May 25, 2017

Point Reyes National Park

Wildflowers of Point Reyes National Park

If you love wildflowers, Point Reyes National Park is the place for you. Point Reyes National Park is located on the Pacific ocean in the Point Reyes Peninsula in Marin County, California.  It is considered a prized national seashore, making up 71,028 acres of preserved land, just north of San Francisco.  In the spring and summer, the gently rolling hills and magnificent cliffs of the scenic park erupts into bright, vibrant blooms of wildflowers.

Although the quantity of wildflowers in a given year changes due to factors including amount of sun exposure, quantity of rain fall and available soil nutrients, you will never be disappointed about the variety of wildflowers that can be spotted here. The months of March, April, and May are the best time to see the wildflowers in all of their splendor, although it is not uncommon to see wildflowers from February through until August.

Sisyrinchium bellum, another one of the gorgeous wildflowers found in Point Reyes National Seashore

Within the park, wildflowers can most abundantly be found located within Abbotts Lagoon, Chimney Rock and Tomales Point areas. Some of the most commonly seen flowers in the park are California poppy, paintbrush, lupines, gold fields, iris, monkey flower, tidy tips and buttercups. Some of the flowers that are blooming in Point Reyes during May include the yellow sand verbena with its spherical cluster of tantalizing yellow flowers, the pale flax, and the California poppy with its distinctive bright orange color.

It's easy to see the understated beauty of the Blue Flax in this photographHere you can see the distinctive California poppy, commonly found within the park

One of the best ways to see the true magnificence of the wildflowers is by taking a stroll on one of the numerous hiking trails within the park.  One of the best rated hikes to see wildflowers is the moderately strenuous Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls Trail in the southern end of the park. This trail is a little rocky, but has a great waterfall and great views along the trail.  Another great hike for wildflowers is the Point Reyes National Seashore Trail that makes a giant loop near the center of the park.  

Hiking the majestic Tomales Point Trail on Point Reyes

When visiting national parks, please always remember that wildflowers are protected by law in these parks. We do not recommend picking the wildflowers or trampling them by walking off trail. Many sensitive ecosystems are impacted negatively if you stray off trail, so please be trail-wise and make your mark by taking only pictures and experiences.

If you love wildflowers, Seedles are a great way to bring the happiness and joy that wildflowers have to offer into your space. Whether you have a container garden or acres of land, we make planting wildflowers easy. Just scatter them around your property, or plant them carefully in pots. Whether you throw them or grow them, there is always a way you can bring these wildflowers home with you to enjoy for years to come!

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