• The Wildflowers: Yellows and whites

    by  • April 29, 2015 • CA natives, Spring • 2 Comments

    “What’s blooming Wednesday”

    In the Sierra foothills, after the blues, of Lupine, Vetch and Blue dicks, the early Spring wildflowers: The blues, come the yellows and whites of April. Have you seen these?

    Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa

    Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa

    All over the roadsides now you’ll see blooming Elderberry bushes, with lemony white umbrel (Umbrella) shaped flowers. have you wondered about them?

     

    Deer Brush, Ceanothus integerrimus

    Deer Brush, Ceanothus integerrimus

    Also the Wild Lilacs, this one called Deer brush or Ceanothus integerrimus, are the ones with long slender white flower sprays, blooming along the same roadsides.

     

    Buckbrush Ceanothus cuneatus, three sizes

    Buckbrush Ceanothus cuneatus, three sizes

    Ceanothus cunneatus or Buckbrush is the other wild lilac that’s just finished blooming. This buckbrush is all over the Mountain Community and in my garden and outlying areas of the place, I have trimmed it, informally sometims, like hedges.

     

    Chaparral Honeysuckle, Lonicera interrupta

    Chaparral Honeysuckle, Lonicera interrupta

    Found twisting up through Manzanita or oak trees, this honeysuckle blooms pale yellow. Very hardy,…if you find it in your garden, don’t mistake it for a weed like I did for awhile! The leaves are the size of pennies. You can chop it to the ground, (thinking it is Poison oak) and it good naturedly grows back thicker than before, with no offense taken. In April the vine sends tendrils up through the tree or bush closest. In May, start looking for the blooms.

     

    Pretty face, Triteleia ixioides

    Pretty face, Triteleia ixioides

    Yellow ‘Pretty Face’, or Triteleia ixioides are blooming now quite thickly in both sun and shade. See A profusion of Pretty Face

     

    White and orange CA poppies

    White and orange CA poppies

    The California poppies are blooming along roadsides and in the new meadow. They are spectacular along with all the other color this spring.  Did you know they came in white, too?

     

    Bear clover, Chamaebatia foliolosa

    Bear clover, Chamaebatia foliolosa

    Bear Clover, Chamaebatia foliolosa, is a native ground cover shrub, in groups, or colonies it carpets the roadsides heading into Yosemite. It grows through underground roots and I encourage it everywhere I see it in the garden, giving it a little water by hand. The blooms will remind you of strawberry flowers, but it’s in the Rose family.

     

    Field of Valley Tassels, Castilleja lineariloba

    Field of Valley Tassels, Castilleja lineariloba

    Soon to come will be the Owl’s clover,…fields of them! It looks like the fields are frosted.

     

    Valley Tassels, Castilleja lineariloba

    Valley Tassels, Castilleja lineariloba

    This particular variety of owl’s clover called Valley Tassels or Castilleja lineariloba grows everywhere in the foothills here.

    About

    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    2 Responses to The Wildflowers: Yellows and whites

    1. April 29, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      California Poppy. We have yellow, white and orange.

    2. laurie zimmer
      April 30, 2015 at 6:33 am

      Thanks for the tour of plants and flowers. It is amazing how one year you’ll see a lot of a certain wildflower and then not as many the next year. Isn’t Spring great?

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