Tuesday, May 02, 2006

So, What's In Bloom At 6,750 Feet?

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Greenleaf Mazanita (Arctostaphylos patula) is the earliest locally native plant to bloom in our garden. To give an idea of the scale, the lovely little upside-down urn-shaped flowers are 1/4 of an inch long. Greenleaf Manzanita is common, at or near this elevation, throughout the San Bernardino Mountains. The light and shadow play on these leaves is one of my favorite photographic subjects.

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Blogger Laura said...

Lovely. Looks a lot like our bearberry (same genus, and I had no idea there were so many species in that genus!) except that the colour and texture of your flowers is even prettier. I'm trying to remember whether we have bearberry right in this area, or if I've only seen it farther north.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Very pretty and I love the contrast of the flower against the leaf.

6:10 PM  
Blogger roger said...

we have their cousins, the madrones, in flower now, tho many in the state are doing poorly. state tree experts are puzzled.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

Another lovely plant and great photo. When I was young, can scarcely remember that long ago, :=)We made manzanita jelly in the autumn from the berries.

1:43 PM  
Blogger lenĂ© said...

Is it an evergreen, Jim? What does it smell like?

4:50 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Beautiful this Greenleaf Mazanita!

3:49 PM  
Anonymous pablo said...

Lovely. What pollinates them?

5:39 AM  
Blogger Tabor said...

A really delicate looking little flower. I am looking forward to a picture of the fruit.

3:52 AM  
Anonymous Hanna in Cleveland, Oh said...

Those are interesting flowers. I like the coloring of them, but they are so small and I have never seen the plant before. Do the flowers show up well on the plant?

8:06 PM  
Blogger TDharma said...

the leaf patterns are exquisite.

7:20 AM  

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