Some spring wildflowers

April 12, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Here are some wildflowers I’ve encountered while hiking here in southern California. These photos were all taken in Aliso Canyon in Santa Barbara.

The season for any given wildflower is brief, but there’s almost always something in bloom, so it’s always worthwhile to get out and take a look. Of course, the spring is especially spectacular with many different flowers blooming at the same time. This spring was particularly good because of the extra rain we got last winter.

Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon hendersonii)

The Shooting Stars look like something out of a fairy tale. The larger drifts are utter magic.

California Peony (Paeonia californica)

We didn’t see many of these lovely deep red, downward-facing flowers on the trail, but the few we did see were striking. They remind me a little of Hellebores, but the plant is much taller and the flower a deeper color, the petals shading from dark red to almost-black. Leave a comment if you know what this mystery flower is! With help from friends on Twitter, we successfully identified this plant as the California Peony. Isn’t it a beauty?

California Poppies (gold), Lupines (blue), and Blue Dicks (purple)

One of the biggest treats when out hiking is seeing flowers growing in combinations you might never have thought of. Mixing Lupines and Blue Dicks? Why not? Throw in some California Poppies for contrast and you’ve got a winning combination!

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Barbara J Carter

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