Color on the dunes

Blue bush lupine Lupinus chamissonis

Blue bush lupine
Lupinus chamissonis

Despite the sometimes cold wind, springtime is gentle and subtle along Monterey Bay’s edge.
You have to look closely for it. Here’s a dunes spring sampler.

California poppyEschscholzia californica

California poppy
Eschscholzia californica

Pink sand verbenaAbronia umbellata

Pink sand verbena
Abronia umbellata

Pink sand verbenaAbronia umbellata

Pink sand verbena
Abronia umbellata

Beach primroseCamissoniopsis cheiranthifolia

Beach primrose
Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia

Sea pinkArmeria meritima

Sea pink
Armeria meritima

Monterey paintbrushCastilleja latifolia

Monterey paintbrush
Castilleja latifolia

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References & Resources
Calflora Monterey Coastal Strand Native Taxon List (with photos and info)
California Native Plant Society website
Wildflowers of the Central California Coast website
My thanks to my friend Patti at Sunset Coast Nursery for her help identifying these (and any errors are mine).

About Chris Parsons

A science writer/educator exploring and sharing nature with words and photos to connect, inspire and conserve.
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2 Responses to Color on the dunes

  1. Traci says:

    Great Pics. Don’t you just love spring?

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