More wildflowers in bloom

Mary Sue Ittner
Fri, 06 Jun 2003 21:34:15 PDT
Dear All,

Yesterday was a hike day and we saw some wonderful rock gardens created by 
Mother Nature at Salt Point State Park on the Sonoma coast. There were 
Alliums in the rock, Brodiaea terrestris in the pathway (where it has less 
competition from the grasses) and Triteleia laxa in bloom as well. The 
Dudleya was especially wonderful, but I guess showing a picture of it would 
be out of bounds although there are some geophytic Dudleyas I understand.

A few people joined us afterwards to go back to see the Alliums in the spot 
I showed them in bud before. Here they are blooming at last:…
We thought you might like to see this one growing in the rocks (and that 
will allow me to show the Dudleya too). It was too dangerous for Bob to 
climb down the cliff to get very close to it, but it is amazing to see how 
it is growing.…

Finally in honor of species Lily week today Bob photographed Lilium 
martimum, a rare California North Coast lily found in scrub, fens, and 
openings of closed pine cone forests. These are in an undeveloped area that 
is wet late and very near some blooming Rhododendron occidentale.…
In Peggy Fiedler's book, Rare Lilies of California she describes this one 
as easier to grow in cultivation than some of the other rare ones: Lilium 
bolanderi, L. humboldtii, and L. vollmeri. Two other rare ones she says are 
also possible to cultivate: Lilium occidentale and L. pitkinense.

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers

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