What's Blooming Now? (Page 2)

Note: The flowers on these pages are arranged in order of their first month of bloom.

sticky monkeyflower

Sticky Monkeyflower (Diplacus aurantiacus)

  • Bloom period: March - July
  • Habitat: Found in dry areas (unlike the common monkeyflower, which grows on moist streambanks)
  • Description: Yellow, 5-petaled, tubular flowers grow on woody stalks with linear leaves.

Saxifrage (Saxifraga ssp.)

  • Bloom period: Various species bloom from March to August
  • Habitat: Found in meadows, rocky crevices, and wooded areas, depending on particular species
  • Description: All members of the Saxifrage family have small, 5-petaled, white flowers and grow close to the ground.
coast fawn lily

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Coast Fawn Lily (Erythronium revolutum)

  • Bloom period: March - June
  • Habitat: Found in shady coastal conifer forests
  • Description: Pink, 6-petaled flower sits on a slender stem above 2 large, brown-mottled basal leaves.
wild cucumber

Wild Cucumber (Marah oreganus)

  • Bloom period: March - May
  • Habitat: Widespread in open coastal areas
  • Description: Tiny, white, bell-shaped flowers grow on this spreading vine, with large, star-shaped leaves.
wild ginger

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Wild Ginger (Asarum caudatum)

  • Bloom period: March - July
  • Habitat: Common in moist, shady areas and along coastal streams
  • Description: A reddish-brown flower with 3 long-tailed petals grows under the heart-shaped leaves of this unmistakable plant. A ginger-like aroma is released when the leaves are bruised.

Sea fig (Carpobrotus chilensis)

  • Bloom period: April - October
  • Habitat: Found on beaches and sandy areas
  • Description: Yellow or pink, many-petaled flowers sit on spreading stems with pointed succulent leaves. This plant is not native to the area.

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Salal (Gaultheria shallon)

  • Bloom period: April - July
  • Habitat: Very common in forested, wooded, or damp areas
  • Description: Small, pink or white, bell-shaped flowers hang in clusters at the end of branching stems with leathery, pointed oval leaves. Dark blue berries form in the fall.
stream orchid

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Stream Orchid (Epipactus gigantea)

  • Bloom period: April - August
  • Habitat: Found along streams, lakes, and rivers
  • Description: Yellowish-green flowers with orange lips grow on stalks above veined, clasping leaves.
hairy star tulip

Hairy Star Tulip (Calochortus tolmiei)

  • Bloom period: April - June
  • Habitat: Fairly common in open and disturbed areas
  • Description: White, 6-petaled flower is covered in soft hairs and grows on a 4 - 8 inch tall stem with long, grass-like leaves.

Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

  • Bloom period: April - June
  • Habitat: Common in forested, wooded, and open areas.
  • Description: A small, white, 5-petaled flower sits on a short, thorny stem above broad, toothed leaves.
vanilla leaf

Vanilla Leaf (Achlys triphylla)

  • Bloom period: April - July
  • Habitat: Common in moist forested areas
  • Description: A slender stalk with numerous clustered white flowers sits on 1 large leaf with 3 lobed leaflets.
pacific rhododendron

Pacific Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum)

  • Bloom period: April - June
  • Habitat: Common in moist coniferous forests
  • Description: A very showy cluster of pink or red flowers sits on a stem above evergreen, pointed oval leaves. Can grow as a single or multi-stemmed shrub up to 13 feet tall.

Columbia Windflower (Anemone deltoidea)

  • Bloom period: April - July
  • Habitat: Found in conifer forests
  • Description: A white, 5-petaled, solitary flower sits on a slender stem above 3 toothed leaflets.

Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

  • Bloom period: April - July
  • Habitat: Widespread in dry coastal areas
  • Description: A tight head of clustered white flowers grows on a 1 - 3 foot stalk with feathery basal leaves.
wild rose

Wood Rose (Rosa gymnocarpa)

  • Bloom period: April - September
  • Habitat: Found in shady mixed evergreen forests
  • Description: Small, pink, 5-petaled rose flowers grow on delicate, thorny stems. This small shrub grows 2 - 4 feet high.
crimson columbine

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Crimson Columbine (Aquilegia formosa var. truncata)

  • Bloom period: April - June
  • Habitat: Found on moist wooded slopes and along trailsides
  • Description: A showy orange flower with 5 large sepals hangs from a branching stem with toothed basal leaves.
inside out flower

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Inside-Out Flower (Vancouveria planipetala)

  • Bloom period: April - September
  • Habitat: Widespread in moist forested areas and along creeks
  • Description: This small white flower's reflexed sepals and exposed stamen give the appearance of it being inside-out. The blooms hang from thin branching stems above small lobed leaves.

