Wildflowers After the Fire

The fire followers are glorious. What can I say except that? I’ve not seen Phacelia grandiflora since I pressed it in my college botany class. I was fortunate to be collecting the Spring after a Malibu fire, and here it is again, in the San Gabriel Mountains. Phacelia grandiflora and the other fire followers probably haven’t bloomed here for over 50 years as the last recorded fire was in 1959 in western Altadena.

Phacelia grandiflora with Phacelia minor

Phacelia minor or parryi with mustard.
Parasitic dodder, taking advantage of the wildflowers
Caterpillar phacelia alongside an erosion channel