Signs of Spring … Gold

April 8th, 2014 | by | 1 Comment
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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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  1. Hans Boerger says:

    April 10th, 2014 at 11:15 am (#)

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for drawing my attention to this wonderful little flower. I have not spotted it in the Parksville area, but now that I know what to look for, hopefully I can locate a patch.

    Yesterday saw my first checkered beetle (Enoclerus eximius). Very colorful with its black head and thorax and orange-red wings with black spots. Felt really good to identify it with help of BugGuide and get to know another resident of our beach. Collected it on driftwood which seems to be its common habitat here on the coast. Evidently, they are a common in spring. Will check your blog to see if you have written about it.

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