Fort Funston’s Wildflower Freakout

Dudleya farinosa

Originally posted: July 8, 2011

Last Sunday morning Matti, Max and I hit up Fort Funston about four miles south of our place for some wildflower hunting. 

Dudleya farinosa

This is why we really came to Fort Funston. It’s Dudleya flowering season which means you can actually find them via their red stems and flowers all over the place. Sweet! Pretty sure these are all Dudleya farinosa. We saw some less frosty green guys, too.

Abronia latifolia

The above clump of round yellow blooms is Abronia latifolia, or Sand Verbena. It’s very succulenty. According to Las Pilitas Nursery it likes to be really, really close to the beach, like a couple hundred feet from the surf close. It’s also the sole food source for the almost endangered Copablepharon fuscum or Sand Verbena moth.

Cirsium occidentale
Coast Paintbrush – Castilleja affinis
Erigeron glaucus
 Pretty plants
Dudleya farinosa
Artemisia californica
Camissonia cheiranthifolia
Max the Border Collie

Fort Funston’s still full of tons of beachy blooms. It’s chock full of Eriogonums in all shapes and sizes, and oh yeah it’s also an off-leash dog park so bring the puppy. You can check out all our Fort Funston pics are here, including many of Matti looking super excited.

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