Wildflowers in bloom

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Fri, 09 May 2003 11:37:09 PDT
Dear All,

As long as we have wildflowers in bloom here in Northern California I'm 
going to try to add a few to the Wiki each week that I have seen in the 
wild. Last week's hike was at Kruz Rhododendron State Park where the native 
Rhododendrons (Rhododendron macrophyllum) were just starting to bloom. My 
offerings are Trillium ovatum:

And this photograph of it at another time when the white flowers had faded 
to rose:

I haven't been very successful in growing this in my garden. I tried direct 
seeding and also started some in a pot. They lasted a couple of years but 
are gone. So perhaps I just have to enjoy them when I am out hiking.

The next picture is Oxalis oregana which is the Oxalis that you find as a 
carpet under our Coast Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens). In some of the 
stands where there is deep shade the Oxalis is one of the few plants that 
grows well.

Under one patch of my Redwoods I have Oxalis oregana, Smilacina stellata, 
Cardamine californica, Lilium maritimum, Dicentra formosa, Chlorogalum 
pomeridanum, Vancouveria planipetala and lots of Viola sempervirens. Under 
another Iris douglasiana and Clintonia andrewsiana. Maybe every time I see 
Trillium seed in the wild I should keep trying to introduce it and some day 
maybe it will take. Now that Jane McGary has made me realize that 
Trientalis latifolia is a tuber I want to look for seed for it too.  We saw 
lots of it in bloom yesterday on my hike (and other geophytes too) so maybe 
next week I'll have time to get yesterday's blooms on the wiki.

Mary Sue

Mary Sue 

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