Deerhorn Valley Wildflower Gallery

This is the start of our Deerhorn Wildflower Gallery. All photos must be taken here in the Deerhorn Valley area, and we invite, encourage, and beg for your help in recording and identifying what is flowering on our hillsides and in our valleys. Since the Harris Fire our chaparral and oak woodland are coming back. Fire-follower wildflowers help set the stage for later growth of manzanita, ceanothus, oak and other larger plants, and Spring 2010 has the most incredible wildflower display I have ever seen.

Please send your photos, or help identify what we post here. Include a quick note about where you found each specimen. We'll be adding new pages, and I'll soon post some of the best online sites for identification. - Kim <rob-kim@deerhornvalley.net>

Here are two of the best online resources I am using for identification (and I still get confused!):

CalFlora San Diego Plant Atlas

A search of the San Diego Plant Atlas produces this list of plants identified in the area of Mother Grundy Peak.

wildflower1Purple Owl's Clover - Deerhorn Grade 4/15

On close inspection the little white petals look like owl eyes sitting in the flower.

wildflower2Purple Owl's Clover (Orthocarpus densiflorus)

- Deerhorn Grade 4/15

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???

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Checkerbloom - Elena Lane (Kim Hamilton)

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Foothill Penstemon(penstemon heterophyllis) - Deerhorn Grade 4/15

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Laurel Sumac (Rob Deason)

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Wild HyacinthBrodiaea pulchella (Rob Deason)

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Bush Poppy (Rob Deason)

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Lotus argophyllus: This little beauty grows right out of cracks in the granite to sunbathe in early spring.

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Lotus argophyllus

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Comarstaphylis ??

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Scarlet Pimpernel - Upper Deerhorn Valley

(Susie Norton)

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Blue elderberry in bloom

( Susie Norton)

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Blue elderberry

(Susie Norton)

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Golden Yarrow - Upper Deerhorn Valley

(Susie Norton)

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Popcorn Flower (Plagiobothrys or Cryptantha?)

Upper Deerhorn Valley ( Susie Norton)

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Chaparral Goldenbush - - Upper Deerhorn Valley

(Susie Norton)

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Chaparral Mallow - Upper Deerhorn Valley

(Susie Norton)

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Chaparral Pea - Deerhorn Grade

(Kim Hamilton)

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Toyon Blooms in July

(P. Dozier)

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