Hillside walk, 07 June 2017

The Plummer's mariposa lily (Calochortus plummerae) on the south hillside is still blooming. Superficial scouting around the immediate area revealed a total of five plants in flower. In all cases multiple flowers have bloomed and no new buds are apparent that would produce flowers after the current ones have finished.

Along the Lida Street hill the American lotus (Acmispon americanus var. americanus) is in full bloom, with many more flowers than I've seen previously. At least five plants are spread out along the street, generally on the very edge of the asphalt, each with probably dozens of flowers.

The flowers of sacapellote (Acourtia microcephala) are beginning to appear. Just a few are present in Canyon 4. The chaparral yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei) is suddenly in full bloom with around a dozen flowering on the north hillside and about 8 on the west hillside. The toyon (Heteromeles arbutifoloia) is at its full bloom, too, most notably along upper Lida Street and at the bottom of the north hillside. And the branching phacelia (Phacelia ramosissima) in Canyon 8 is loaded with flowers. The laurel sumac (Malosma laurina), one of the most widespread plants in the area, is also at its peak.

Thus the hillsides continue to have much to show.

Clustered tarweed

California sun cup

Branching phacelia

Strigose lotus

Sapphire woolly star

Narrow-leaf milkweed

White sage

White sage

Our house

Chaparral yucca

Southern honeysuckle



Common eucrypta

Bush monkey flower


Golden yarrow

Morning glory


American lotus

Vasey's prickly pear

California everlasting

Blue elderberry

Wishbone bush

Plummer's mariposa lily

Plummer's mariposa lily


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