First Wildflowers

Glen Ellen Regional Park, Sonoma County, California



20150118_163130 - Version 2Cardamine californica var. californica is the first native wildflower to bloom in our area. Also known as milkmaids, its four petals are arranged in a cross shape for which the former family Cruciferae was named (related words: English cross, Spanish cruz, Latin crux).

More recently the family was named Brassicaceae for the genus Brassica, a huge family that includes mustards, radishes and cresses. Cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts kale and kohlrabi are all horticultural varieties of a single species, Brassica oleracea.

Cardamine are delightful to behold up close or en masse; dotting the woodland hills in mid-winter, they are harbingers of all the flowers to come.


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