Mt Tamalpais wildflowers

A collection of wildflowers from Mt Tamalpais State Park:

Clockwise from top left:
Bushy orange monkeyflower (Diplacus aurantiacus)
Lupine (maybe Lupinus bicolor)
Starflower (Lysimachia trientalis latifolia)
Red larkspur (Delphinium nudicaule)
California goldfields (Lasthenia californica)
Mustard (and a blue flower I need to identify)
The monkeyflower and mustard were on a trail leading to the beach in the last post, part of the park area.
All of the other flowers were along the Cataract Trail on the west slopes of Mt Tamalpais. I walked down from a trail head near the top, through meadows filled with lupine and a scattering of poppies. The starflower and red larkspur were in the wooded ravine closer to the waterfalls. I saw many white irises, a large blue-eyed grass, California Poppy, and other species. I missed seeing an orchid, Fairly slipper (Calypso bulbosa). I was in a hurry to get to the waterfalls before the sun filled the ravine, or I would have spent more time with them. I’d read that the area was rich in wildflowers, but I haven’t visited in April before. It was quite a show.

8 thoughts on “Mt Tamalpais wildflowers

  1. I’d bet that your unidentified plant is the one popularly known as Pride of Madeira. It’s one of the few plants — along with the California poppy — that I remember from my time in the Bay Area. I was completely taken by your red larkspur. I had no idea such a thing existed. I recently posted photos of the blue and white larkspur that are native here, but that one’s glorious.

    • I was excited to see the red larkspur for the first time. It was fairly common along shady parts of the trail. I wish I’d spent more time with it. The pink starflower was a surprise, I’ve only seen the white form here in New England.

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