|Santa Teresa County Park featuring California poppy and gypsum spring beauty|
The Friends of Santa Teresa Park is a volunteer organization that supports the park and maintains a website of information. Ron Horii posts hike information there with photos of specific trails often featuring wildflowers and he allowed me to use some of his photos above when I made a presentation about wildflower hotspots to the California Native Plant Society.
|Fremont's star lily|
Santa Clara County Parks lists upcoming activities on its website including hikes, family events and classes. I just checked and the upcoming March 23, 2013 hike in Santa Teresa County Park on Nature Journaling is full with 2 people on the waiting list! Looks like there are some fun activities in the park but you better sign up early or hike on your own from the Fortini Trailhead. The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is having their annual hike to Coyote Lake on March 31, 2013, which will be another good south San Francisco Bay region hike. I went on their Coyote Lake hike last year and was impressed with the flowers at the serpentine areas.
|Fetid adder's tongue, common in redwood forest but sometimes found in other shady spots. Maybe not at Santa Teresa County Park but definitely at Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve|
Santa Teresa County Park probably has similar wildflowers in the grasslands and oak understory right now. If you go, please let us know what you see in the comments below.
|Blue-eyed grass and popcorn flower|
This post is part of a series of Wildflower Hotspots of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
California poppy Eschscholzia californica
Gypsum spring beauty, Claytonia gypsophiloides
Shooting star, Dodecatheon hendersonii
Hounds tongue, Cynoglossum grande
Fetid adder's tongue, Scoliopus bigelovii
Giant trillium, Trillium chloropetalum
Warrior's plume, Pedicularis densiflora
Blue blossom, Ceonothus thyrsiflorus
Fremont's star lily, Toxicoscordion fremontii
Blue dicks, Dichelostemma capitatum spp. capitatum
Blue-eyed grass, Sisyrinchium bellum
Popcorn flower, Plagiobothrys nothofulvus
Blue oak, Quercus douglasii