lake reservoir E. of Novato with David Herlocker’s Marin Naturalist Program . Last year there were many different shore-line plants to see, some the same but many different from those listed above.They included the native Petunia parviflora, new to Marin, and the non- native arrowhead, Sagittaria brevirostra.”

July 30, 2009
Doreen Smith reports: “I pre-tripped the Alpine/Lake Lagunitas area Tuesday and the reservoir isn’t down as much as the photo from last year (see walks description) but it is surrounded by obscure items of Botanical interest: Alisma triviale and Helenium puberulum are the prettiest, Marsilea vestita (four-leaf-clover fern) the most peculiar.”

July 22, 2009
Brad Kelley reports: “The gentians (Gentiana affinis var. ovata) are blooming on Carson Ridge near the Repack junction. West of the junction a large patch of Green Rein Orchid (Piperia elongata) is blooming by taking advantage of fog drip under Sargent Cypress (Cupressus sargentii) in a normally very dry area.
“This is a good year for Rein orchids. Piperia transversa and Piperia elongata are blooming in shady areas on the north side of Mount Tam, Lagunitas and Bon Tempe lakes and many areas of central Marin. Piperia elegans ssp. elegans is blooming along the headlands, Kirby Cove, and Point Reyes; some were seen on Doreen’s Abbott’s Lagoon hike. Over 100 flowering spikes of the rare Piperia michaelii were counted on East Marin Island and seventeen were counted at the only other known Marin population at Point Reyes. A few spikes of the extremely rare Piperia elegans ssp. decurtata are beginning to bloom at Point Reyes.”

Triteleia laxa
photo by Jim Rolka
July 18, 2009
Jim Rolka reports: Gentiana affinis var. ovata, Silene scouleri ssp. scouleri, Triteleia laxa (Ithuriel’s spear), and Prunella vulgaris (Selfheal) blooming on the bluff overlooking Abbotts Lagoon. “I went there to see the Blue Gentian and Red-Flowered Catchfly that were mentioned by numerous visitors. (I was staffing a table at the trailhead to provide information on the Snowy Plovers.) “

Gentiana affinis var. ovataphoto by Vernon SmithSilene scouleri ssp. scouleriphoto by Vernon Smith
July 12, 2009
Doreen Smith reports: “There was a big turnout for the Abbotts Lagoon hike and the gentians (Gentiana affinis var. ovata) were found in fine condition at the top of the bluff overlooking the bridge to the dunes. Pink- flowered coastal catchfly, (Silene scouleri ssp. scouleri), also excited the photographers.”

July 3, 2009
Fred Cline reports: Lady tresses (Spiranthes porrifolia) blooming at Rock Spring on Mt. Tam.

July 2, 2009
Mary Stevens and Norbert Jeske report: ” Leopard lilies and Western Azaleas are blooming along the road below the Bootjack parking lot and in Portrero Meadow.”

July 1, 2009
Trevor Simon reports:”We just saw a nice patch of the stream orchid growing in Papermill creek across the road from Devils gulch. Really pretty.”

June 29, 2009
Robert Hall reports:”I biked to the top of Tam starting at Phoenix Lake and noticed that there are still some wildflowers. Of course, monkey flower is blooming everywhere but coyote mint is ubiquitous too. I also saw pearly-everlasting, fading patches of Ithuriel’s spear, western morning glory and one pitcher sage in bloom.”

Lilium maritimumphoto by Vernon SmithRosa spithameaphoto by Roger D. Harris
June 23, 2009
Doreen Smith reports:”The Lilium maritimum should be flowering for this Saturday’s Bull Point trip.”
She also sends a picture of Rosa spithamea taken by Roger D. Harris on her Ring Mountain walk.

Gentiana affinis var. ovataphoto by John ConleyMonardella villosaphoto by John Conley
June 21, 2009
John Conley reports: “The Blue Gentian (Gentiana affinis var. ovata) is in full bloom along the bluffs above Drake’s Bay and Drake’s Estero. There is still some Sidalcea in bloom there, as well as some Ceanothus. Brodiaea terrestris is still in bloom, but is beginning to fade. Lots of Paintbrush, Lotus, Blue-eyed Grass, Ithuriel’s Spear, and Gumweed continue to bloom, and our native Blackberries (Rubus ursinus) are just ripening. The Coyote Mint (Monardella villosa) is currently making a nice show on the path from Drake’s Estero to Horseshoe Lagoon.”

Monardella villosa
photo by Dave Strauss
June 20, 2009
Dave Strauss reports Monardella villosa blooming along the Fish Gulch trail above Phoenix Lake.

Calochortus tiburonensisphoto by Doreen SmithHemizonia congesta lutescensphoto by Doreen SmithCastilleja rubicundula lithospermoidesphoto by Doreen SmithHesperolinon congestumphoto by Doreen Smith
June 7th, 2009
Doreen Smith reports from the Marin CNPS/RockGarden Society hike to Ring Mountain. “There’s still time to see the Calochortus tiburonensis before it goes to seed, but for only about one more week! This year was a good year to see plants with multiple blooms. Other notable flowering spp. seen on this date were yellow spring tarplant, Hemizonia congesta lutescens; white tackstem, Calycadenia multiglandulosa; creamsacs, Castilleja rubicundula lithospermoides; pale pink Marin western flax Hesperolinon congestum; purple coyote mint, Monardella purpurea; rose-pink Tiburon buckwheat, Eriogonum luteolum caninum; ruby chalice clarkia, Clarkia rubicunda and the red-flowered Silene californica. Two new species were located to add to the plant list: bright pink Sonoma rose, Rosa spithamea and a pale green rein orchid, Piperia transversa.
“The Carson Falls area is still worth visiting, the new trail off from the main fire-road is much easier to negotiate than the old one. The waterfalls continue to flow and the rare foothill yellow-legged frogs (don’t disturb them) sunbathe in the shallows of the pools. Rock-lettuce, Dudleya cymosa, flowers there on the rocks (of course) attract hummingbirds.”

Calochortus luteusphoto by Dave StraussClarkia amoenaphoto by Dave Strauss
June 6, 2009
Dave Strauss reports: “Today we saw a very nice collection of Calochortus luteus at Camp Tamarancho along the Serpentine trail just below the junction with the fire road to Cascade Canyon. I saw Clarkia amoena at the junction of the White Hill fire road and B-17 extension at Camp Tamarancho.”

Leptosiphon rosaceus
photo by Doreen Smith
June 4th, 2009
Doreen Smith reports:”We visited the Bull Point trail with David Herlocker’s Marin naturalist group. The rosy linanthus, Leptosiphon rosaceus, made up for the small size of each plant by occuring in vast numbers and mixed colors of white, pink and rose. The stream orchids, Epipactis gigantea, were flowering in great shape but were nearly trampled to death by their admirers.”

June 2, 2009
Doreen Smith reports: “Finally we found Marin’s Fremontia! The outing started favorably when we found several rare plants blooming on the serpentine, Hesperolinon congestum, Eriogonum luteolum var. caninum, Calamagrostis ophitidis, Calochortus umbellatus, Streptanthus batrachopus and Navarretia rosulata. Other herbaceous species not-so-rare were Clarkia gracilis, Hemizonia congesta var. lutescens , Calystegia collina and Hesperolinon micranthum. The pink honeysuckle vine Lonicera hispidula var. vacillans attracted attention with it’s masses of pink flowers and the shrub Rhododendron occidentale was worth braving the surrounding Toxicodendron diversilobum in order to sniff and sample its perfume.
“Finally we got to near the Cascade Canyon fire-road junction with the Pine Mountain truck road and bush-whacked our way through heavy, scratchy chaparral with poison oak and Sargent cypress to reach the Fremontodendron californicum var. napense population. It looks very different forom the usual horticulturally-selected shrubs. The leaves are much smaller and less hairy and the flowers are smaller too, still it was exciting to finally see our local variety.”
Brad Kelley’s photos of the Marin Fremontodendron.

Silene laciniata ssp.californica
photo by Dave Strauss
May 30, 2009
Dave Strauss reports: “Today I saw an very nice patch of Silene laciniata ssp. californica (Indian Pink) along the Oat Hill fire road. I did not have a decent camera with me, but I took this rather bad photo with my phone. Earlier in the day I saw a fine pair of ospreys guarding their nest near the shore of Kent Lake, along the section of Pine Mtn. Road that dips down to the lake.&quot

Streptanthus niger
photo by Vernon Smith
May 25, 2009
David Herlocker reports: “Streptanthus niger is absolutely exploding at the Vistazo West entrance to Old Saint Hilary’s Open Space Preserve, Tiburon.”

Calochortus tiburonensisphoto by John ConleyCalochortus tiburonensisphoto by John ConleyCalochortus tiburonensisphoto by John Conley
May 18, 2009
John Conley reports: “Calochortus tiburonensis is currently in bloom on Ring Mountain. I saw several plants in bloom yesterday, and many more in bud. The next week or so should see quite a few blooms of this rare plant in the serpentine areas on the North face of the mountain. These photos were taken yesterday (May 17th), during the course of a very warm hike.”

Streptanthus glandulosus on Nicasio Ridgephoto by Doreen SmithStreptanthus glandulosus in Ignaciophoto by Doreen SmithStreptanthus glandulosus ssp. pulchellus on Mt. Tamalpaisphoto by Doreen Smith
Photos by Vernon and Doreen Smith
May 7, 2009
Doreen Smith reports: “Today we “rare plant monitored” on Nicasio Ridge, part of the GGNRA. The pink jewelflower there is very abundant this year. It has been previously identified as Streptanthus glandulosus ssp. pulchellus but differs somewhat in appearance from the Mt. Tamalpais plants. Also present in flower at the site were Castilleja affinis ssp. neglecta, Hesperolinon congestum and Gilia capitata ssp. tomentosa.
“The second Strepanthus pictured here is from near the end of Fairway Drive in Ignacio. This also has been listed as Streptanthus glandulosus ssp. pulchellus but is different again from the classic Mt. Tamalpais form, also pictured here for comparison.
“I checked out the Turtleback trail at China Camp and looked for anything resembling “jewelweed” (see reoprt below) -what it is really is the non-native windmill pink, Silene gallica. Also of note was white-flowered Spergularia villosa in large bunches on the lower-lying parts of the S. side of the hill. The trail had a total of 3 species of weedy Spergularia, the other two are S. salina and S. rubra. The new multi-use trail was being carefully groomed yesterday, but there was much invasive French broom, flowering and fruiting, needing removal.&quot

May 3, 2009
Sue “Mazer” Mace reports: “I just got back from a hike around Turtle Back Nature Trail – China Camp State Historic Park and saw 2 wildflowers I had not seen in previous years. A whitish Delphinium and a white jewelweed. Can you help me ID them and are either of them rare??? (Doreen Smith responds: “The white Delphinium at China Camp is D. variegatum, it is uncommon for it to be in that color but that population has been known since the 1950’s. I have never seen a jewel flower about Turtleback, it is an anomalous site for it to be found . On San Pedro Ridge some is at the top of the hill.”)… Ithuriels spear, cream cups, vetch and pea, goldfields and brass buttons (non-native) are numerous on the trail as well. *Also* – The Loma Alta trail area across from from Big Rock just off of Lucas Valley Road is at peak right now with goldfields, tidy tips, cream cups, balloon clover, tomcat clover, field owls clover, purple sanicle, mule’s-ear sunflowers, Leptosiphon androsaceus, jewelflower, blue dicks, blue eyed grass, California poppy, just to name most of them.&quot

Layia chrysanthemoidesphoto by Doreen SmithTriphysaria versicolor ssp. faucibarbataphoto by Doreen SmithStreptanthus glandulosus ssp. secundusphoto by Doreen Smith
May 2, 2009
Doreen Smith reports: “The beginning of the Loma Alta trail that starts from Big Rock off Lucas Valley Road is awash with color right now. There are the pinks and purples of Leptosiphon androsaceus and yellows of Triphysaria versicolor ssp. faucibarbata and Layia chrysanthemoides.
“Many other species are in just the first few 100 yards up the trail on the serpentine, Trifolium albopurpureum, Lepidium latipes var.latipes, Gilia capitata ssp.capitata, Streptanthus glandulosus ssp. secundus and Hesperolinon congestum to name just a few of them.”

