Signs of Spring … Gold

Apr 8, 2014 | by | 1 Comment

Gold Star (Crocidium multicaule)

A constellation of Gold Star (Crocidium multicaule) in the dunes at Point Holmes, Comox, BC.

One of the most beautiful early blooming spring flowers on the east coast of Vancouver Island is gold star or common spring-gold (Crocidium multicaule). In the Comox Valley the best show is along the narrow stretch of sandy “dunes” between the road and beach at Point Holmes. Kin Beach and the dunes at Goose Spit are other good locations as well.

Gold Star (Crocidium multicaule)

The golden sunflower-like flowers of Gold Star (Crocidium multicaule) are composed of both ray and disk flowers.

This is a flower that is very easy to miss due to its small size. In addition, it is restricted to a few small areas and very specific habitat. Unfortunately it prefers to be close to the edge of the beach and grows near areas where there is a fair amount of traffic from walkers making their way down to the water. It is vulnerable to trampling and disturbance—make sure to practice good no trace ethics when viewing or photographing this sensitive plant.

Common Spring-gold (Crocidium multicaule)

The bloom of Common Spring-gold (Crocidium multicaule) is a sign of spring on Vancouver Island, BC.

The early bloom of common spring-gold is a sure sign that spring has finally arrived. And what a delightful sign it is!

Photographs of previous year’s blooms can be found at:


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