I went to Montana de Oro again the other day to see if any wildflowers were blooming yet and to enjoy the ocean and bay views. I am a bit clueless when it comes to California coast wildflowers. I usually know the general genus but even after pouring over the Calflora website I am stumped on specific species. So feel free to let me know what some of these are.
These huge silver lupine shrubs are very common here. But which species is it? What color will the flowers be?
Lots of Arctostaphylos covered in buzzing bees. Not sure exactly which species.
These architectural beauties are very common but I am afraid I don’t even know the genus. Very fine Artemisia like foliage and fuzzy little seed heads. There are usually lots of bare braches showing like this specimen. What is it? It must be something that every native Californian learns as a child but I’m an east coast expat.
I know what this one is. Sadly it is not native but an invasive from South Africa. Conicosia pugioniformis or false iceplant. Even though they are listed as an invasive they don’t seem quite as insidious as Carpobrotus but maybe I just haven’t seen them in the right place yet. There are quite a few of these about though. At least they are prettier than Carpobrotus.
I am pretty certain this is a Dudleya. But which one? D. casepitosa perhaps?
Just like the Arctostaphylos these Ceanothus are covered in happy buzzing bees. Don’t know the exact species on this one either.
Yay! An easy one. This is Abronia latifolia or yellow sand verbena.
There is also a purplish pink variety. Abronia umbellata or purple sand verbena.
Horses are pretty common on the dunes and on the beach.
This yellow flowered plant was driving me crazy. I feel like I should know what it is but I can’t even figure ou the genus. The flowers are small and kind of delicate and papery looking.
Finally an easy one. I believe this is Mimulus aurantiacus.
I need to get a book on coastal wildflowers.