Angel Island post fire 2009smGuillenia lasiophyllaphoto by Vernon SmithGilia achilleifolia
photo by Vernon Smith
Photos by Vernon Smith
April 29, 2009
Doreen Smith reports: “Today Vernon and I checked out Angel island for “fire-following” species. The best places to see the recovering landscape are on the upper SW of the island. There are the perennials that have always been colorful at this time of year, Phacelia californica, Castilleja affinis, Eriophyllum lanatum, and Lupinus albifrons. Maybe the fire burned away competing annual exotics. The most noticeable “new” weed was Trifolium tomentosum all over the fire-road. On the unburned sections there was much weediness, especially Myosotis (blue forget-me-not).
“There were some fire-following annuals Uropappus lindleyi, Microseris douglasii, Guillenia lasiophylla and Gilia achilleifolia, mainly on serpentine . On sandstone were Eschscholzia californica, much Chlorogalum pomeridianum in bud and some Stachys rigida. There had been Toxicoscordion (Zigadenus) fremontii, now in fruit. On the whole – not much in the way of hoped-for special flowers.The native perennial grasses such as Nassella and Melica were doing well. There may be masses of later-blooming species – Chlorogalum, Perideridia and Zauschneria.”

Downingia pulchellaphoto by Vernon SmithHesperevax caulescensphoto by Vernon Smith
Photos by Vernon Smith
April 20, 2009
Doreen Smith reports: “It was a very hot day out at Glide Tule Ranch open house yesterday, but the outing was well attended by CNPs members from several local chapters. The dried vernal pools were full of yellow goldfields, Lasthenia glabrata and white popcorn flower, Plagiobothrys stipitatus, both var. micranthus and var. stipitatus. We did see lots of “woolly starfish”, Hesperevax caulescens, and the rare Astragalus tener var. ferrisiae once thought extinct. On the main area visited Downingia spp. were unfortunately absent this year but on the exit route a fine patch of Downingia pulchella was seen (and photographed ) flowering in abundance.”

April 15, 2009
Sharon Salisbury reports: “Took my first 2009 walk on the Homestead Trail and amongst the many Iris douglasiana, Slim Soloman’s Seal, flax (non-native) and others, there were about 2 dozen Cahochortus umbellatus… mainly along the sides of the left trail at the top of the hill. There were a few on the steep climb up, but not nearly as many as in the past. Don’t know why…too late, too early…but I did notice a lot more high grass that may be hiding a lot of them. “

Hemizonia congesta ssp. lutescensphoto by Doreen SmithLayia platyglossaphoto by Doreen Smith
April 11, 2009
Doreen Smith reports: “I decided not to do the Marin Open Space’s arduous climb up San Geronimo Ridge today, in spite of there being the prospect of fine flowers there and went to the town of Tiburon Open Space at the top of Gilmartin Drive. It was a marvelous expanse of goldfields, tidy tips, cream-cups, owl’s-clover and all those species Sharon Salisbury mentioned in her piece below. In addition, near the Viola pedunculata patch which is on the NW edge of the site, were many plants of the rare Tiburon paintbrush in full bloom, with pale-yellow and pinkish flowers.
“Old St. Hilary’s Preserve had yellow spring tarplant (Hemizonia congesta ssp. lutescens) plus all-yellow tidy-tips (Layia platyglossa) flowers mixed together to make id difficult.The tidytips have a golden disc-flower center, the tarplant has paler disc flowers with black anthers. Near the creek that crosses the Vistazo fire road there is some leggy blue-flowered Phacelia divaricata. This year the black jewel-flowers (Streptanthus niger) will have some record large size individuals when they flower next month.”

April 11, 2009
Sue “Mazer” Mace reports: “The hillsides above Highway 101 and St. Vincents School for Boys is in color right now. Annual lupine, geranium (non-native), buttercup and California poppies en masse.”

Fritillaria affinisphoto by Robert KatzIris douglasianaphoto by Robert Katz




April 6, 2009
Robert Katz reports Fritillaria affinis and Iris douglasiana in bloom “at Redwood and Carson Rd in Woodacre along west Bank of Woodacre Creek upland portion of riparian zone under the 1 mature doug fir near the road. AKA Carson Country (lowlands) as mentioned in the Marin Flora.”

Corallorhiza striata
photo by Peter Denisevich
April 3, 2009
Peter Denisevich reports: ” I found couple of Corallorhiza striata blooming along the Yolanda Trail north of Six Points, MMWD. This doesn’t look like a good year for them, though.”

April 3, 2009
Bob Sills reports: “I took a walk on Mt. Tam today with the Solo Sierrans — Rock Spring, Cataract Trail, Simmons Trail, Laurel Dell Fire Road, Cataract Trail back to Rock Spring. The goal was to find calypso orchids, and they were on all of the trails. In particular, the Laurel Dell Fire Road was lined with them (not densely lined, of course, but with lots of them on both sides). We also saw them along the 75-yard spur to the High Marsh Trail, but that was anticlimactic after all of the other ones we saw.
“Ceanothus jepsonii var. jepsonii is in bloom on serpentine areas of the Simmons Trail between the high point and Barths Retreat. There were lots of other nice flowers too — hounds tongue, baby blue-eye (near Laurel Dell), solomon seal (just below Laurel Dell on Cataract Trail), Indian warrior, bigleaf maple (at Laurel Dell), shooting star (on Cataract Trail, probably near the end of their bloom), popcorn flower, milkmaid, one gooseberry (Cataract Trail, not sure of species), etc. I’m a little surprised at how abundant milkmaids are still.”

Thalictrum polycarpum
photo by Sharon Salisbury
March 31, 2009
Sharon Salisbury reports: ” At Miraflores in Tiburon there are Lupines, Tidytips, Buttercups, Suncups, Viola pedunculata, False Lupine, Blue-eyed Grass, Hog Fennel, Checkerbloom, Blue Dicks, California Phacelia, Yarrow, Shooting Stars, Redmaids and more. The Violas have really expanded their patch from a just a few last year to about 100 plus.
“The Miwok Trail in Mill Valley is bursting with blooming Elderberry, Poppies, Hog Fennel, Yarrow, Goldfields, Oregon Grape (a huge patch mixed with Goldfields is a stunning sight), thousands of Coast Rock Cress, Woodland Star, Morning Glory,
Baby Blue Eyes, Cinquefoil, Checkerbloom, Shooting Stars, Piggyback Plant, Beeplants, Blue-eyed Grass, Castilleja affinis, and a first for me, Meadow Rue (Thalictrum polycarpum), and this was just in the first part of the trail.
“At the Laurel Canyon private road at Nicasio there are red Delphiniums in bloom.”

Calypso bulbosa
photo by Martin Snider
March 30, 2009
Martin Snider contributes photos of Calypso bulbosa takenon Mount Tamalpais on the Benstein trail between Potero Meadow and Rock Spring. “The woods were full of these blooms.”

March 30, 2009
Dave Strauss reports: “I saw Claytonia gypsophiloides in bloom on Sunday in very rocky serpentine soil along the shore of Alpine Lake (Kent trail). It was abundant.”

Sidalcea malvifloraphoto by Carolyn McDadeLupinus nanus  photo by Carolyn McDadeAmsinckia menziesii var. intermediaphoto by Carolyn McDade
March 30, 2009
Niki Beecher and Carolyn McDade report: “We take our dogs walking up at the Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space Preserve several times a week, and have been watching the progression of wildflowers up there. We saw the single biggest Checkerbloom we’ve ever seen, in a little group of them on the left of Ridgewood Fire Road at the Y where it meets up with Sun Valley Trail. There are little “pockets” of Sky Lupine on the open hills of the path going to the Crestwood Drive trailhead, and the hills themselves are still a lucious green…but not for long! The puddles the dogs loved to play in are all dried up, and there’s a hint of yellow in the grasses. Our biggest surprise was a whole FIELD of Fiddlenecks off to the right at the trailhead at Ridgewood Drive, right next to Memorial Trail down to Terra Linda; their bright, cheery little yellow-gold heads bobbing in the sunshine among the green of the (now TALL) grasses is lovely to see. “

March 29, 2009
Dave Strauss reports Calypso bulbosa flowers on the Kent Trail near Alpine Lake.

Fritillaria affinisphoto by Carolyn McDadeDeer Park Lupines  photo by Carolyn McDadeIris douglasianaphoto by Carolyn McDadeCastilleja foliolosa photo by Carolyn McDadeTrifolium willdenovii  photo by Carolyn McDade
March 27, 2009
Niki Beecher and Carolyn McDade report: “We just hiked up out of Deer Park, and the trail back down from Boy Scout Junction to the fire road at Deer Park is ABLAZE with quite a variety of wildflowers. The hills are still green and beautiful, and I, too, am seeing wildflowers late, and in a couple of cases, seeing late blooms of Spring flowers right beside those of warmer weather, i.e., Shooting Stars and Hound’s Tongue right beside Paintbrush!
“We saw some Mission Bells on the wooded trail from Oak Tree Junction going up to Six Points. It’s so sunny and lovely up there, we ran across picnickers under a tree just enjoying the view. I don’t blame them; The Sky Lupin are ablaze on the trail above Hidden Meadow, to the point where they have given the hills a blue-grey cast, something neither my husband nor I have ever seen there before.
“The trail down to Boy Scout Junction, (real steep), has Baby Blue Eyes blooming just at the start of the trail in whole bunches. The first few Iris are further up that trail, some not even open, some fading; more will come as the season progresses, seen tons of them up there.
“The little trail down from Boy Scout Junction back to the fire road out of Deer Park is just rampant with wildflowers. Bees can be heard everywhere, doing their thing, and there’s still a nice breeze this time of year to keep hiking from getting too hot…we saw everything from Blue Dicks to Blue-Eyed Grass, two different Paintbrushes, Buttercups and Tomcat Clover. It’s a splendid example of a whole bunch of species of our locals, and a treat for the eye! I highly recommend anyone to get up there before they’re all gone.
“It’s gorgeous out there, and it won’t last long…the hills are already getting a slightly yellow tint; get out there and enjoy it, our Spring is too short in Marin and if you don’t get there, it’ll be gone!”

