Last Sunday morning Matti, Max and I hit up Fort Funston about four miles south of our place for some wildflower hunting. Thanks to Anni J. at Annie’s, know that the above clump of round yellow blooms is Abronia latifolia, or Sand Verbena. It’s very succulenty. According to Las Pilitas Nursery it likes to be really, really close to the beach, like a couple hundred feet from the surf close. It’s also the sole food source for the almost endangered Copablepharon fuscum or Sand Verbena moth.
This is why we really came to Fort Funston. It’s Dudleya flowering season which means you can actually find them via their red stems and flowers all over the place. Sweet! Pretty sure these are all Dudleya farinosa. We saw some less frosty green guys, too.
One of the coolest things about being the plant sign maker at Annie’s is seeing plants I’ve only read about in the wild for the first time. The even cooler part is being able to identify them. This Cirsium is one of those plants. Here are a few more favorites from the wander around.
Coast Paintbrush - Castilleja affinis
Camissonia cheiranthifolia, I think.
Anyone know what these sand/sun loving ferns are?
Happy Dog Max
Fort Funston’s still full of tons of beachy blooms. It’s chock full of Eriogonums in all shapes and sizes, and oh yeah it’s also an off-leash dog park so bring the puppy. You can check out all our Fort Funston pics are here, including many of Matti looking super excited.
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The Yellow Bush Lupine has been a work horse along the coast, flowering continuously despite San Francisco’s lack of summer rain. Since we last looked at Lupinus arboreus, they’ve grown their fuzzy seed pods which look a lot like hairy … Continue reading →
We were out running Max the Border Collie at Fort Funston, and stumbled upon a half dozen wildflower species that stumped us. I could not figure out the ID on this first wildflower. My best guess is that it is … Continue reading →
We spotted some Blue Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus) on the sand dunes along the southern part of Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Above you can see the Blue Bush Lupine in the middle, some wild Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis) with … Continue reading →