Common Madia Madia elegans LAUREL DELL
This is definitely not your ordinary yellow daisy. Madia is a 3- to
5-foot-tall annual wildflower that blooms when most other natives
are slowing down. Two-inch showy bright yellow blooms are an
important nectar source for bees and butterflies in the late seasons, and this plant reliably re-seeds itself. Deer leave this madia
alone, perhaps because the leaves and stems are dressed with
sticky, aromatic hairs. Some say the plant’s velvety foliage and
flowers smell like pineapple.
STICK Y MONKEY FLOWER Diplacus
MATT DAVIS TRAIL
Bright trumpet-shaped flowers attract
hordes of hummingbirds and humans alike.
The name perhaps comes from the resinous leaves that feel sticky when touched. In
dry, hot summers this plant begins looking
bedraggled and then goes dormant.
CHECKERBLOOM Sidalcea malviflora
This is a prolific perennial native wildflower that spreads by seed and rhizome.
Reportedly the Coast Miwok in Sonoma and
Marin counties baked and ate the leaves,
and the seeds were pounded into seed flour.
When hiking, be sure to stop and admire
the checkerbloom’s delicate pink display,
because sources say it is mildly endangered.
MANZANITA Arctostaphylos species
ROCK SPRING TRAIL
Popular for its shiny mahogany-colored
bark, manzanitas also have urn-shaped
flowers rich in nectar that sustains many
forms of wildlife. The plant also has superior drought tolerance.