Elsmere Canyon Plant Life


At the right time of the year (expecially around April and May), Elsmere Canyon contains a very diversified plant population. There are very few plants that I can identify. The following plants that are identified were by Dianne Erskine Hellrigel, Editor-in-Chief of the Santa Clarita based Community Hiking Club. This group goes out on many hikes, not only to Elsmere Canyon, but to all the canyons in Santa Clarita and other areas of Southern California. The hikes are open to the public.

Thanks Dianne.

Please Note: The land is publically owned and it is illegal to remove anything, including plants.


Oak 2919. Probably a Coast Live Oak


A very rare Humboldt Lily, my favorite plant in Elsmere Canyon. I have seen them at only one difficult to get to location in the canyon.


Same plant in 2008 about three years after previous picture was taken


Bush Lupine


Bush Lupine


Yerba Santa


Yellow Sweet Clover


Tree Tobacco


California Wild Blackberries at different stages of ripeness


California Wild Blackberry. Note the "hairy" stems. Poison oak stems are smooth.


Poison Oak. The leaves often turn red in the right season.


Dark green Poison Oak left of the lighter green California Wild Blackberry. They look very similar.


Poison Oak leaves, always a "threesome"


Berry leaves


White Hedge Nettle


Popcorn Flower


Sticky Monkey Flower


Caterpillar Phaceliar


Leaves from Milk Thistle. Fruits from Wild Cucumber (aka Manroot)


Annual Paintbrush


Figwort


Moth Mullein


Moth Mullein


Creek Monkey Flower


Creek Monkey Flower


Western Morning Glory


Western Morning Glory


Willow Herb


Purple (or White depending on flowers) Hedge Nettle


Narrow Leaved Cattail


Narrow Leaved Cattail




Cobweb Thistle



Black Mustard


Golden Yarrow


Golden Yarrow


Golden Yarrow on the left and Sticky Monkey Flower on the right


Clarkia - probably Elegant Clarkia


Round Leaved Boykinia

















California Everlasting (aka Pearly Everlasting)


California Everlasting


Canyon Dudleya


Canyon Dudleya


Canyon Dudleya


Chalk Dudleya (the succulent)


Yucca


Yucca Whippelei


Red Willow


Chaparral Pea (aka Wild Sweet Pea)


Speckled Clarkia


Rabbit's Foot Grass


Elderberry


Elderberry


Coastal Lotus



Big Berry Manzanita


Rabbitbrush



Ghostly Rubber Rabbitbrush in seed


Chaparral Currant


Area filled with ferns high up on the south face below the cliff


Closer view of ferns


Purple Nightshade


White Nightshade


(pink) Prickly Phlox


Bush Mallow


Gourds - Calabazilla (aka Stinking Gourd). Plant - Yerba Santa


Tamarisk - A non-native, invasive plant. If it was legal, the plant should be removed.


Scrub Oak


Wild flowers (mainly yellow California poppies) above the jack plant





Mushrooms














You may have noticed that in early 2009 the MRCA has begun planting "native" plants at the bottom of the creek bed (photo taken on 5/2/2009)


12/26/2010. The new plants seem to be thriving.


They already tried this and failed where the road crosses the aqueduct. You may have seen the dead plants there. (photo taken 3/29/2009)


12/26/2010


An MRCA ranger is hand watering here. They have installed sprinklers now.


12/26/2010. When will the MRCA quit using sprinkers?