photo from the gallery of native plants and wildflowers

My top 10 plants in 2010!

Here's my top 10 list for 2010 - native plants and wildflowers - the most abundant, the most elusive, the most short lived (isn't that a contradiction?).

The top 10 stand-outs in 2010
yellow pincushion
yellow pinchusion

  1. chaenactis glabriuscula var. glabriuscula - yellow pincushion
    • These tall beautys filled a field by the middle of May 2010, towering over all other flowers - of which you could get a glimpse of pink or blue occasionally.
  2. eriophyllum confertiflorum - golden yarrow
    • The golden yarrow has claimed a border area and is stretching out. Yellow is the color for 2010 apparently. It wasn't as prolific as some other plants like the lotus scoparius (there's a reason it is called deer "weed" I suppose), but the wash of yellow where it wasn't the year before was beautiful. The yarrow blooms earlier and lasts longer - a real favorite
  3. lithophragma affine - woodland star
    • Just try to say lithophragma affine and not get a smile on your face! And looking at them gives the same feeling. They've multiplied nicely in their woodland glen, the delicate white flowers waving on tall graceful stalks.
  4. penstemon spectabilis - showy penstemon
    • The name says it all
  5. centaurium venustum - canchalagua
    • small and compact, lots of these little pretty-in-pink plants this year. Didn't see that many in 2009
  6. helianthemum scoparium - yellow rock-rose or rush rose
    • Love this plant, blooms early and long
  7. phacelia minor - wild canterbury bells
    • The masses of phacelia in previous years are being replaced by other plants. Had to go farther to really scorched areas to see huge masses of only canterbury bells.
  8. eriastrum sapphirinum - sapphire woolly star
    • So small, mingling among the fringed spineflower. These little flowering plants don't stay around very long, but seeing them is very cool
  9. solanum parishii - parish nightshade
    • This is a great plant! Pretty purple blossoms most of the year, and stays green and compact. Transplanted easily also
  10. chorizanthe fimbriata - fringed spineflower
    • Spineflower doesn't sound so great, but masses of pink in bare spots is.
venus looking glass
venus looking glass

The most surprising 2010, AND the most short-lived The most elusive The most prolific in 2010
whispering bells
whispering bells

The most missed The most unappealing 2010
  • malosma laurina - laurel sumac
    • Sumac remains my top most unappealing plant. These plants like to take over. The leaves can cause skin irritation so don't handle them. The scientific name says it all - "malosma laurina" - mal means bad in Spanish.

Notes from 2010
Spring Wildflowers 2010 - gallery of what was blooming in the spring of 2010
march 2010
What a change from last spring - in the middle of March there weren't nearly as many Lupinus Hirsutisimus or Phacelia Minor (stinging lupine and wild canterbury bells) in the same areas as last year due to a growing lotus scoparius population. See what was blooming March 2010 or view the entire Fallbrook Source wildflower collection.
may 2010 The March and April wildflowers have set their seed, miner's lettuce has been gone for quite awhile... what's next? This year the camissonia californica, california primrose or suncup, are blooming far behind the canterbury bells. The california primrose are tall and leggy, but if you don't like the way they look to begin with, just wait and you will be rewarded with their beautiful delicate blossoms.