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INTRODUCTION: This page has been called "What's Blooming" since the website began (in 2000). It originally posted pictures of  plants endemic to the Burton Mesa Chaparral (BMC) that were found blooming at the Chaparral Botanic Garden (CBG). Beginning Sept 2015, in recognition that local endemic botanic specimens can be found in several places outside the CBG, such as the Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve; and that as plants go through the seasons, photos of them without blooms may be of interest, the page will evolve to represent native plants blooming and not blooming, that are found inside and outside the botanic garden. Eventually there will be a link to show non-native plants that have succeeded in the Mediterranean climate at the City of Lompoc Drought Tolerant Garden and Beattie Park.

Drought has affected the number of blooms seen in 2013 through 2015. Some species, like Rush-Rose (see 2012 photos farther below) were not seen blooming (or were not photographed) since 2012.  Others, like the Lompoc Monkey Flower, manage to bloom abundantly, despite the drought.

ABOUT THE LOCATIONS: The Chaparral Botanic Garden is located on the campus of Allan Hancock College approximately one mile north of Lompoc, California on State Hwy #1. The Garden is operated jointly by Allan Hancock College and the Lompoc Valley Botanic and Horticultural Society. For visitor information, call (805) 735-3366 or (805) 736-7633. The Burton Mesa Eco-Reserve has many unmarked criss-crossing trails: a couple trailheads (click here for map of "Muffin Hill Trail") can be found north of Vandenberg Village (behind Cabrillo High School or at the north end of Vanguard Dr), and another trailhead is to the west of Harris Grade Road near its intersection with Rucker Road. More details about the Eco-Reserve, including hiking information can be found HERE.


The LVBHS "mascot" featured on the cover page of our newsletter is Lompoc Monkey FlowerMimulus aurrantiacus Subsp. Lompocensis.  Abundant in the Burton Mesa habitat, it was found blooming on the Burton Mesa on March 28, 2013. Photo by Al Thompson.


The following bloomed in mid-June of 2014 and 2015.  Photos were taken at the Chaparral Botanic Garden and at various trails in the Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve and in Burton Mesa Chaparral, including at La Purisima Mission. Credit for photos: Al Thompson, except where otherwise noted.

Coulter's Snapdragon (Antirrhinum coulterianum). Uncommon.

Coulter's Snapdragon (Antirrhinum coulterianum)     

Golden Yarrow (Eriophyllum confertiflorum). Common.   

 Chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum). Prevalent chaparral shrub.
Close-up of bloom                                                             Chamise shrub

left, Seacliff Buckwheat (Eriogonum parvifolium)    
right, California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum subsp. fasciculatum)


 California Spineflower (Mucronea californica). Uncommon.
Close-up, Photo by Dave Pierce                                                    
Wedge-leaved Horkelia  (Horkelia cuneata)
Elderberry (Sambucus mexicana)
Black Sage (Salvia mellifera)
Fringed Indian Pink (Silene laciniata subsp. Major). Possible variation!
California Croton (Croton californicus).  Low growing, common in sandy soils.



yellow flrs
  Deerweed Acmispon glaber   Rush-Rose  Helianthemum scoparium

  Bush Monkeyflower   Mimulus aurantiacus   Golden Yarrow  Eriophyllum confertiflorum

Check these out! "Yellow Composite of the Month"- "Big Stinker found at sewer plant!"

Try this site for more wildflowers  or  take a look at this Herbarium

Created by Warren Arnold  cwarrenarnold@verizon.net and Revised by Julie Levy Sep 16, 2015; Jun 1, 2017 justinfo@hotmail.com

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