Place: Edgewood County Park, 6 Old Stage Coach Road, Redwood City, California
Length: 2.7 miles
The main entrance to Edgewood County Park has a proper parking lot, bathrooms, picnic area and a nice education center that's open on the weekends. Some of the nicest trails begin there too, and all of them start with a good workout ascend.
The hiked the Sylvan-Serpentine-Edgewood trail loop (in yellow) several times this spring, altering once for the Franciscan trail connection (in purple).
|Map section scanned from park's brochure. My trail is labeled yellow (and purple)|
|Sticky Cinquefoil (Drymocallis glandulosa)|
|Wild California Rose (Rosa californica)|
Plenty of other flowers have taken there place, though. No lack of color in May!
|Coffee Cliffbrake (Pallaea andromedifolia)|
|Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum)|
|Yellow Mariposa Lily (Calochortus luteus)|
Of the same genus, the white globe lily, which was at peak bloom in April and on my May hikes I saw only a few late bloomers.
|White Globe Lily (Calochortus albus)|
|Ithuriel's Spear (Triteleria laxa)|
|Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum)|
|Dwarf Brodiaea (Brodiaea terrestris)|
|Bluewitch (Solanum umbelliferum)|
|Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)|
|Coyote Mint (Monardella villosa)|
|Spotted Coralroot (Coralorhiza maculata)|
|Western fence lizards in action.|
|On the trail|
|California Blackberry (Rubus ursinus)|
I searched a little and then walked on.
There is a somewhat confusing 4-way trail intersection there. On one of my May hikes I turned onto Franciscan Trail (purple on the map) that tok me through open grassland patched with multitudes of brilliant little stars.
|A patch of Small-flowred Leptosiphon (Leptosiphon parviflorus)|
|Blow Wives (Achgyrachaena mollis)|
|Bay view from the Franciscan Trail (purple trail on the map)|
|California Buckeye (Aesculus californica)|
And it was there, in the open, that I saw other pretty flowers that weren't blooming yet in April. Some of them invasive, but pretty nonetheless:
|Pale Flax (Linum bienne)|
|The fruit that gave Stork's Bill its name|
|Western Stork's Bill (Erodium cicutarium)|
Another immigrant plant, small and delicate, that caught my eye:
|Garden Burnet (Poterium sanguisorba) non-native|
|Mediterranean Lineseed (Bellardia trixago) non-native, invasive|
|Denseflower Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja densiflora)|
|Sun Cup (Taraxia ovata)|
|Broadleaf Lupine (Lupinus latifolius)|
|Clay Mariposa Lily (Calochortus argillosus)|
|Lupinus sp. (an albino broadleaf?)|
|Sticky Monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus)|
|Rough Hedgenettle (Stachys rigida)|
|Chilean Trefoil (Acmispon wrangelianus)|
|Broadleaf Woodland Star (Trientalis latifolia)|
|American Robin egg shell|
|Mexicali Onion (Allium peninsulare)|
|Golden Brodiaea (Triteleia ixioides)|
Many thanks to the park's educators who put the flower photos on display, thus making it easy for me to match the photo with the plant name!