Wildflower Report, May 5, 2010

Bear Valley

The large flower displays on the gravelly soils at the south end of the valley are almost completely gone, but there are now good flower displays at the north end of Bear Valley. These are mainly on deep clay soils. California poppies, royal larkspurs and purple owl’s clover are flowering together on the drier sites. Combinations of common tidy tips, smooth tidy tips and California dandelion form large yellow drifts on sites that are wetter later into the season, but not as wet as the wet meadows. These same flowers, which have only begun here in the last week or two, were flowering more than a month ago at the corral on Bear Valley Road where they have now faded. Now is the time to see the last of the large spring flower displays.  

Common tidy tips, Layia platyglossa, Smooth tidy tips, Layia chrysanthemoides, and California dandelion, Agoseris grandiflora

 

Purple owl’s clover, Castilleja exserta, royal larkspur, Delphinium variegatum, and California poppy, Eschscholzia californica

 

California poppy, Eschscholzia californica

 

Bear Valley Road – corral

Common tidy tips, Layia platyglossa, Smooth tidy tips, Layia chrysanthemoides, and California dandelion, Agoseris grandiflora

 

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