Hillside walk, 06 May 2016

The humble California everlasting (Pseudognaphalium californicum) is this weeks big noticeable, being prominent with its bright white flowers in so many hillside locations. The other highly noticeable species is the bush monkeyflower (Diplacus longiflorus), with it's brilliant big orange flowers, visible in many locations, but not as widespread as the everlasting.

Some outstanding species are present in good numbers but in isolated occurrences, such as the golden stars (Bloomeria crocea) under the oak tree at the bottom of the north hillside.

New for the season this week is the first bloom of the chaparral yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei), which is high on the west hillside overlooking the cutting at the top of Lida Street. The flower is only about half way out. Hopefully we'll see more of these giant flowers this year.

Another new occurrence for the season is the clustered tar plant (Deinandra fasciculata) at the bottom of the north hillside, just a single flower so far, but with many more to in bud.

Lots of other flowers are in bloom, too, with a marked transition into the later season species. For example, this week the California bluebells (Phacelia minor) and the whispering bells (Emenanthe peduliflora var. peduliflora) are almost finished, while the strigose lotus (Acmispon strigosus) and the California suncup (Camissoniopsis bistorta) are at last completely gone. Numerous others remain at their peak, such as the southern honeysuckle (Lonicera subspicata var. denudata).

Clustered tarweed

Wild hyacinth

Golden stars

Golden stars

Western nettle

California chicory

Poison oak

California primrose

Common muilla

Canyon of our house

Showy penstemon

Bush monkey flower

Showy penstemon

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Chaparral yucca

Mesa prickly pear

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