We have an amazing variety of wildflowers around the
Almaden Research Center. Although
the most spectacular displays occur
in spring (April-June), there is always something to see.
We have many different
each with its own range of plants. Sometimes the change in habitat is obvious, e.g. as you go from grassland to woodland.
Other times the change is so subtle as to be puzzling. Why do the poppies suddenly stop and the mustard take over? Since most of the trails date from the building of the lab in the early 1980's, the trailsides were severely disturbed at that time. Apart from an overabundance of thistles, the disturbed areas seem to have recovered well. Most of the trailside flowers are quite typical of this part of the San Francisco Bay region.
One of the best places to see a wide range of flowers is along the serpentine ridges. In the spring, you can often see over 25 different species in bloom within 100 yards, including the relatively rare Bitterroot. The hike up to the substation is also worth the climb.
We have put together a collection of some of the flowers to look out for. You can begin by picking a color, then chose from the list of flowers on the individual color pages.
Clicking on the thumbnail of a given flower will link you to a page about that flower. Alternatively, you can go to the list of Almaden wildflowers, or pick a flower from the "movies".
The individual wildflower pages contain pictures and text and are between 20-30 kbytes. Those pages with text are indicated. Some pages link to further images. The text is contributed by Charlie Rettner, one of our research scientist.
If you enjoy the pictures, check out the real thing. The resolution and colors are even better!
But tread lightly, and stay on the trails. Some areas are very fragile and we have a number of endangered species on the site. Take only pictures. If they come out well, we'll scan them in.