Gold Star in Bloom

A trio of Gold Stars (Crocidium multicaule) at Point Holmes, Comox, BC. One of the first wildflowers to bloom here in the Comox Valley is the gold star (Crocidium multicaule). Usually you can expect to see it in early March and this year it was right on schedule, brightening up the coastal gravel flats at Point Holmes and Kin Beach. …

A Good Bloom of Bare-stem Desert-parsley

The yellow flowers of Bare-stem Desert-parsley (Lomatium nudicaule) are everywhere on the shorelines of Vancouver Island. I’ve been noticing lately that Bare-stem Desert-parsley (Lomatium nudicaule) is in bloom everywhere on the open sandy areas on the coast here on Vancouver Island. It’s not a spectacular plant but it is interesting when one takes a closer look at it. The flowers …

Spring Gold

Gold Star (Crocidium multicaule) showing both the ray flowers (outer petals) and disk flowers (center cluster). The problem with common names of plants is that sometimes two very different looking plants have the same common name. Such is the case with Common Spring-Gold (Crocidium multicaule) and Spring-Gold (Lomatium utriculatum). These two plants belong in completely different families, the former is …