• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

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San Francisco Spineflower

(Chorizanthe cuspidata)
 
San Francisco Spineflower
Spineflower populations are stable due to areas that were seeded at Crissy Field, Lobos Creek Valley, and Baker Beach.
Will Elder, NPS
 

Origin Of Genus Name: Chorizanthe is Greek for "divided flower."

Presidio Locations: Found throughout inland sand dunes.

Range In State: San Francisco Bay area.

Description: This rare, native annual species has small, hairy, white to rose colored flowers. The stem is soft and hairy and often prostrate. San Francisco Spineflower is an early dune colonizer, dependent on having open sandy habitat for establishment. Blooms June to August.

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Did You Know?

Refugees in line for supplies, 1906

In the three days following the 1906 earthquake, the Army's refugee camps at the Presidio issued 3,000 tents, 12,000 shelter halves, 13,000 ponchos, 58,000 pairs of shoes, and 24,000 regulation blue shirts.