Unfinished Business

OK OK I get it… My inbox was flooded when I cavalierly skipped the “Bloom of the Month” for March.  Such vituperative venom and vehemence, I was verily vexed.  Humblest apologies and prostrations, I planned to remedy this abomination until…

Then there was the clamoring for everyone’s favorite, “Family Affair” which has fallen off the proverbial map.  How dare I allow such a Rambler mainstay to wither.  Well I intend to set this whole kerfuffle aright with one swell foop…er… fell swoop.  Without further ado and bloviation I present…

Camissonia californica

Camissonia californica

This little beauty is the mustard evening primrose.  Currently showing on many trails near you, usually on steep rocky hillsides common in Rice Canyon, Sisar Canyon and Cozy Dell.  This of course means that our Family is Onagraceae, the Evening Primrose, or sometimes called the willowherb family.

Members of the family are mostly herbaceous in our area, the distinguishing characteristic being the four petals and four sepals.  Fuchsia’s sepals are red so it looks like it has 8 petals:

Epilobium canum

Epilobium canum

The other common evening primrose in these parts is Hooker’s:

Oenothera hookeri

Oenothera hookeri

These are biennials, first year foliage, second year they bloom.  And oh do they bloom, vivid large yellow flowers for most of the summer.  You may even see them on the side of the highway.  They planted some in the Ojai Meadow Preserve and they are happily spreading, making great shelter for birds.

Also in the meadow and not quite as welcome is the field willowherb.  It’s pretty when it blooms but man is it everywhere.

Epilobium brachycarpum

Epilobium brachycarpum

Another naughty invasive, this one non-native is called Drummond’s Gaura, pretty flowers, rough to get rid of:

gaura

I’m pretty sure we have suncups (camissonia) around here, can anyone confirm or deny?

Camissonia bistorta

Camissonia bistorta

Last but certainly not least is a whole mess of clarkias.

Clarkia purpurea

Clarkia purpurea

The colors of purple clarkia are greatly varied, these start blooming in May usually.  Then there are the two pink-cupped clarkias which I sometimes confuse… Farewell-to-Spring I see in only one spot on the side of Kennedy Ridge:

Clarkia bottae

Clarkia bottae

And the other i see prostrate in the part shade of Wills Canyon:

Large godetia

Large godetia

And finally the ubiquitous Elegant clarkia, who are currently stretching their 5 foot stalks before blooming in May:

Clarkia unguiculata

Clarkia unguiculata

I think that’s about all of them did I miss anything?  Now stop buggin’ me!  Oh and don’t forget the new events calendar, lots of juicy stuff… Enjoy the weekend.

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2 Responses to Unfinished Business

  1. Myrna says:

    reading all of your delightful blogs … life in spring just full of busy-ness and that means veggie garden, a ton of house guests, museum and photo club press and some travel … spring is about over and i have not had much time to hike …

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