March 22, 2009
Doreen Smith reports on Marin CNPS trip to Kirby Cove: “we DID find Piperia sp. orchid leaves but someone will have to go back to see if the plants flower in order to make a determination of the actual species. It was a fine, clear day for the field trip after the storm clouds blew away. We found some colorful flowers, particularly goldfields (Lasthenia californica) early larkspur (Delphinium patens) coast rock cress (Arabis blepharophylla) chia (Salvia columbariae) small gilia (Gilia clivorum), lemon-scented everlasting (Pseudognaphalium biolettii) and 3 species of Lupine. The sky lupines (Lupinus nanus) made sheets of color on the slopes below the fire-road near the west side of the Golden Gate Bridge overlook. Also we added to and updated the plant check-list.

Acer macrophyllum  photo by Sharon SalisburyTrillium ovatumphoto by Sharon Salisbury
March 26, 2009
Sharon Salisbury reports: “Mt. Burdell was a glory yesterday. The vast green bowls, spiked with old oaks, bays and buck-eyes just unfurling their moist green leaves and thousands of wildflowers pooling and winding through the emerald grass, bluebirds hovering over the grass looking for food made for a spectacular afternoon. Thousands of Poppies, Popcorn flowers, Checker blooms, Blue Dicks, Fiddlenecks, Suncups, Buttercups, Shooting Stars, Purple Sanicle, Lupines, Small-headed Clover, Erodiums and Geraniums (sorry, didn’t take my flower book) and many more I couldn’t ID. The vernal pool is the fullest I have seen… couldn’t even walk around it and the many streams were still running tunefully beside us as we hiked. The Maple’s tender green leaves unpleating from the pink wood were stunning. On Old RR Grade in Mill Valley where the largest number of Mission Bells I have ever seen are still blooming along with Trillium ovatum, Fairy Bells and Slim Solomon’s Seal.”

Dichelostemma capitatumphoto by John ConleyCalypsophoto by John ConleyToxicoscordionphoto by John ConleyNemophilaphoto by John Conley
March 23, 2009
John Conley reports: “was a spectacular day for hiking on Mt. Tamalpais, with plenty of sun, a cool breeze, and verdant hills everywhere one looked. Our wildflower bloom seems a bit late to me, compared to some past years. Perhaps our dry January is responsible. In any case, I was surprised not to see some of the blooms I had expected: Red Larkspur was only in bud at one spot, and nowhere in bloom along the Matt Davis, Coast, and Cataract trails; just a couple of Blue-Eyed Grass blossoms were seen; Coral Root Orchids (striped or spotted) were scarce or non-existent in places that I am used to enjoying them at this time of year; even Checkerbloom was just beginning to flower. The Mission Bells also seem late; I found only a few in bloom, with very small flowers. On the other hand, Blue Dicks are beginning to bloom, and the Calypso Orchids are blooming under the Douglas Firs near Pantoll and Rock Spring (although the flowers are small this year, and the early blooms are not profuse). The Star Lilies ( formerly Zigadenus — now Toxicoscordion — fremontii according to Doreen’s earlier note) are beginning to fade a bit. Baby Blue Eyes are blooming on the Coast Trail, as is a bit of Popcorn Flower, a very few Amsinckia sp., some California Poppies, lots of Buttercups, and fading Milkmaids.

March 21, 2009
Lamorna Brown Swigart reports Fritillaria affinis “is blooming in Cascade Canyon open space, in at least two place along side the Carey Camp loop trail.”

March 14, 2009
Sharon Salisbury reports: “Found a new wildflower area to me. We hiked up the Blithedale Ridge where there were stunning far-away views of Mill Valley and closer views of Star Lilies, Grass Iris, Douglas Iris, Suncups, Buttercups, Wild cucumber, either Hog Fennel or Spring Gold…moving fast, and poppies all poised in beautiful settings on bright green grass under large budding oaks, and fallen logs and rocks. So picturesque.The late afternoon light turns this into a fairyland. Then we heard about the trilliums on the Maytag trail that connects the ridge with the Warner Falls trails and saw thousands of trilliums, FAT (fetid adders-tongue) leaves, Wild Cucumbers, Hounds Tongues, Slim Solomon’s Seal, Indian Warriors, Checker Lilies and the tiny, unpleating, soft green leaves of the Hazelnut. “

March 10, 2009
Ed Ricketts, Jr. reports: blooming on the Coastal Trail, Marin Headlands, near intersection of Conzelman Rd and McCullough Rd.: Aquilegia formosa (Red Columbine), Arabis blepharophylla (Coast Rock-cress), Cardamine californica (Woodland Milk-maids), Marah fabaceus (Manroot), and Vaccinium ovatum (Huckleberry).

March 9, 2009
Doreen Smith reports: “This Sunday’s outing was a co-field trip to Mt. Tamalpais’ Rock Spring and Bolinas Ridge with the Santa Clara Valley Chapter.They turned out about 30 members strong with a smaller addition of East Bay Chapter people.
“The pink fairy-slipper calypso orchids are at the beginning of their season, so anyone who wants to see them can find them this month under Douglas’-fir in the forested areas near the Rock Spring parking lot.
“Along the Bolinas Ridge fire-road north of the junction with the (re-opened) Fairfax-Bolinas Road we found flowering Scoliopus bigelovii, Trillium ovatum, Viola sempervirens, Arctostaphylos nummularia ssp. sensitiva, Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp. glandulosa, Arctostaphylos virgata, and Ceanothus foliosus var. foliosus. The rarer Ceanothus spp. – C. masonii and C. gloriosus var. exaltatus were still in bud.
“The circum-East Peak summit of Mt. Tamalpais was great with the abundantly-flowering white Arctostaphylos glandulosa and pink A. canescens ssp. canescens. On a clear day the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada are just visible.”

California Poppyphoto by Sarah MinnickFritillaria affinisphoto by Sarah Minnick
March 7, 2009
Sarah Minnick reports: Beginning to bloom on either the Chimney Rock Trail or near the Light House at Point Reyes National Seashore:
Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja sp.)
Seaside Daisy (Erigeron glaucus)
Checkerbloom (Sidalcea malviflora)
Douglas’ Iris (Iris douglasiana)
Coast Fiddleneck (Amsinckia spectabilis)
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
California Buttercup (Ranunculus californicus)
Footsteps of Spring (Sanicula arctopoides)
Field Chickweed (Cerastium arvense)
Wallflower (Erysimum menziesii ssp. concinnum)
Wild Cucumber (Marah fabaceus)
Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)
Baby Blue-Eyes (Nemophila menziesii var. atomaria)
California Blackberry (Rubus ursinus)
Dog Violet (Viola adunca)

Fritillaria affinis
photo by Robert Katz
March 1, 2009
Robert Katz sends photo (taken last year) of Fritillaria affinis from ” redwood and carson rd in woodacre along west side of woodacre creek upland portion of riparian zone under the 1 mature doug fir near the road.”

Deer Park Lupinephoto by Peter DenisevichDelphinium nudicaulephoto by Peter Denisevich
February 27, 2009
Peter Denisevich reports “on the trails above Deer Park in Fairfax a large Lupinus albifrons has been blooming for a couple of weeks. Also canyon larkspur (Delphinium nudicaule) is blooming brightly on the cliff below the Yolanda Trail. Fritillaria affinis buds are just about to open in many spots around here.”

February 26, 2009
Sharon Salisbury reports: ” Not seen many reports. Guess nobody gets out in this rain. I hiked up Old RR Grade in Mill Valley today and stopped counting Mission Bells (Fritillaria affinis) when I reached 100. A few Trillium ovatum, Star Lilies and hundreds of Milkmaids.”

February 19, 2009
Doreen Smith reports what was up at Chimney Rock.

Mount Burdellphoto by Doreen SmithFritillaria liliaceaphoto by Doreen Smith
February 10, 2009
Doreen Smith reports: “Today I went to see how the Fritillaria liliacea is doing on Mt. Burdell. The eastern population off Simmons Lane is doing fine but the western one above San Mateo Ct. is sparse and many cows are already on the site to eat and trample them.
“The uneaten poisonous Zigadenes (now Toxicoscordion fremontii!) are making a fine display on the south slopes of Mt Burdell at the N. end of Simmons Lane and between the San Carlos and San Mateo gates to the open space “preserve”. Lemon-yellow sticky-seed, Blennosperma nanum, thrives in the grazed area too, while some early goldfields, Lasthenia californica, are flowering in the fenced-off portion.”

February 9, 2009
Doreen Smith reports: “Along Shoreline Highway 1 N. of Stinson and S. of the Bolinas junction there were many patches of the bright orange marigold flower, Calendula arvensis, bunches of the orange Chasmanthe sp., and yellow Bermuda buttercup, Oxalis pes-caprae, they are all non-natives . There were some early Ca. natives, however, Calystegia purpurata, Lathyrus vestitus, Cardamine californica, Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana and a few Grindelia sp.”

February 6, 2009
Sharon Salisbury reports: “On the Homestead Trail in Mill Valley, the Fetid Adder’s Tongues are back in their usual place with about 50+ plants. Also many Hounds Tongues and a few Trillium ovatum, Milkmaids, a few Mission Bells and several Indian Warriors. Loved the photos on the last post.”

Spotted Coral Rootphoto by Joseph SkornickaStar Liliesphoto by Joseph SkornickaGround Irisphoto by Joseph SkornickaTrillium ovatumphoto by Joseph SkornickaFetid Adders Tonguephoto by Joseph Skornicka




February 3, 2009
Wendy Dreskin reports: ” I saw the first Spotted coralroots I’ve seen this year on the Dipsea Trail above Muir Woods. Lots of star lilies and ground iris as well. One Trillium ovatum in bloom on Ben Johnson Trail with more to come. Some fetid adder’s tongue in full bloom, some already gone to seed. Shooting stars and CA saxifrage are in bloom at Indian Tree Open Space.”

February 2, 2009
Doreen Smith reports: “Yesterday the Marin CNPS hike to Cataract Gulch also included a brief foray along the Alpine Dam to Kent Lake Pump fire road because the Bolinas – Fairfax road is closed to all vehicles at the Cataract Gulch trailhead. The waterfalls were disappointing so far this season because of the record- low January rainfall. The level of Alpine Lake reservoir is way-down.
“There were plenty ferns, vanilla grass and the small, brown- striped lily, fetid adders-tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii). We found several milkmaids flowering (Cardamine californica) one hound’s-tongue (Cynoglossum grande) one spring-gold (Lomatium utriculatum) and buds of California saxifrage (Saxifraga californica). The most unusual plant was (in up-to-date taxonomy) Synthyris cordata (Plantaginaceae) here at it’s southern limit. The leaf rosettes had buds but as yet no open flowers.”

