Early season flowers often include the following:
Milkmaids, San Francisco wallflower*, footsteps-to-spring, golden violet*, sun cups, pacific rockcress*, checkerbloom, giant pea, California poppy, lomatium, California phacelia, manroot, mission bells, silver lupine*, Douglas iris, longleaf iris*, blue dicks, morning glory, yarrow, Indian paintbrush, larkspur, trilliums, red-flowering current and more!
San Bruno Mountain State and County Park is the first of our parks to really get going in the spring! We have a lot of early bloomers from our manzanitas that start as early as December to our larkspurs that are just getting going now. Come out and hike the ridges and grassland trails to see some of the nature’s beautiful bounty. The starred plants above are unique to San Bruno Mountain or are a host plant to the endangered butterflies that call it home. Our mission blue butterflies just began flying late last week, so strap on your boots and head out on a sunny calm day to catch a glimpse of these wonderful winged friends!
Sam McDonald Park and the rest of our large wild parks in the southern part of the county are just waking up to spring. Our Indian plums have just finished blooming but the milkmaids, redwood sorrel, and trilliums still provide a lovely trailside show. You can even see where the bee’s have been working; did you know that trilliums transition from white to dark magenta or a purple color after bee pollination? Forget-me-nots, hounds tongue, and starry false lily of the valley are filling in the gaps in-between the trilliums and milkmaids. Red-flowering current and other shrubs are starting to get into the spring swing and elderberries are close behind.
For a great resource on where to find photos and more information about any California Plant use CalFlora. You can search by common or scientific name and find out where and when things are blooming! Hope to see you on the trail soon!