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Friday, April 8, 2011

Fringed Corn Lily Leaves - a rare Mendonoma plant

On a neighbor's property is a beautiful mass of rare plants - Fringed Corn Lilies. They are growing alongside year round water, as Frank and Nan's land has springs close to the surface. These large, handsome leaves don't give a clue about the flower to come in the fall. By the time it does flower, the leaves are brown and torn. I will make a point to photograph the beautiful white flower stalks later this year. This plant is endemic to the Mendocino and Sonoma Coast and considered an ESHA - environmentally sensitive habitat.


Frank Drouillard said...

Walk up the creek from the road. You won't have to go very far to see a nice cluster of young plants. The new leaves unfurl in very interesting geometric pattern!

Jeanne Jackson said...

They are quite unique. I don't think I've seen them looking lovelier than they are this year. Rick and I will check out the spot you mention. Thanks, Frank!