Left: Mule Ears; Photo Credit: Mason Cummings
Upper Right: California Poppy; Photo Credit: Dan Ng
Lower Right: Columbine; Photo Credit: Dan Ng

Each year Bay Area national park lands are blanketed with a spectacular array of wildflowers. Between December and July (exact dates depend on amount and timing of rainfall each year), visitors are treated to continuously changing displays of blossoms across a wide range of park habitats. The first part of the season is the time to see manzanita, milkmaids, shooting stars, Indian warriors, bush and California poppies, fiddleneck, peppergrass, fiesta flower, baby blue-eyes, footsteps of spring, goldfields, coast blue blossom, and sticky monkey flower. Later on Johnny-jump-ups, virgin's bower, gilia, suncups, chia, black sage, pitcher sage, larkspur, and bush lupine come into bloom. Chamise, buckwheat, clarkias, orchids, penstemons, and roses, pearly everlasting and California asters, scarlet and seep monkey flowers, bleeding heart, and columbine close out the season. Like other park resources, wildflowers are protected for the ecological benefits they provide and for the enjoyment of everyone. Please don’t pick or trample wildflowers.