Cottam Meadow

Ken got together a group to run the blue canyon loop last weekend. I couldn’t make it, but it reminded me that I hadn’t been down there in a month or two. There are several things that only bloom in Cottam Meadow and I really should go and check them out to see if any were blooming this spring.

When I ran into the meadow from Forbush it looked like a sea of Purple Larkspurs. But that section came to an end and then there were strange little suncups I’d never noticed before, some tiny gold fields, an odd mint (probably) and on and on…
Goldfields

Cottam Meadow
Purple Larkspur
Soap Plant
Miners’ Lettuce
California Saxifrage
Sanicle
Common Lomatium
Silver Puffs
Mountain Dandelion
?Common gold fields
Popcornflower
Variable Linanthus
Long-spurred Plectritis
Chinese Houses
Sandysoil Suncup
Bird’s Foot Sevenfoil (I can’t really identify this, looks like Bird’s Foot Trefoil except it has 7 leaves not 3)
Long Beaked Storksbill
Red-Stemmed Storksbill
Johny Jump-Ups
Hoary Leaved Ceanothus
Mistletoe (not blooming)

Blue Canyon Trail (Forbush to Cottam)
Blue Dicks (175 plants in bloom)
Common Lomatium
Sanicle
California Sweet Cicely
Coastal Sagebush (out of season)
Silver Puffs
Fiesta Flower
Common Bedstraw
Pacific Pea
Sky Lupine
Arroyo Lupine
Scrub Oak
Poison Oak

Forbush Meadow
Butterfly Mariposa Lily basal leaves
Miners’ Lettuce
Sanicle
California Sweet Cicely
Popcornflower
Spring Whitlow Grass
Mountain Mahogany
Sticky Potentilla

Cold Spring Trail (Camino Cielo to Forbush)
Blue Dicks
Purple Larkspur
Chaparral Currant
California Sweet Cicely
Woolly Fruited Lomatium
Southern Tauscia
Hedge Parsley
Silver Puffs
Common Fiddleneck
Greatberry Manzanita
Eastwood Manzanita
Prickly Phlox
Flowering Ash
Coastal Indian Paintbrush
Purple Nightshade
Fringe Pod
Common Manroot
Pacific Pea
Scrub Oak
Red-Stemmed Storksbill
Sticky Potentilla
California Blackberry
Skunkbush

Cold Spring Trail (Powerlines to Camino Cielo)
Star Lily
Bay Laurel
Wishbone Bush
Southern Tauscia
Beggar’s Ticks
Eastwood Manzanita
Prickly Phlox
Silk Tassel Bush
Black Sage
Purple Nightshade
Common Manroot
Deerweed
Scrub Oak
Red-Stemmed Storksbill
Common Rush-Rose
Bigpod Ceanothus

Cold Fire Area
Blue Dicks
Windmill Pink
Buckwheat
Red-Maids (buds)
Canyon Sunflower
Twocolor Cudweed
Popcornflower
Graceful Bedstraw
Woolly Indian Paintbrush
Coastal Morning Glory
Common Manroot
Bird’s Foot Sevenfoil (I can’t really identify this, looks like Bird’s Foot Trefoil except it has 7 leaves not 3)
Chaparral Lotus
Stinging Lupine
Red-Stemmed Storksbill
Common Rush-Rose
California pellitory

Cold Spring Trail (Trailhead to Powerlines)
Blue Dicks
Bush Poppy
Fine Leaved Frumitory
Fendler’s Meadow Rue
Wishbone Bush
Sanicle
Hedge Parsley
Beggar’s Ticks
Sticky Snakeroot
Canyon Sunflower
Fiesta Flower
Eastwood Manzanita
Periwinkle
Common Bedstraw
Chinese Houses
White Nightshade
Purple Nightshade
Black Mustard
Shepherd’s Purse
Milk Maids
Hedge Mustard
Common Manroot
Chaparral Lotus
Pacific Pea
Coast Live Oak
Red-Stemmed Storksbill
Yellow Sorrel
Burmuda Buttercup

Mountain Dr.
Asphodel
Blue Dicks
Chickweed
Common Purslane
Pineapple Weed
Canadian Horseweed
Telegraph Weed
Common Sow-Thistle
Milk Thistle
Sticky Snakeroot
Bush Sunflower
White Phacelia
Blue Elderberry
Coastal Morning Glory
Tree Tobacco
White Nightshade
Black Mustard
Field Mustard
Sweet Alssum
Radish
Common Manroot
Birds Foot Trefoil
Miniature Lupine
Stinging Lupine
Arroyo Lupine
Yellow Sweet Clover
Coast Live Oak
Long Beaked Storksbill
Red-Stemmed Storksbill
Bull Mallow
Punchbowl Clarkia
Yellow Sorrel
Burmuda Buttercup
Bigpod Ceanothus
Greenbark Ceanothus

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