Wild Flowers Are Blooming!
Thin Soils/Bedrock Outcrops medium tall; 6″-30″
The purple flowers of this species are packed in a tight cluster. Depending on the weather and habitat, individual plants can be short or tall. Take care not to confuse this species with its close relative, round-toothed ookow, which does not appear until late Spring and has more flowers per head. As one of the first flowers to appear on the Ranch, Bludicks have the honor of reminding us that Spring has started, even if the weather still feels like winter. It’s flowers persist for a long time making them a colorful favorite here on Destiny Ranch.
Thin Soil/ Dry cobbles
Small – tall: 4″to 20″
In the surrounding areas of the Ranch, five different species of Lupine occur. Of these Sky Lupine is the most common. Lupines produce seeds housed in pea pods. Soon after a Lupine flower is pollinated, its white tips can turn pink, this signals the next pollinator to look for another flower on the same plant that has not been pollinated. How smart nature is!
This is a distinctive plant whose petal surfaces are noticeably bearded. The bees love this one, with its bowl-shaped flowers that give them a place to rest as they feed on the pollen within. They bloom early and are so lovely with their yellow sunshine color.
A real Ranch favorite!
The succulent leaves of this plant come in two forms. One type is situated at the ends of long stems that arise from the base of the plant. The other encircles the upper part of the flower stems, just below the flowers. The flowered are white or faintly pink. In time they produce beautiful glossy black seeds. as its name suggests this plant is edible, however native people were eating it long before any minors arrived in California.
I like to forage for this in the Spring and add it to a savory salad. It has a very mild taste and is not at all bitter.
These Lilly-like flowers are arranged in open clusters. Each petal has a vertical purple stripe up the middle. The keen observer may also notice that the stamens have an unusual feature, a wing produces from either side. Butterflies love this one.
This common introduced weed has made itself at home on the Ranch among the natives. Its flower heads remain closed for a time, tightly bound by several series of pointed, black-tipped structures. Then the flower heads expand slightly, giving them the appearance of small yellow tufts. As these tufts age they turn white and open up like the beard of an old man.