Marah fabaceus
photo by John Conley
January 31, 2009
John Conley reports: “There are a few more Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana) in bloom along the shores of Drake’s Bay and the California Buttercup (Ranunculus californicus) blooms are also just beginning to multiply there. The Wild Cucumber (Marah fabaceus), aka “Manroot”, is blooming in abundance at several spots along Drake’s Estero. This perennial is often less noted than many showier, more colorful, Spring blooms in our area — but it always says “Spring” to me, and I love seeing it at this time of year.”

January 30, 2009
Sharon Salisbury reports: ” Nothing new except venue…lots of Hound’s Tongues and Milk Maids on Escalon Fire Rd. in Mill Valley and hundreds of Fetid Adder’s Tongues in full bloom at Cascade waterfall, many around the parking lot and more further up the trail. I am getting worried as this seems early for Hound’s Tongue and I just heard we are in for the worst drought in the state’s history. What next…locust?”

January 25, 2009
Mark from the Point Reyes Habitat Restoration Program reports: “One new and 10 returning volunteers went out to the Estero Hill site. After sweeping the primary site, our group split into two teams – one of four hopping the fence to continue up the ridge and the remaining seven moving across the drainage over to the next hillside. All told, we covered slightly more than 8 acres, removing 1280 broom plants. Most of this area seems now to be clear and can probably be maintained by annual small group sweeps.
“Early wildflowers were present throughout the site, with Douglas iris, California buttercups, footsteps of spring, Indian paintbrush and violas all showing color. “

Arctostaphylos glandulosaphoto by Amelia RyanAlnus rhombifoliaphoto by Amelia Ryan
January 25, 2009
Amelia Ryan reports: “on Mt. Tam’s East Peak Arctostaphylos glandulosa is just starting to come into bloom. An Arctostaphylos hookeri ssp. montana in the parking lot is just coming into bud, whereas a nearby A. canescens ssp. canescens was nearing the end of its bloom. Several Castilleja foliolosa were also already flowering as were a couple Ceanothus foliosus. &quot

January 25, 2009
Terry Sullivan reports: “…some native flowers we saw in the Marin Headlands on our mushroom hike yesterday: Buttercups, milkmaids, blue-eyed grass, footsteps-to-spring, Indian cucumber, twinberry, strawberry, blue dicks.”

Cynoglossum grandephoto by John ConleyScoliopus bigeloviiphoto by John Conley
January 25, 2009
John Conley reports: “I hiked the Steep Ravine/Dipsea trail loop very early yesterday morning — with a little side trip along the Matt Davis trail west of Pantoll. It rained from time to time, and that added to my pleasure. There are a few California Buttercups in full bloom where the Steep Ravine trail meets Highway 1, and there is quite a bit of Lomatium sp. (Hog Fennel) in bloom on the hills just east of Highway 1 (above the Steep Ravine cabins).
“Hound’s Tongue (Cynoglossum grande) has begun to bloom at the top of the Steep Ravine trail as well as along the Old Mine trail (currently closed for the season, but one can see the flowers from the service road that runs just above the trail). Milkmaids (Cardamine californica) are in bloom on the lower elevations of the trail, and the Scoliopus bigelovii (Fetid Adder’s Tongue) is blooming just a few hundred feet above the ladder on Steep Ravine trail.”

Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosumphoto by Doreen SmithArctostaphylos virgataphoto by Vernon and Doreen Smith
January 21, 2009
Doreen Smith reports: “The hike to Tomales Bay State Park last Sunday to check out mushrooms went off very well and the weather was glorious. Brad. Kelley deputized admirably for Joe Kohn who is unwell. The pink flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum) was just starting to bloom .The rare Marin manzanita (Arctostaphylos virgata) was in full bloom but the blossoms were small and drying up.”

January 19, 2009
Robert Hall reports: “while on a bike ride in China Camp SP, I saw Milk Maids sprinkled everywhere. A few sections of the park also had Indian Warriors in bloom.”

January 13, 2009
Wendy Dreskin reports: “Hound’s tongue in bloom on the Yolanda trail and Taylor Trail. Indian warrior in bloom in Elliott Nature Preserve in Fairfax and on Repack Fire Rd.”

Iris douglasiana
photo by John Conley
January 4, 2009
John Conley reports: “I hiked at Point Reyes yesterday and enjoyed seeing a single Douglas Iris in full bloom, near the pond east of the parking area at Drake’s Beach. It was right in the middle of a cow path, yet had somehow survived the trampling hooves and managed to beat its relatives into bloom. The bloom was at ground level, with almost no stalk; perhaps that’s how it’s survived (so far). Buttercups are blooming on the Chimney Rock peninsula.”


Past Wildflower Reports

2010 Wildflower Reports

December 12, 2010
Bob Sills reports: “I saw a single Fetid Adderstongue (Scoliopus bigelovii) in bloom today in Muir Woods, 160 feet downstream of the Fern Canyon junction.”

Ludwigia peploidesphoto by Vernon SmithPetunia parvifloraphoto by Vernon SmithCuscuta campestrisphoto by Vernon SmithPersicaria maculosaphoto by Vernon SmithPersicaria hydropiperoidesphoto by Vernon Smith
November 7, 2010
Doreen Smith reports: “These are Vernon’s photos of wildflowers found still blooming last week on the north-eastern shores of Stafford Lake reservoir, Novato:” Ludwigia peploides, Petunia parviflora, Cuscuta campestris, Persicaria maculosa, and Persicaria hydropiperoides

Lilaeopsis occidentalisphoto by Doreen SmithHydrocotyle verticillata thumbIsolepis cernuaphoto by Doreen SmithJuncus phaeocephalus thumb
September 5, 2010
Doreen Smith reports: “We had a foggy day out at Abbotts Lagoon for my hike yesterday, but this helped the photographers get good images, there was no glare. Many plants were still in bloom – or some just starting to flower. The obscure species of the drying flats at the north end of the brackish lagoon are featured here, some, like the false flowering quillwort, Lilaeopsis occidentalis, have flowers only about 1 mm in diameter. It is related to the similarly small-flowered water pennywort, Hydrocotyle verticillata.”

Ceanothus thyrsiflorusphoto by Vernon SmithPiperia elongataphoto by Vernon Smith
August 22, 2010
Doreen Smith reports: from Brad’s field trip to the Jepson Loop, Tomales Bay State Park. “It was a fine day with no fog and clear views! Lots of huckleberries about to eat and other native fruits to see ripening on the bushes including woodland rose, thimbleberry, coffeeberry, salal and the spiny Menzies’ gooseberries. The poison oak was providing lots of red pre-fall color.
“Still in flower were yerba buena (Clinopodium douglasii), coast daisy (Corethrogyne filaginifolia), pink honeysuckle (Lonicera hispidula), harebell (Campanula californica), morning-glory vine (Calystegia purpurata), even one blueblossom bush (Ceanothus thyrsiflorus) at the upper picnic ground, overlooking Heart’s Desire beach. We added two orchid species to the plant list: Piperia elongata and a Corallorhiza in fruit, so we’re not sure which species it is.”

Madia elegans
photo by Dave Strauss
August 16, 2010
Dave Strauss reports: “I saw this flower near Brown Bridge in Fairfax. I’ve never seen it before.”
Doreen Smith contributes: “This patch of “common madia” (Madia elegans) has been flowering since spring, a fine vigorous Ca. native Composite. More can be seen opposite the Big Rock on Lucas Valley Road, it often occurs on serpentine.The flowerheads are open in the am, close up in the afternoon.”

Clarkia rubicundaphoto by Doreen SmithPiperia transversaphoto by Doreen SmithPerideridia gairdneriphoto by Doreen Smith
July 31, 2010
Doreen Smith reports: “Dabney’s field trip around Lake Lagunitas today was well-attended. There were even some late blooming wildflowers as well as various seeds and berries. We saw the delicate pink Clarkia rubicunda, the Mt. Tamalpais forma with very little red in the center of the petals, Campanula prenanthoides, Piperia transversa and Perideridia gairdneri. We also saw a rare bird, a green heron.”

Cordylanthus maritimus palustris Lim thumbCastilleja ambigua ssp. ambiguaphoto by Doreen SmithPolygonum marinensephoto by Doreen Smith
July 30, 2010
Doreen Smith reports: “Last week I went to Limantour to check out the effects of the various re-construction works have had on the marshes and there were lots of spp. blooming still. Among them the rare saltmarsh plants Pt. Reyes birds-beak (Cordylanthus maritimus ssp. palustris) and variable owl’s-clover (Castilleja ambigua ssp. ambigua). I also found what is perhaps a new population of the enigmatic Marin knotweed (Polygonum marinense).
“Other species in the area were 4 yellow Lotus spp. (birds-foot trefoils) 3 native and 1 introduced, and the aromatic tarplant (Deinandra corymbosa). I got reports of rein orchid (Piperia elegans ssp. elegans) on the beginning of path along the sandspit.
“The coast tarplant (Hemizonia congesta) grows by the roadside on the way to Limantour parking lot , it is lemon-yellow here rather than the more inland golden-yellow version.”

Lilium pardalinum thumbSilene californica  01 thumb
July 17, 2010
Dave Strauss reports: “Today we saw spectacular collections of blooming Aquilegia eximia, Aquilegia formosa, Lilium pardalinum, and Silene californica, all close together not far from where where Big Carson creek crosses Pine Mountain fire road near Kent Lake.
“I’ve biked along this fire road in all seasons for at least 17 years and have never seen such an abundant display before. It was amazing.”

July 10, 2010
Alexandra Fraser reports: “It is a fantastic time for late season wildflowers and I saw many species today on my hike through MMWD lands. I wish I’d kept better notes but it was a social hike with non-botanists and a beagle in tow, so I was not able to really hunt for wildflowers in the nooks and crannies. Botanical highlights included Piperia transversa along the shores of Alpine Lake on the Helen Markt Trail, Lilium pardalinum on the southern end of Cataract Trail, and Calachortus luteus in the grasslands especially at Potrero Meadow.”

Clarkia concinnaphoto by Rick WachsLilium pardalinumphoto by Rick WachsPiperia transversaphoto by Rick WachsAntirrhinum vexillo-calyculatumphoto by Rick WachsMimulus cardinalisphoto by Rick WachsSilene californicaphoto by Rick Wachs
June 27,2010
Rick Wachs reports: “A few of my favorite recently sighted flowers:
Clarkia concinna – Big Carson Creek
Lilium pardalinum – Liberty Gulch Trail
Piperia transversa – Pine Mountain Fire Road
Antirrhinum vexillo-calyculatum – Bolinas Fairfax Road near Sky Oaks turn-off
Mimulus cardinalis – Creek along Pine Mountain Road
Silene californica – San Geronimo Ridge Road”

Horkelia tenuilobaphoto by Vernon SmithHorkelia tenuilobaphoto by Vernon Smith
June 6, 2010
Doreen Smith reports: “Because of wet and foggy weather I nearly didn’t do my walk on Friday 4th June to look for Gnome Plants (Hemitomes congestum). They usually grow under coast redwoods near the lower part of the fire roads where the Gravity Car grade meets the Double Bowknot .This loop -upon -loop of track was once was the railroad bed for the train that carried tourists up Mt. Tamalpais from Mill Valley. Alice Eastwood used to take Botany visitors to Cal. Academy of Sciences up the mountain by this route.
“Unfortunately we drew a blank on “Gnomes” but did find lots of the rare Santa Rosa Horkelia, Horkelia tenuiloba. The plant was in full flower. It has a very prostrate mat-like habit and grows on the margins of the trail. Also many are in the cleared flat protected by the sit-upon pine log barrier.We counted them for a report to CNDDB – doing the best we could for estimations of numbers of such a rhizomatous clone-making plant.”

