Wildflower Report: March 19, 2010

Silver bush lupine is flowering in the low hills throughout most of the county. Probably the best place to see it is on Sand Creek Road about one mile west of Cortina School Road. It forms stands on the gravel terraces adjacent to the channel. Two other lupines are flowering here. The arroyo lupine grows along the edge of the active channel. It is common in the gravel-bed creeks around Arbuckle and on roadside gravel shoulders. It is also flowering in long strands along Lonestar Road. The bicolored lupine is common in the grasslands. It is a small lupine, but can be very abundant. At Sand Creek it is scattered through the grass stands higher in the landscape than the Silver bush lupine.

Buckbrush is very common in the hills. It too is flowering now. Although there are only a few shrubs on the gravel terraces at Sand Creek, they are uncrowded and exceptionally robust. California plantain, a diminutive annual, is very abundant on the gravel terraces. The small native annual fescue is also common. California poppies and wooly sunflowers are more easily spotted, but not nearly as abundant.

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Silver bush lupine, Lupinus albifrons

 

Arroyo lupine, Lupinus succulentus

Bicolored lupine, Lupinus bicolor


Buckbrush, Ceanothus cuneatus

 

California plantain: Plantago erecta (left); Annual fescue, Vulpia microstachys (right)

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