Spring Wildflowers near Gaviota

by Seasonal Wisdom on March 20, 2016

wild mustards and lupin near gaviotaThis year’s El Nino weather has brought more rain to California, leaving the fields filled with wildflowers such as these wild mustard and lupin flowers blooming near Gaviota in Santa Barbara County.

Take an armchair tour of these spring meadows and get a good online resource for wildflowers in this area.Wild lupin flower

A pretty purple lupin was just some of the wildflowers spotted in Gaviota, just north of Santa Barbara, the day before the spring equinox.

wildflowers near gaviota pierThe fields of wild mustard flowers can be seen in this photo of the Gaviota pier, which is currently closed due to a severe recent storm.

wildflowers near gaviotaHere’s another mustard-filled field on a hiking trail to the Gaviota Wind Caves.  We didn’t make it to the caves, but this blogger did. Check out these photos by California Though My Lens.

Sambucus mexicana near GaviotaCalifornia’s native elderberries (Sambucus mexicana) are a riot of flowers at the moment.  Eventually, these flowers will become blue berries beloved by many species of birds.  These berries are edible if they are cooked. Here’s more information on this variety by Dr. Peter J. Bryant of University of California, Irvine.

Elder flowerThe flowers can be used for teas and tonics, although we like them best for elder fritters. Here’s my recipe to try.unknown purple flower growing in sandA bit closer to home, I found this unknown purple flower growing in the sand along the Ventura beach. Just another reminder that there’s lots of beauty out there – if you take the time to look!

Learn More

Database of Santa Barbara Flowers by SantaBarbaraHikes.com with photos

More California wildflowers at Ventura Botanical Garden

Wildflowers of the Eastern Sierras


Chris March 25, 2016 at 11:54 am

Wild mustard and Lupin flowers are my long time favourites because of their flashy appearance that brightens up the wild.
Thanks to the El Nino “there’s beauty out there for those who care to look.” Nice one.

JessB April 1, 2016 at 1:33 pm

So pretty!

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