Old Biophilia


Wildflowers still going strong
June 7, 2010, 4:59 pm
Filed under: Diversity in the plant world, Wild Places in Orange County

You’ll never hear me complain about the rain here in Southern California — the wetter the better. We were spoiled this past winter and the evidence is hard to miss. For months now, the hillsides have been dotted with an explosion of color. The peak of flowering has passed, but it was a great spring to traipse around Orange County parks and observe the bounty –lupines, shooting stars, CA buttercup, and popcorn flowers to name just a few.

If you haven’t had a chance to explore, don’t worry! Many wildflowers are still going strong and you have a bit more time before the summer heat kicks in. Here are just a few lovelies I saw yesterday on a hike through El Moro Canyon in Crystal Cove State Park:

Coast Prickly Pear (Opuntia littoralis)

Wild Rose (Rosa californica)

California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum)

Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis)

Pollination in action


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I sure hope we see some of those this weekend!

Comment by POM

We will! The flowering peak has definitely past, but still lots to see! It’s going to be hard to run up hill AND point out flowers;)

Comment by devmo




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