Clematis lasianthaphoto by Peter DenisevichPickeringia montanaphoto by Peter DenisevichRhododendron occidentalephoto by Peter DenisevichPickeringia montanaphoto by Peter Denisevich
May 30, 2010
Peter Denisevich reports: “Just a couple of warm days and things at Carson Falls, MMWD are moving rapidly toward summer: the Clematis lasiantha that was in bloom on 4/18 is even more striking “in seed”. The azaleas (Rhododendron occidentale) and the chaparral pea (Pickeringia montana) are starting to bloom and the dry, rocky slopes are covered with sickle-leaf onion (Allium falcifolium) blooms. Still plenty of clarkia, checkerblooms, and poppies in the grassy meadows.”

Castilleja ambigua ssp. ambiguaphoto by Vernon SmithSidalcea calycosa ssp. calycosaphoto by Doreen Smith
May 25, 2010
Doreen Smith reports: “…on some special flowers now in flower at Lagunitas Meadows, Sky Oaks MMWD above Fairfax. I went there on Monday with Celia Zavatsky of the East Bay CNPS Chapter.
“These seasonally-wet flatlands host several special plants. Castilleja ambigua ssp. ambigua, Calochortus uniflorus, Trifolium variegatum var. major, Sidalcea calycosa ssp. calycosa (near the dump entrance) and Gratiola ebracteata. You can also see leaves of Perideridia gairdneri and buds of Spiranthes porrifolia. The latter are easily crushed and care must be taken if you visit to not to step on them. They are on a deer-trail near the road near some Deschampsia caespitosa clumps and are marked by pine twigs.”

Navarretia pubescens.jpgphoto by Doreen SmithNavarretia leucocephala ssp. bakeriphoto by Doreen Smith
May 25, 2010
Doreen Smith reports: “We were lucky to have a marvelously clear, bright sunny day for the Mt. Burdell/ Hidden Lake hike last weekend. After taking a indirect route uphill to see 3 species of orchids, two of which were in flower, some blue Navarretia pubescens, pink Zeltnera davyi, pink and red Clarkia gracilis ssp. sonomensis, and a few minute yellow Leptosiphon acicularis we wound up at the Hidden Lake by lunchtime.
“There were masses of the rare white Navarretia leucocephala ssp. bakeri on the margins of the pool! Unfortunately the whole site is being invaded by the European weed, Mentha pulegium. Several of us pulled out some of those plants but it would require a lot more work to make a dent in the population.”

Amorpha californica
photo by Doreen Smith
May 22, 2010
Doreen Smith reports: “The hike to Alpine Dam 19th May was interesting for forest species. Amongst other flowering plants like Vancouveria planipetala, anomalous Leptosiphon sp. and Clintonia andrewsiana we saw Amorpha californica, the rare shrub that has only one petal on each flower.”

May 8, 2010
Sharon Salisbury reports: “Went up to Rush Creek in Novato to look for birds but also found a stunning display of Linanthus (/Leptosiphon) parviflorus, Collinsia heterophylla (thousands), Scrophularia and Trifolium willdenovii. Also many bushes that at first I didn’t recognize, then thought I did and that they were Wood Roses, but back at home realized they had no thorns. Bright pink buds at the tips of the stems and opposite, smooth leaves. The Linanthus and the Chinese Houses are worth a trip alone. Due to painful knees I only walked a little ways down but sure there are more surprises if one continued on to the end. …Just figured out my mystery shrub…Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus). I knew the plant looked sooo familiar but guess I have only seen it with and never seen the flowers. How cool.”

May 1, 2010
Sharon Salisbury reports: “Today a friend and I went to Lagunitas Lake to bird but found more flowers. The best were Cream Cups (which I hadn’t seen for so long I didn’t recognize them), Delphinium patens, Woodland Stars, Viola ocellata (first for moi) and the delightful (ahem) Suksdorf romanzoffia. We practiced saying that all the way back to the car and I still forgot it. Lots of owl, balloon clovers and other, buttercups, lupines, poppies, Star flowers, Fairy bells, one Castilleja (too far up to id.) etc. But the west-facing slope with the great water weeping, sun-storing rocks was an enchanted garden. Lots of the Sr and where all the delphiniums, cream cups and masses of what I think were Pacific Sedum…a glorious sight with their red stems, flat rosette leaves and bright yellow flowers. Really not a bad way to spend a spring day.”

April 26, 2010
Sharon Salisbury reports: “Found one Striped Coral Root in the woods off the Escalon Fire Trail.”

Happy Crew at Nicasio
photo by Doreen Smith
April 26, 2010
Michael Chassé reports: “It has been a glorious April, with spectacular blooms throughout the Golden Gate National Parks. Our April 15th trip to Nicasio Ridge was an especially satisfying treat, where we saw dozens of native plants in bloom including the endangered Tiburon Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis ssp. neglecta). May promises to be another fantastic month of rare plant treasure hunting.”

Streptanthus glandulosus ssp. secundus
photo by Peter Denisevich
April 25, 2010
Peter Denisevich reports: “Streptanthus glandulosus ssp. secundus among the rocks (and in the middle of the trail!) between Deer Park and Worn Spring Rd.”

April 23, 2010
Doreen Smith reports: “We were at Chimney Rock today in preparation for the “Birding Festival” wildflower hikes and still managed to add a few spp. The flowers were really good out on the extreme end of the point. Triphysaria floribunda, San Francisco Owl’-clover has done particularly well this year. Unfortunately on the educational poster at the beginning of the trail it is mis-identified as Triphysaria eriantha. updated Chimney Rock plant list
“Also we did a pre-trip to Abbotts Lagoon. Water levels were unusually high in both lagoons. The flowers were good there too, the rare Layia carnosa and Lupinus tidestromii both were flowering out in the dunes area. Visitors are asked to be particularly careful where they go on the beach now the snowy plovers are nesting.”

Clematis lasiantha
photo by Peter Denisevich
April 18, 2010
Peter Denisevich reports: “Clematis lasiantha climbing on the rocks at Little Carson Falls, MMWD (See the frogs, too.) Also Calochortus umbellatus blooming profusely on serpentinite between the Falls and Oat Hill Rd.”

Triphysaria floribundaphoto by Doreen SmithTriphysaria versicolorphoto by Doreen SmithTriphysaria versicolorphoto by Doreen SmithTriphysaria eriantha ssp. roseaphoto by Doreen Smith
April 17, 2010
Doreen Smith reports: “The various “larger flowered” (i.e. compared with T. pusilla) Marin Triphysaria spp. have often been confused on Pt. Reyes, these pix show the differences.”

Nicasio Highlands
photo by Doreen Smith
April 15, 2010
Doreen Smith reports: “We (the Rare Plant Monitoring led by Michael Chassé) went up on the Nicasio Ridge (GGNRA) today to monitor Castilleja afffinis ssp. neglecta and Fritillaria liliacea. I have updated the plant list. It was a mass of mainly goldfields and Blennosperma nanum (yellow Compositae.) but many other spp. were flowering as as well. “

March 31, 2010
Sharon Salisbury reports: “At very far end of Ring Mountain thousands of flowers are just starting to show. There were poppies, lupines, Tidytips, Goldfields(gazillions), False Lupines, Oakland star tulips, Douglas Iris, Grass Iris, Blue-eyed grass, Bush Monkey flower, Spring-gold, Snakeroot, Purple Sanicle. Yarrow, California Phacelia, Shooting Stars, Bluedicks, and one lone flower that looked like a jewel flower to me. Have to go back soon and take a photo. Also seeing hundreds of Slim and Fat Soloman’s Seals, Fairy Bells, Star Flowers, Red Bead Lily, Mission Bells and more that I can’t recall. Really beautiful spring that should keep on giving with all of this rain.”

Fritillaria affinisphoto by James SpragueCalochortus umbellatusphoto by James Sprague
March 22, 2010
Jim Sprague reports: “Saw a whole bunch of Mission Bells Fritillaria affinis blooming on the Bootjack Trail out of Muir Woods in between the Bridge and the Meadow. Also tons of Oakland star tulip Calochortus umbellatus in the grassy meadows on The Dip Sea Trail between Pan Toll Ranger Station and Muir Woods.”

Calypso bulbosaphoto by Mark PhaganCynoglossum grandephoto by Mark PhaganClaytonia perfoliataphoto by Mark PhaganDodecatheon hendersoniiphoto by Mark Phagan
March 21, 2010
Mark Phagan reports: “I was hiking up on Mount Tam today, along Old Mine Trail. I saw a variety of flowers. Wildflowers sited were Fairy Slipper Orchids, Hounds Tongue, Miners’ lettuce, Popcorn flower and Shootingstars.”

March 6, 2010
Brandon Andre reports:”There are a handfull of really nice specimens of Fritillaria affinis var. tristulis peaking along the downhill side of the trail to the elephant seal viewing area at the Chimney Rock TH. I did not see any out at Chimney Rock, but they may very well be flowering out there….the ones I just mentioned were the first I had ever seen and it was not until I finally spotted those that I realized how hard they are to see!
“There are many beautiful Iris, Checkerbloom, Nemophila menziesii var. atomaria, Erysimum menziesii var. concinnum flowering all over the Chimney Rock area. There were also a few flowering Delphinium decorum ssp. decorum new the elephant seal viewing area and all the way out at the end of the Chimney Rock Trail.”

Indian Warrior
photo by James Sprague
March 5, 2010
James Sprague reports:”Indian warriors are blooming on the Nora Trail between West Point Inn and The Matt Davis Trail. Also tons of calypso orchids on the Steep Ravine Trail near the Pan Toll Parking lot.”

February 22, 2010
Jim Gratiot reports “Mimulus douglasii, purple mouse ears, are blooming on Mt Burdell.”

February 22, 2010
Christopher Moore reports “Friends and I spotted one small, sodden (but fully bloomed) Calypso bulbosa alongside the TCC trail, about half way between Van Wyck meadow and the the Dipsea junction, on Sunday February 21, 2010. That seems early to me.”

February 21, 2010
Sharon Salisbury reports “On the Warner Canyon Falls trail in Mill Valley there were hundreds of Fetid Adder’s Tongue, many still in bloom, Fairy Bells, Huckleberry, Hound’s Tongue, Trillium ovatum and some Mission Bells about to burst open. At the Blackstone Canyon Trail (made-up name as I don’t know the real name) in Novato, there were a gazillion Milk Maids, many Buttercups, and on one slope a purple haze of Shooting Stars. ..hundreds of them with a few Buttercups just for an accent. There were also some lovely little white flowers, five petals with tiny red stripes on each petal.”

