Hite Cove Trail

There are wonderful wildflower displays each spring along the canyon of the South Fork of the Merced River in the central Sierra Nevada of California. The Hite Cove trail (sometimes known as Hite's Cove or Hites Cove) follows the lower three and one-half miles of the canyon from Savage's Trading Post to Hite Cove. The first flowers appear in February and then increase with the most in bloom in April and May when you may see 50 to 60 different species in bloom along the trail. On this page we are picturing some of the "bulbs" in the broader sense of the word that we have seen in this location.

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Calochortus albus photos were taken by Mary Sue Ittner of this species growing on the Hite Cove Trail blooming April 2005 with Triteleia ixioides ssp. scabra and Collinsia heterophylla.

Calochortus albus with Triteleia, Mary Sue IttnerCalochortus albus, Mary Sue IttnerCalochortus albus with Collinsia, Mary Sue Ittner

Dichelostemma capitatum photos were taken by Nhu Nguyen. Here the bulbs are contrasted against the orange of Eschscholzia caespitosa.

Dichelostemma capitatum, Hite Cove, Nhu NguyenDichelostemma capitatum, Hite Cove, Nhu Nguyen

Dichelostemma volubile photos 1-3 were taken by Mary Sue Ittner April 2005 on the Hite Cove Trail where this plant was twining through and around many shrubs and flowers including Poison Oak. One picture shows it with Dudleya cymosa on a rock with insects and others growing along banks with annuals and twining around itself.

Dichelostemma volubile, Mary Sue IttnerDichelostemma volubile, Mary Sue IttnerDichelostemma volubile, Mary Sue Ittner

Triteleia ixioides ssp. scabra photos were taken on the Hite Cove trail in April 2005 by Mary Sue Ittner. Late in the day it was found growing with various wild flowers including Collinsia heterophylla and Calochortus albus (pictured above with that species).

Triteleia ixioides ssp. scabra, Hite Cove, Mary Sue IttnerTriteleia ixioides ssp. scabra, Hite Cove, Mary Sue Ittner

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