If you’ve been on a hike or driven past open space anytime in the last few weeks you have been witness to an amazing number of blooms. Two you can’t help but notice are black sage (Salvia mellifera) and yellow bush snapdragon (Keckiella antirrhinoides). Black sage has profuse spires stacked with spheres of white flowers and a smell that makes you want to crush a leaf and tape it to your nose. Yellow bush snapdragon is beyond cheerful with its bright yellow explosion of flowers, a little burst of sunshine along the path! These pics were taken along the path that parallels Oak Glen Rd near the regional park in Yucaipa. Go take a look!
Black sage in the foreground tucked in tight with the snapdragon.
An amazing swath of black sage’s white spires backed by the bush snapdragon’s yellow blanket.
Acmispon glaber (used to be Lotus scoparius) is host to over four different native butterfly species! The plants are in bloom all over the place right now in SoCal. The flowers start yellow and once pollinated or upon aging turn a beautiful red orange color. It’s nothing to write home about in its off season, a bunch of little sticks really, but when it comes back to life it’s delicate leaves, cheerful little flowers, nitrogen fixing capabilities and being a host to so many butterflies makes it a native you’ll want to have! (The picture below shows Deerweed nestled in amongst some buckwheat branches.)
Better in person! Looks like a light dusting of snow in the wash! The leaves on this plant smell great too. This is right below Bryant, in between Date and Oak Glen Rd in the wash. (Yucaipa, CA).
The textures and colors were so calming, I didn’t do it justice.