Viola sempervirensphoto by Vernon SmithViola glabellaphoto by Vernon SmithDirca occidentalisphoto by Vernon Smith
February 21, 2010
Doreen Smith reports: “A brief report from last Wednesday’s Dirca occidentalis, western leatherwood, monitoring effort at Samuel P. Taylor State Park’s cross-Marin trail. Brad Kelley and Vernon Smith took the long trail from Shafter Bridge to Platform Bridge and saw no Dirca at all, but one patch of the rare bottle-brush grass, Elymus californicus. The others, led by [me], took the path to Stairstep Falls from the Devil’s Gulch trailhead to be sure of actually seeing flowering Dirca occidentalis. We also saw some fine Trillium ovatum, wakerobin, in bloom and one Calypso orchid. The pictures of the yellow violets and Dirca were taken by Vernon. The large-fleshy-leaved one is streamside violet, V. glabella (The Jepson Online Interchange has an inaccurate picture of another sp. of violet, maybe V. purpurea, to illustrate this taxon!). The evergreen one with smaller leaves is redwood violet, V. sempervirens.”

Castilleja foliolosa
photo by Dave Strauss
February 20, 2010
Dave Strauss reports “I saw Zigadenus fremontii in large numbers – just starting to bloom – above the fire house on Throckmorton Ridge, lots of Cynoglossum grande in bloom around Sky Oaks, abundant Pedicularis densiflora along trails through the chapperal above Mt. Home Inn. Castilleja foliolosa… photo taken along Gravity Car.”

February 16, 2010
Michael Chassé reports: “Last week’s trip to Bolinas Ridge was a slightly foggy but spectacular hike along the ridge trail, where we recorded multiple individuals of Arctostaphylos virgata on the GGNRA side. We also got a good look at Ceanothus masonii, Ceanothus gloriosus var. exaltatus, and plants that seem intermediate between the two. Thanks to Doreen Smith, Neal Kramer, and Brad Kelley for joining.”

Arctostaphylos virgata
photo by Neal Kramer
February 14, 2010
Doreen Smith reports: “On our rare plant monitoring trip to Bolinas Ridge on Thursday last the views were marvelous and the rare Marin manzanita, Arctostaphylos virgata, was in peak bloom. [Here is a] picture Neal Kramer took of the group with the finest specimen we found of the Marin manzanita. This species can also be found in bloom on Pt. Reyes.”

February 7, 2010
Eva Buxton reports: “On the CNPS hike to Cascade Falls today, we saw California pipevine (Aristolochia californica), a widespread but uncommon plant in Marin. Brad Kelley sent an article reminding me of its pollination by fungus gnats, which are attracted to the flower that emits a foul odor. The gnats enter the “bowl” of the pipe and get trapped for a long enough time to increase the chance of pollination. The flowers form tiny pipes less than a cm before the leaves appear and then continue to grow to a size of 2 – 4 cm. “

February 7, 2010
Wendy Dreskin reports: ” Junior Botanist Trevor found Indian Warriors at Cascade Canyon on January 28. He also found Sanicula laciniata at Lake Lagunitas on February 4.”

February 3, 2010
Sharon Salisbury reports “Today at Homestead were Hound’s Tongues, Trillium ovatum, hundreds of Fetid-Adder’s Tongues, Milkmaids (everywhere). On the firetrail behind the golf course in MV there were Zigadene Liles just about to burst last week…2 weeks ago in the Marin Headlands I saw Wall Flowers, Indian paintbrush, Monkey flowers, California poppies and Foot-steps-to-spring.

January 23, 2010
Bob Sills reports: “Today I saw a lone Trillium ovatum in bloom (although the flower was folded up) in Muir Woods. I also saw a few milkmaids…”

Blennosperma nanaphoto by Doreen SmithNemophila menziesiiAloe arborea
January 18, 2010
Doreen Smith reports: “Vernon and I did some hiking on the weekend to see early flowers before the forecast rainstorms. Mt. Burdell lower slopes: the peppercress, little Blennospermas and Star-lily Zigadenes are starting to bloom. There are a few goldfields in the fenced-off area west of the San Carlos Dr. gate. Pt. Reyes Lighthouse: some baby-blue-eyes, a few giant goldfields and small goldfields, salal, milkmaids, and grindelia can be seen. A red-flowering Aloe, left from a light-house-keepers garden, hangs on to the cliffs.”

Sydney and Grace
January 16, 2010
Wendy Dreskin reports: “St. Rita Junior Botanists Sydney and Grace found and identified the first buttercup on the hill behind their school on January 15. Last year students didn’t see the first one until February 1! “

January 14, 2010
Faith Brown reports: “Hundreds of Indian Warriors (Pedicularis densiflora) on the Wood Oaks Trail off N. San Pedro Road. Some in full bloom, others not open or just popping up.”

January 12, 2010
Wendy Dreskin reports: “Saw the first shooting star of the year on High Water Trail at Cascade Canyon Open Space and two hound’s tongues in bloom at the lower end of Repack. (There’s no trail sign saying Repack, turn left at the bridge.) Lots of Indian warrior in bloom as well!

January 9, 2010
Amelia Ryan reports: “More than a dozen Hound’s tongue (Cynoglossum grande) in bloom already at the Tiburon Uplands Preserve. I also saw a few Indian warriors (Pedicularis densiflora) and a milkmaid (Cardamine californica) in bloom and a death camas in bud. Sadly, I neglected to bring my camera.”

Garrya elliptica
photo by Dean KelchArctostaphylos canescens
photo by Dean Kelch
January 3, 2010
Dean Kelch reports: “Garrya elliptica and Arctostaphylos canescens in full flower on the trail between Mt Theater and West Point Inn on Mt Tamalpais. A. nummularia was flowering along the Matt Davis Trail.”


Past Wildflower Reports

2011 Wildflower Reports

Streptanthus glandulosus ssp. pulchellusphoto by Peter DenisevichRhododendron occidentalephoto by Peter Denisevich

Streptanthus glandulosus ssp. pulchellus, Rhododendron occidentale – click on images for full photo
May 28, 2011
Peter Denisevich reports: “On a cool and showery May 28, 2011, Streptanthus glandulosus ssp. pulchellus is blooming in the middle of the Liberty Trail in serpentine below Oat Hill Fire Road, MMWD, and a few western azaleas, Rhododendron occidentale, are blooming on the Old Sled Trail between Little Carson Falls and Oat Hill FR, MMWD.

Layia chrysanthemoidesphoto by Vernon SmithLayia chrysanthemoidesphoto by Vernon SmithLeptosiphon androsaceusphoto by Vernon SmithStreptanthus glandulosus ssp. secundusphoto by Vernon SmithCastilleja rubicundula ssp. lithospermoidesphoto by Vernon SmithLepidium latipes var. latipesphoto by Vernon Smith
May 25, 2011
Doreen and Vernon Smith report: “Just hiking the beginning of the trail near the Big Rock or taking a glance at the site if parked by the roadside is worth the trip. Lucas Valley Road is one of the best wildlflower drives in the County right now.
These pictures are of plants from the serpentine-soil exposure at the top of the hill on Lucas Valley Road: smooth tidytips, Layia chrysanthemoides; Lavender showers, Leptosiphon androsaceus; white pearl jewelflower, Streptanthus glandulosus ssp. secundus; Creamsacs, Castilleja rubicundula ssp. lithospermoides and the rare-in-Marin cress, Lepidium latipes var. latipes.”

Calochortus tiburonensisphoto by John ConleyCalochortus tiburonensisphoto by John ConleyChlorogalum pomeridianumphoto by John ConleySilene californicaphoto by John Conley
Calochortus tiburonensis, Chlorogalum pomeridianum, Silene californica – click on images for full photo
May 22, 2011
John Conley reports: “Calochortus tiburonensis is just beginning to bloom. There are quite a few plants in bud, but only a very few were seen in full bloom on Sunday. The additional photos are of the Soap Plant (or Soap Lily), Chlorogalum pomeridianum, and the Indian Pink, Silene californica, in bloom on Ring Mountain.”

May 13, 2011
Sue “Mazer” Mace reports: “Lucas Valley Road west of Big Rock, partial list (most along southside of road) – Red Larkspur (Delphinium nudicaule), Iris (white), paintbrush, CowParsnip, Woodland Star, Solomon’s-seal, Chinese houses, Ceanothus (pale blue), bee plant, nightshade
“Loma Alta Open Space at Big Rock – Owls clover, Tidy tips, Jewelflower (abundant), Clover, California poppy, Seep spring Monkeyflower, Madia, Tarweed, Fringepod, Blue Eyed grass, Linanthus, Gilia, Cream cups, Hill Lotus
“Lucas Valley Road at pull outs East of Big Rock – Whitewhorl lupine, purple bush lupine, bee plant, Iris (white in color), Ookow, Seep spring monkeyflower…”

Romanzoffia californica
photo by Robert Hall
Mist Maiden Romanzoffia californica – click on images for full photo

April 20, 2011
Bob Hall reports: “Biked down the Kent Lake Pump Trail. Some wildflowers are showing (along with the Osprey in it’s nest). Best for me was seeing California Mist Maiden. Here’s the rest of the list: Scarlet Larkspur, Woodland Star, Hound’s Tongue, Mission Bells, Iris, Manroot, Morning Glory, Blue Dicks, Star Lily, Bush Poppy, Indian Warrior, Huckleberry, Redwood Violet, Modesty, Giant Trillium, False Solomon’s Seal, Columbine, Bicolor Lupine, Fringe Cups, Milk Maids, Lomatium, Redwood Sorrell, Bee Plant and Chinese Houses.”

Layia chrysanthemoidesMt. Burdellphoto by Vernon SmithTriphysaria versicolor ssp. faucibarbataMt. Burdellphoto by Vernon SmithDelphinium variegatumMt. Burdellphoto by Vernon Smith
Tidytips, owl’s-clover, and royal larkspur – click on images for full photo

April 20, 2011
Doreen Smith reports: “Some Mt. Burdell wildflowers that are flowering now near the San Carlos Drive Open Space entrance, especially on the serpentine outcrops: Tidytips, Layia chrysanthemoides; butter and eggs, Triphysaria versicolor ssp. faucibarbata; owl’s-clover, Castilleja densiflora; royal larkspur, Delphinium variegatum and bitter-root, Lewisia rediviva. There are several different species of clover there too, Trifolium spp., for anyone wants to do some Marin Flora keying practice!”

Trilium chloropetalum var. chloropetalum
Steep Ravine Trail above Route 1
photo by Charles Higgins
April 17, 2011
Charles Higgins reports:
“This Trilium chloropetalum is a gem that is (or was) just 300 feet from Shoreline Highway east on the Steep Ravine Trail. There are about twenty or so. Glorious. Thanks for organizing the wonder.”

Fritillaria affinisBarth's Retreat, Mt Tamphoto by James SpragueFritillaria affinisBarth's Retreat, Mt Tamphoto by James Sprague
April 17, 2011
James Sprague reports:
“Mission Bell (Fritillaria affinis) on abandoned trail out of Barth’s Retreat, Mt Tam.”

