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Chaparral Mallow in Bloom at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

If you haven’t been to the Carpinteria salt marsh in a while, this is a great time to visit. The chaparral mallow (Malacothamnus fasciculatus) is in bloom, making the walk to the amphitheater a fairly surreal experience:

I traded docent shifts with Rob Denholtz this month, so I was there on the third Saturday in July, rather than my usual second Saturday. No one showed up for the tour, though, so I took a stroll through the marsh myself, and was rewarded by a breathtaking profusion of purple flowers.

I’m on record as having a crush on coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis). Linda attended a recent talk by Carol Bornstein, author of Reimagining the California Lawn, and Linda told me coyote brush was among the plants Bornstein discussed.

Bornstein wrote in her book about coyote brush’s “utilitarian” character, and Linda said she called it “fairly drab” during her talk, which of course makes me want to rise to its defense. But I admit that its flowers are not the showiest.

Chaparral mallow is another story. If I have a crush on coyote brush, I felt a temporary transfer of affections to chaparral mallow as I walked past the wall of flowers at the marsh. You really should visit while they’re in bloom.

Marsh Mallows

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009


The chaparral mallows (Malacothamnus fasciculatus) were really in bloom at the salt marsh a month or so ago, when I snapped this photo of a particularly attractive set of flowers. There still are a few mallow flowers here and there at the marsh, but lately it’s the coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis) that has been catching my eye. I think it’s interesting how there are male and female coyote brush plants, with each gender having its own, specific kind of flower. I’ll try to get some photos of those the next time I’m at the bluffs or the marsh.