Coastal Wildflowers at FF
We were out running Max the Border Collie at Fort Funston, and stumbled upon a half dozen wildflower species that stumped us.
I could not figure out the ID on this first wildflower. My best guess is that it is some type of Yarrow (Achillea spp.). It has clusters of white flowers, and deep sinuate shaped green leaves.
This is the first time I have seen these white stalk wild flowers. The leaves are silvery gray…and another I cannot ID. Anybody familiar with this flower?
Well, this one was not a wildflower, but was blooming all over the place…the Australian Tea Tree (Leptospermum laevigatum). This shrub / tree grows well in the poorest of soils, and gets a twisted gnarly trunk.
I have seen this dune scrub often at Fort Funston, but never in flower before. Sticking to the white flower theme today, I am including. Ah, ID? Hum. Maybe a Hebe species?
Ending with one of my personal faves of the dunes, the Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis). Often in flower here, but I have yet to see them fruit.
Fort Funston is a sand dune type area that gets a heavy dose of salty winds, and summertime fog. I am still amazed at how adapt some plants are to grow in these conditions. So why call it FF? If we say “Fort Funston” around our border collie, he knows we are talking about the dog park…so now we spell it out. We will see how long that lasts.
— Far Out Flora