Larkspur (Delphinium ssp.)

  • Bloom period: April - June
  • Habitat: Found in open, grassy areas
  • Description: Several species of Delphinium grow in the parks, and range in color from red to deep purple. All flowers share the same general shape, with 5 prominent sepals and 2 inner petals.

Firecracker Flower (Brodiaea ida-maia)

  • Bloom period: May - July
  • Habitat: Found in open grassy areas and mixed evergreen forests
  • Description: Bright red tubular flowers hang from stalks with thin linear leaves 4 - 15 inches long.
Andrew's clintonia

Andrew's Clintonia (Clintonia andrewsiana)

  • Bloom period: May - June
  • Habitat: Common in damp mixed evergreen forests
  • Description: A cluster of bright pink trumpet-shaped flowers grows on a single stalk above large, glossy basal leaves. The blooms ripen into blue berries in the late summer.
coast paintbrush

Coast Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis)

  • Bloom period: May - August
  • Habitat: Found in dry, sandy coastal areas
  • Description: The red or orange parts of this showy flower are actually the bracts. It has woody stems and grows up to 15 inches tall.
lady slippers

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California Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium californicum)

  • Bloom period: May - June
  • Habitat: Found on wet, rocky banks in shady forested areas
  • Description: A member of the orchid family, this flower is white, pouch-shaped, and grows on tall, unbranched stems.

Oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor)

  • Bloom period: May - July
  • Habitat: Abundant along coastal streams and bluffs
  • Description: The tight clusters of white flowers (which resemble ocean foam) grow on woody stems with toothed leaves.
California groundcone

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California Groundcone (Boschniakia strobilacea)

  • Bloom period: May - July
  • Habitat: Commonly found beneath madrones or manzanitas
  • Description: This parasitic plant has an unmistakable cone-like shape, with brown or pink flowers projecting between its scales.
columbia lily

Columbia Lily (Lilium columbianum)

  • Bloom period: June - July
  • Habitat: Common in shady conifer forests and along roadsides
  • Description: A small lily with maroon- spotted, yellow to red petals, with nodding flowers above a whorl of linear basal leaves.

Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium)

  • Bloom period: June - August
  • Habitat: Commonly one of the first plants to inhabit a recently burned or otherwise disturbed area
  • Description: Conspicuous pink, 4-petaled flowers grow in groups on stalks up to 7 feet tall. Blooms mature into seed pods in the fall.
false lily of the valley

False Lily-of-the-Valley (Maianthemum dilatatum)

  • Bloom period: June - July
  • Habitat: Common in moist, shady forested areas
  • Description: A small, tight cluster of white flowers grows on a short stalk above 2 deeply clefted heart shaped leaves.
labrador tea

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Labrador Tea (Ledum glandulosum)

  • Bloom period: June - August
  • Habitat: Found in wet wooded or forested areas
  • Description: Clusters of small white flowers grow on the tops of woody stems with leathery rolled leaves.

Valerian (Valeriana sitchensis)

  • Bloom period: July - September
  • Habitat: Found in high meadows
  • Description: Tight clusters of pink or white flowers grow on woody stems 1 - 4 feet tall.

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Manzanita (Arctostaphylos ssp.)

  • Bloom period: Various species bloom from November to May
  • Habitat: Found in warm, dry areas
  • Description: All manzanitas are hardy, woody shrubs with smooth, brownish red bark and leathery, pointed oval leaves. Some grow as tall shrubs, others are prostrate. They have white or pink bell-shaped flowers that grow in clusters.
Queen Anne's lace

Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota)

  • Bloom period: All year
  • Habitat: Widespread in open or disturbed areas
  • Description: An umbrella-like cluster of white flowers sits on a flexible stalk that grows 1 - 3 feet tall.

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