Hillside walk, 02 May 2016

While several blooming species are at their peak, most noticeable today are bush monkeyflower (Diplicus longiflorus), California everlasting (Pseudognaphalium californicum), black sage (Salvia mellifera), and blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra subsp. caerulea), all of which are widespread on the hillsides.

The showy penstemon (Penstemon spectablis) in Canyon 5 continues its brilliant display, even better than last week, and beginning to approach the magnificence of those growing in your yard.

California primrose (Eulobus californicus) continues it's significant presence on the lower north hillside.

A seasonal newcomer this week is golden stars (Bloomeria crocea), growing as usual in the shad of the oak tree at the bottom of the north hillside.

Once again it's noteworthy to see that flowers persist on the strigose lotus (Acmispon strigosus) and California suncup (Casmissoniopsis bistorta).

Wild hyacinth

California chicory

Common Pacific pea

Bush monkey flower

Strigose lotus

Strigose lotus

California bluebells

Golden stars

California everlasting

Showy penstemon

Deerweed

Mesa prickly pear

Whispering bells

Whispering bells

   

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