Winter Wildflower Wonderland

California winters provide a surprising variety of colorful flowers growing wild in the hills. Hiking the Westlake Vista trail during February, I spotted these dainty pink shooting stars growing among the grasses.

The shooting star is very striking in groupings. It is a member of the primrose family. I’m pretty sure this variety is Primula clevelandi.

Tall and majestic these white bleeding heart or white ear drops (Ehrendorferia ochroleuca), made quite an impression against the backdrop of the mountains.

Heading up the trail, my companion and I stopped to admired the common stork’s bill or pinwheel (Eurodium cicutarium). It has a very pretty flower but it’s considered a weed. It is not an original California native plant.

The top of Westlake Vista trail overlooks the Westlake Reservoir. It was an exceptional beautiful clear morning.

Fringed linanthus – Linanthus dianthiflorus dotted the rocky soil.

California goldfields spread along the craggy flood plain near the reservoir.

One of the many varieties of Cryptantha perhaps Cryptantha clevelandi.

On the way down from the reservoir my friend and I chose a different path.

The flowers of the deerweed (Acmispon glaber) were lovely!

Purple Nightshade (Solanum xanti) wild flowers were abundant. Could also be Bluewitch Nightshade – Solanum umbelliferum. Both are deadly to humans.

The day was glorious! I was grateful to be able to share California’s beauty with my friend, Sandra, visiting from Germany.

We were excited to see so many varieties of winter wildflowers, like these purple owls clover – Castilleja exerta)

A once majestic burned oak, killed by the Woolsely fire.

Poppies, our beautiful state flower. Who knew February would be such a wildflower wonderland in Westlake Village!

With gratitude, Linda

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11

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