Calochortus tolmiei Abbotts Lagoon public trailphoto by Doreen SmithRanunculus orthorhynchus var. platyphyllusAbbotts Lagoon public trailphoto by Doreen Smith
Calochortus tolmiei, Ranunculus orthorhynchus var. platyphyllus – click on images for full photo
April 17, 2011
Doreen Smith reports from Saturday’s Mary Moser Memorial Hike at Abbotts Lagoon with an updated full species plant list which includes the native spp. we saw that are now flowering,”

Erysimum franciscanumMarin Headlandsphoto by Doreen SmithArabis blepharophyllaMarin Headlandsphoto by Doreen SmithDelphinium decorumPt. Reyes Lighthouse areaphoto by Doreen SmithPhacelia insularis continentisPt. Reyes Lighthouse areaphoto by Doreen SmithFritillaria affinis var. tristulisPt. Reyes Lighthouse areaphoto by Doreen SmithFritillaria affinis var. affinis forma robusta Chimney Rock Elephant seal trailphoto by Doreen Smith
April 4, 2011
Doreen Smith reports from the Marin Headlands and Pt. Reyes Peninsula:
“The former has displays of showy exotics of the “Lighthouse-keepers gardens” near the Pt. Bonita access. There are some Erysimum franciscanum and a few natives on the rocky slopes there. By the Headlands Art institute buildings are many plants of showy Arabis blepharophylla on the N-facing slope.
“The Pt. Reyes Lighthouse area has Delphinium decorum, Lasthenia californica, Phacelia insularis continentis, Iris douglasiana, Nemophila menziesii var. atomaria, Fritillaria affinis var. tristulis, etc.
“The Chimney Rock Elephant seal trail has Viola adunca, Lathyrus vestitus, Fritillaria affinis var. affinis “forma robusta”.”

Scoliopus Bigelovii
photo by Alison Trotta-Marshall
March 3, 2011
Alison Trotta-Marshall reports: “I saw a lot of these Scoliopus Bigelovii on the Cataract Trails Hike just this past Sunday 2/27/11.”

February 23, 2011
Doreen Smith reports: “After a cold, wet week a sunny Sunday brought out the early wildflower seekers on Mt. Burdell, Novato. Thirty different species were discovered in bloom.&quot
Photos and plant list of Ca. native taxa seen flowering on Mt. Burdell.

Mimulus douglasiiphoto by Vernon SmithMimulus douglasiiphoto by Vernon SmithTetrapteron graciliflorumphoto by Vernon Smithtaraxia ovataphoto by Vernon Smith
February 13, 2011
Doreen Smith reports:”Vernon (he took the pictures) and I visited the sunny S. slopes of Mt. Burdell today to prepare for my next Sunday’s scheduled Marin CNPS outing. I just hope the weather will be kind to the flowers and to anyone who turns up for the walk. We saw the best display of purple mouse-ears, Mimulus douglasii, I’ve ever seen there – plus 23 other species of natives already in bloom. The genus Camissonia has been split-examples of the new interpretation are the genera given to the two Suncups pictured.”

Trillium ovatum
photo by Margaret Partlow
February 6, 2011
Margaret Partlow reports: “saw a little Trillium today up on Hoo-Koo-E-Koo trail about a third of the way up from Crown Road. “

Scoliopus bigeloviiphoto by James SpragueScoliopus bigeloviiphoto by James Sprague
February 5, 2011
James Sprague reports: “A thousand Scoliopus bigelovii popping out of the Earth and blooming on a slope just above the picnic tables at Laurel Dell on the Cataract Trail. This phenomena happens every year at this time.”

February 5, 2011
Sue “Mazer” Mace reports from Wintergreen Trail, Terra Linda Velley, Loma Alto Open Space: “I found loads of Fremonts Camas Lilies, [Toxicoscordion (Zigadenus) fremontii.] in bloom, some redmaids and some Blue Dicks.”

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January 30, 2011
Amelia Ryan reports: “Claytonia gypsophiloides was blooming as of January 23rd in serpentine shale along Oat Hill Fire Road. Also blooming was Garrya elliptica, Cardamine californica, a few Arctostaphylos glandulosa, and a single Castilleja foliolosa.
“Along San Geronimo Fire Road on January 29th Pedicularis densiflora, Arctostaphylos montana, and Lomatium dasycarpum were beginning to flower. “

January 27, 2011
Faith Brown reports: “Masses of Pedicularis densiflora are popping up on the Woodoaks Trail, just off N. San Pedro Road, past the JCC. Many are just opening, so they should be spectacular by next week.”

Arctostaphylos manzanitaphoto by Doreen SmithBlennosperma nanumphoto by Doreen SmithToxicoscordion (Zigadenus) fremontiiphoto by Doreen Smith
January 23, 2011
Doreen Smith reports: “Mt. Burdell Open Space Preserve usually has some of the earliest wildflowers that can be found in Marin. At the moment there are Cardamine californica and large shrubs of Arctostaphylos manzanita about the rocks to the N.E. of the San Andreas Dr. entrance.
“West of the San Carlos Drive entrance are Blennosperma nanum, Lepidium nitidum, Ranunculus californicus and Toxicoscordion (Zigadenus) fremontii. There are even a few early Lasthenia californica in the fenced- off-from grazing section to the S. of the fire-road.”

Scoliopus bigelovii
photo by Peter Denisevich
January 20, 2011
Peter Denisevich reports: “Scoliopus bigelovii are blooming (and some are slinking their pods already) above Carey Camp Creek, Cascade Canyon, Fairfax, MCOSD.”

Aristolochia californicaphoto by Vernon SmithCardamine californicaphoto by Vernon SmithGarrya ellipticaphoto by Vernon Smith
Arctostaphylos virgataphoto by Vernon SmithGrindelia stricta platyphylla  thumbHeracleum maximumphoto by Vernon SmithRubus ursinus.jpgphoto by Vernon Smith
January 1, 2011
Doreen and Vernon Smith report: “First flowers of 2011: 1. Along Lucas Valley Road, west of the housing developments. They are all at pull-outs, so there’s no need to botanize at 35 mph! Aristolochia californica, Cardamine californica, Garrya elliptica
2. Pt. Reyes peninsula, all seen west of Inverness. Arctostaphylos virgata , Grindelia stricta, Heracleum maximum, Rubus ursinus “


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March 25, 2012
Dave Strauss reports: “Today I saw several Calypso bulbosa in bloom near Rifle camp.”

Calypso bulbosa
photo by Dave Strauss

Calypso bulbosa

March 18, 2012
Denise King reports blooming on Mt. Tam: Fat Solomon (Maianthemum racemosum), Star Lily (Zigadenus fremontii var. fremontii), Indian Warrior (Pedicularis densiflora), Mission Bells (Fritillaria affinis var. affinis), Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon hendersonii), Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum), and Chaparral Paintbrush (Castilleja foliolosa).

Vaccinium ovatumphoto by Denise KingFritillaria affinis var. affinisphoto by Denise KingPedicularis densifloraphoto by Denise KingZigadenus fremontii var. fremontiiphoto by Denise King

Vaccinium ovatum, Fritillaria affinis var. affinis, Pedicularis densiflora, and Zigadenus fremontii var. fremontii

March 4, 2012
Greg Reis reports: ” On the Moon Hill Road though French Ranch OSP today there were lots of Calypso Orchids, Indian Warriors, Hounds Tongue, and many other flowers.”





February 20, 2012
Peter Denisevich reports: “Ribes californicum is blooming near the entrance to Cascade Canyon, MCOSD. A few trilliums are up but not open yet.”

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Ribes californicum

ebruary 11, 2012
Dave Strauss reports: “We saw Cynoglossum grande in bloom in several places along Eldridge Grade, and also along Rock Spring-Lagunitas fire road.”

Cynoglossum grande
photo by Dave Strauss

Cynoglossum grande

Fragaria chiloensisphoto by Sandy SteinmanCamissonia cheiranthifolia ssp. cheiranthifoliaphoto by Sandy SteinmanErysimum menziesii ssp. concinnumphoto by Sandy SteinmanRibes sanguineum var. glutinosumphoto by Sandy SteinmanDudleya farinosaphoto by Sandy SteinmanDudleya farinosa
photo by Sandy Steinman

Fragaria chiloensis, Camissonia cheiranthifolia, Erysimum menziesii ssp. concinnum, Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum, and Dudleya farinosa – click on images for full photo
February 6, 2012
Sandy Steinman reports from Abbott’s Lagoon at Pt. Reyes: “There were few flowers along the trail except for a Blackberry. The flowers were in the sandy area after the bridge and up in the dunes. The most prevalent flowers today were many pretty Beach Strawberries. Along Pierce Pt. Road there was one large very flowery specimen of Wild Currant. Plant list for today included Sea Rocket, Beach Suncup, Gumplant, Sand Verbena, Dudleya, Wall Flower, Blackberry and lots of Beach Strawberry. Also Pierce Pt. Road: a large very flowery specimen of Wild Currant.”

Aristolochia californica vine amid poison-oakphoto by Vernon SmithAristolochia californica
photo by Vernon Smith

Aristolochia californica – click on images for full photos
February 2, 2012
Doreen and Vernon Smith report: “Along Lucas Valley Road the usual patch of green-flowered pipevine, Aristolochia californica, is flowering abundantly in the poison-oak brush. The site is in the flatlands, off by the S. side of the road, just past the historic farmhouse. A wide pull-out is there for any visitors (beware of possible ticks) just before a (blind) bend in the road. Lucas Valley Road is good for wildflower viewing most of the year.” Download plant list for Lucas Valley Road

Trillium ovatum
photo by James Sprague

Trillium ovatum – click on image for full photo
February 2, 2012
James Sprague reports: “Trilliums starting to bloom on the Ben Johnson Trail in Muir Woods”

Dirca occidentalis
photo by Aaron Arthur

Dirca occidentalis – click on image for full photo
February 2, 2012
Aaron Arthur reports: “Thought you may like to know that we located one blooming western leatherwood (Dirca occidentalis) on the Devils Gulch fire road near the border between Samuel P. Taylor SP and GGNRA on January 29, 2012. Your group doing forget-me-not removal next week may like to take a detour to see it. By the way, the forget-me-not was not in bloom, and few were near bolting, but may be up by the time yall get out there.”

Scoliopus bigelovii
photo by Jane Huber

Scoliopus bigelovii – click on image for full photo
February 2, 2012
Jane Huber reports: “Hiked near Phoenix Lake yesterday. Good displays of milkmaids on many trails. Saw just one fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii on Getrude Orr Trail. Some hound’s tongue and shooting stars on Yolanda Trail between Phoenix Lake Fire Road and Six Points. Buckeyes are beginning to leaf out.”

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Iris macrosiphon, Scoliopus bigelovii – click on images for full photo
January 31, 2012
Peter Denisevich reports: “A lone Iris macrosiphon has ventured forth on the Sunnyside Trail at Bon Tempe Lake, MMWD and the recent rain has brought out the Scoliopus bigelovii in Cascade Canyon, MCOSD.”

Cardamine californica
photo by John Conley
Cardamine californica – click on image for larger photo
January 13, 2012
John Conley submits the first wildflower report of the year illustrated by a photograph of Cardamine californica blooming in Steep Ravine on Mt. Tamalpais. “There were a few Milkmaids in full bloom this morning, and a few Smith’s Fairy Bells, but most of the plants that are usually in bloom in Steep Ravine at this time of the year were nowhere to be seen. We really need some rain.”


