Go now. Go anywhere in the Santa Cruz Mountains now to hike in the fresh air and catch the spring wildflower bloom because it is moving fast. We had lower than average rainfall this winter, so the fields are not heavy with flowers. Still, there is a good variety of colors and shapes to enjoy, just more widely spaced apart.
|Quite a color combination - Butter 'n' eggs (Triphysaria eriantha).|
|This flower never opens up more than this . .|
|. . . until it pops out in seed and is called blow wives (Achyrachaena mollis).|
|California plantain (Plantago erecta) whose narrow leaves are fodder for caterpillars.|
|California balsamroot (Balsamorhiza macrolepis)|
|Waving fields of purple needlegrass (Stipa pulchra).|
|Go now to the spring fields of California.|
|California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) frame an unusually etched rock in the serpentine field.|
This post is part of a series of Wildflower Hotspots of the Santa Cruz Mountains.