Open Space Background

Wildflowers in Shell Ridge

March 10, 2004

In spite of the recent warm spell, this is a late year, mostly because of the cool rainy weather in February. Therefore, normal blooming is about 2 to 3 weeks overdue. Yet, there are tens of millions of flowers on these hills we will walk today. The trouble is there are only a few different kinds of flowers. Our walk took us from the Sutherland entrance (off of Walnut Blvd.) to Shell Ridge, taking the road to the right past Bramhall Pond, up the hill to Ginder Gap, up the narrow footpath to the crest of Shell Ridge, along the summit, down the switchback, near Indian Valley school, down the hill to Indian Pond and back to the entrance again. This is about a four-mile walk and will take about 90 minutes. Today I saw about 22 species of wildflowers and more will come every day now. These were:

Flower   Refs.  
Common Name Color (1)(2) Location
Blue Dicks Blue 352 Top of Shell Ridge (SR)
Blue-eyed Grass Blue 350 Near Bramhall Pond
Wally Baskets Blue 352 Near broken bench
California Poppies Orange 224 Spread around
Red Owl's Clover Pink 240 One on top of SR
Vetch Pink 326 All over - yet to bloom
Arroyo Lupine Purple 376 Top of SR
Filaree - storksbill Purple 286 Roadsides
Geranium Purple 284 Roadsides
Shooting Stars Purple 246 Top of SR
Fremont's Camas White 6 Back of Fossil Hill
Miner's Lettace White 294 Millions of blooms
Nemophylla White 74 Tousands of blooms
Peppergrass White 24 Roadsides
Poison Oak White ----- Top of SR
Shepherd's Purse White 26 Roadsides
Wavy Leaf Soap Plant White 12 All over
Buttercups Yellow 154 Spread around
Common Butterweed Yellow 208 Roadsides
Fiddleneck Yellow 226 Top of SR
Lotus Yellow 180 Roadsides
Mule Ears Yellow 184 Top of SR
Mustard Yellow 140 Spread around
California Sage ----- ----- Top of SR