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September, 2014

Account of discovery of Sagittaria sanfordii at Nicasio Reservoir by chapter member Todd Plummer

On June 12, 2014, while exploring a damp embankment near the junction of an unnamed inlet stream and Nicasio Reservoir, I discovered a patch of an unfamiliar Sagittaria species.
I counted at least 80 plants. Some were in the vegetative state submerged in the creek; others in bloom were growing on the muddy bank. Some plants featured both male and female flowers. The leaves were lanceolate, not “sagittate” (arrowhead shaped). Growing on stems about 1–2 cm long, the female flowers, roughly 2 cm wide, had white petals and spherical, fuzzy green centers. The male flowers, growing in clusters further out than the female flowers, were white-petaled with yellow stamens. I attempted to key it out in the Marin Flora (Howell et al., 2007) and also checked the Herbaria records at Jepson online, but could not find a match. After consulting with Doreen Smith of the Marin chapter of CNPS and Andrea Williams, Vegetation Ecologist with the MMWD, we determined that these were Sagittaria sanfordii, also known as valley arrowhead or Sanford’s arrowhead. This species is afforded 1B.2 status (rare, threatened, or endangered in California and elsewhere) in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants. Doreen noted that the species had been reported previously in Santa Venetia near China Camp State Park, but the report was unconfirmed and no specimens were known to have been collected.
After obtaining permission from MMWD, I collected two plants and turned them over to Andrea Williams. She has prepared the specimens and submitted them to the California Academy of Sciences herbarium.

Text and photos by Todd Plummer.

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August 22, 2014

Doreen and Vernon Smith visited Lake Lagunitas and found that even though plants were going to seed, some were still in flower including the following.
Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp. bolanderi (Bolander’s golden-aster), Holocarpha virgata ssp. virgata (wand tarplant), Perideridia gairdneri ssp. gairdneri (Gairdner’s yampah).
They also saw a fine Quercus kelloggii (black oak) with acorns, and coming back along the Fairfax-Bolinas Road, the Stephanomeria virgata ssp. pleurocarpa was in flower.

Photos by Vernon and /Doreen Smith

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August 2014

Marcie reports that she found Arum italicum (Italian arum) in two locations along the parking lot at Muir Beach.

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Arum italicum (Italian arum)


August 1, 2014

Doreen and Vernon Smith visited Point Reyes and found many plants still in flower including the following.
Eriogonum latifolium (coast buckwheat) and Grindelia stricta var. platyphylla (dune gumplant) were found at the South Beach parking lot.
In the area of the Lighthouse parking lot, they found Piperia elegans ssp. decurtata (Point Reyes rein orchid), Castilleja exserta ssp. latifolia (dune owl’s-clover), Silene scouleri ssp. scouleri (Scouler’s catchfly), Agoseris apargioides var. eastwoodiae (Point Reyes agoseris), Dudleya farinosa (sea-bluff-lettuce), and Cirsium andrewsii (Franciscan thistle).
In the area of the Chimney Rock parking lot, they found more Piperia elegans ssp. decurtata (Point Reyes rein orchid), and Perideridia kelloggii  (Kellogg’s yampah).
By the side of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. they found Piperia elegans ssp. elegans (coastal rein orchid).

Photos by Vernon Smith.

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July 4, 2014

Doreen and Vernon Smith visited Point Reyes and found that the Orobanche californica ssp. californica (red-purple broomrape) were just starting to bloom at the South Beach parking lot. This species is parasitic on the Grindelia stricta.
In the area of the Chimney Rock parking lot, they found the fruits of Marah fabacea (green-flowered manroot), Piperia elegans ssp. decurtata (Point Reyes rein orchid) not quite in bloom, Dudleya farinosa (sea-lettuce), and Horkelia californica var. californica (California. horkelia), as well as many others.

Some photos below by Vernon Smith.

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June 11, 2014

Doreen and Vernon Smith visited Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve in San Mateo county.
They found that in spite of the recent hot weather there were several species still flowering, including Navarretia heterodoxa, Calochortus argillosus, Clarkia rubicunda, Eriogonum luteolum var. luteolum, Sidalcea diploscypha, and Monardella villosa.

Some photos by Vernon and /Doreen Smith below.

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June 2, 2014

Doreen and Vernon Smith visited Mt. Diablo State Park and found the following species in flower along the Mary Bowerman Trail, near the summit.

Achillea millefolium, Acmispon brachycarpus, Antirrhinum vexillocalyculatum, Arnica discoidea, Calochortus pulchellus, C. venustus , Calystegia purpurata ssp. purpurata,  Camissoniopsis intermedia, Campanula exigua, Chorizanthe membranacea, Cirsium occidentale var. californicum, Clarkia concinna ssp. concinna, C. unguiculata, C. purpurea, and maybe C. affinis, Collinsia heterophylla, C. tinctoria, Delphinium nudicaule, Emmenanthe penduliflora, Ericameria linearifolia, Erigeron petrophilus, Eriogonum gracile, Eriogonum umbellatum var. bahiiforme , Eriophyllum lanatum , Eschscholzia californica, Galium andrewsii, G. porrigens, Gilia clivorum, Keckiella corymbosa, Lepechinia calycina, Madia gracilis, Mentzelia dispersa,  Mimulus rattanii, Navarretia mellita, Papaver heterophyllum, Pediomelum californicum, Penstemon heterophyllus, Phacelia distans, and Salvia columbariae.

Some photos below by Vernon Smith.

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May 24, 2014

Doreen and Vernon Smith report that there are lots of plants in bloom on the Loma Alta Trail from Big Rock.
Photos by Vernon Smith.

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 May 23, 2014

Sue Mace reports that on Ring Mountain, there are a lot of wildflowers in bloom. The Tiburon Mariposa Lily is abundant on the eastern side of the mountain, a great year for them. Also in bloom (there are a lot to remember this is an incomplete list) seep spring monkey flower, blue eyed grass, phacelia, farewell to spring, tar weed, brodiaeas, buckwheats, California poppies, delphiniums and on the western side narrow-leaved mules-ears, pineapple weed, annual lupines, secund lupines.


April 28, 2014

Doreen and Vernon Smith report that the wildflowers carpeting the valley floor at Bear Valley, Colusa county, are the best since 2011.
The valley provides a glimpse of what large parts of California used to look like before farming changed the landscape.
On Walker Ridge large numbers of Calochortus amabilis are flowering on the fire-damaged serpentine-soil parts of Wayne’s Knoll.

Photos by Vernon Smith.

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April 20, 2014

Doreen and Vernon Smith found much in bloom on the lower slopes of Mt. Burdell today.

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April 12, 2014

Doreen and Vernon Smith found masses of Spring wildflowers on a MALT sponsored trip to a ranch near the Northern border of Marin.
These are two of the many species that were seen.

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Scene from the trip.
Photo by Vernon Smith
Claytonia exigua ssp. exigua (small glaucous claytonia)
Photo by Vernon Smith


Allium falcifolium IMG 4039sm Allium falcifolium IMG 1897sm
Allium falcifolium  (sickle-leaf onion)
Photo by Vernon Smith
Allium falcifolium  (sickle-leaf onion)
Photo by Doreen Smith

You can see why it is called sickle-leaf onion.



April 11, 2014

Doreen and Vernon Smith report that the Douglas iris were impressive today on Mt. Tamalpais at Rock Spring and along Ridgecrest Blvd.

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Iris douglasiana (douglas iris)
Photo by Doreen Smith
Iris douglasiana (douglas iris)
Photo by Vernon Smith


April 5, 2014

On a trip north along Highway 1, Doreen and Vernon Smith saw red larkspur and mist-maidens on the roadside just south of the town of Tomales and camas-lilies by the road to Dillon Beach.

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Delphinium nudicaule (red larkspur)
Photo by Doreen Smith

Romanzoffia californica (mist-maidens)
Photo by Doreen Smith
Camassia quamash ssp. breviflora (small-flowered camas-lily)
Photo by Vernon Smith



March 28, 2014

Doreen and Vernon Smith did a Bioblitz on Nicasio Ridge on Friday, March 28, along with Devii Rao from the Point Reyes National Seashore. They saw about 50 species of plants including the Nicasio Ceanothus, which only occurs there and is still awaiting official naming.

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March 22, 2014

Doreen and Vernon Smith went to Rock Spring with members of the Sacramento Valley and Milo Baker chapters of the CNPS on Saturday, March 22. Here are some of the plants we saw. (This is an image gallery display, so you do not have to click on the images to see a larger version.)

Photos by Vernon Smith

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March 21, 2014

Doreen and Vernon Smith saw a fine display of Fritillaria liliacea (fragrant fritillary) today at Stafford Lake.

Photos by Vernon Smith

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Fritillaria liliacea (fragrant fritillary) Fritillaria liliacea (fragrant fritillary)

March 17, 2014

Jennifer Fraser reports:
Calypso orchid found on Steep Ravine on Mt. Tamalpais.”

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March 12, 2014

Vernon and Doreen Smith report that the Calochortus umbellatus (Oakland star tulip) is blooming nicely on Ring Mountain at the moment.

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Calochortus umbellatus (Oakland star tulip)  Photo by Vernon Smith


March 7, 2014

On a trip to the area of the Point Reyes Lighthouse on Friday, March 7, Doreen and Vernon Smith found that the tiny Minuartia rubella (reddish sandwort) were blooming well. According to Jepson, this unusual plant is normally found above 8000′ in the Sierra Nevada and the Klamath Mountains. So our Marin population is disjunct.

Photos by Vernon Smith

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Minuartia rubella (reddish sandwort) Minuartia rubella (reddish sandwort)

February 21, 2014

Kathy Tama reports:
“I hiked up Steep Ravine Trail and saw this absolutely stunning Trillium chloropetalum (giant wakerobin) and some delicate Viola sempervirens (redwood violet).”

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Trillium chloropetalum (giant wakerobin) Viola sempervirens (redwood violet)

 February 13, 2014

Carolyn Longstreth reports: “In Samuel P. Taylor Park, at the bottom of the Pioneer Tree Trail, Trillium ovatum just opening. Also, along bike trail, opposite sign for Redwood Grove, some Scoliopus Bigelovii foliage emerging. It appears that only a few flowered this year.”


 January 27, 2014.

 Early flowers seen at Point Reyes on January 27. 2014, by Doreen and Vernon Smith (photos by Vernon Smith).

Grindelia stricta ssp platyphylla IMG 3386th Ribes sanguineum var glutinosum IMG 3422th
Grindelia stricta ssp. platyphylla (Pacific gumplant) Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum (pink-flowering currant)

In spite of the lack of rain up to this date, there were a few flowers blooming at Point Reyes National Seashore if one searched.

Sidalcea malviflora ssp malviflora IMG 3412th Arctostaphylos virgata IMG 3429th
Sidalcea malviflora ssp. malviflora (dwarf checkerbloom). Arctostaphylos virgata (Marin manzanita)