By Matt Dolkas,
Content Marketing Manager

Get your hiking boots ready!Wildflowers of the Bay Area - POST

It’s time to get out on the trails and experience one of the best parts of spring in the Bay Area — wildflowers! And, with rain in the forecast again, it’s looking like this will be another great year for our wildflower displays.

To make it as easy for you to find and connect with our local wildflowers, we put together this field guide: Wildflowers of the Bay Area. It’s mobile-friendly and will help you easily find, identify and learn more about 30 of our favorite wildflowers.

I love learning about new wildflowers. It’s like making a new friend. Something about knowing a plant’s name and its story changes your experience with it and heightens your appreciation.

Like, for example, did you know that sticky monkey flowers actually stick to clothing? Or that Indian paintbrush are parasitic plants that feed on the roots of other plants? Wild, eh? I recently learned these factoids and it’s really changed my perspective.

But let’s get real. Probably the best part about the spring wildflower blooms are those big, showy blankets of flowers where the ground is exploding with color.

Where to find the best wildflower blooms?

Our wildflower guide has more information about the timing of the blooms for individual flowers. But here are a few of the places we suggest to see some of the best displays of color and when we suggest you visit:

Edgewood Wildflowers - POST

Edgewood County Park

When to visit:
Late March to mid-April

Where to park: Click here

Where to go: Follow the Clarkia Trail to the Sunset Trail, turn left followed by a quick right on the Serpentine Trail. The serpentine soil in this portion of the preserve boasts some of the preserve’s best displays of spring flowers.

Preserve information: Click here

Calero County Park Wildflowers - POST

Calero County Park

When to visit:
 Late March to mid-April

Where to park: Click here

Where to go: Follow the Los Cerritos Trail, turn left on the Peña Trail to the junction with the Serpentine Loop Trail. Follow this loop trail around a large outcropping of serpentine soil before retracing your steps to the parking area.

Preserve information: Click here

Photo credits:  Edgewood bloom, Tom Hilton, 2016; Calero bloom, Philip Bouchard, 2012

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