Sunday, April 5, 2009

Red Rover

Can anyone identify the little red brushes poking up out of the ground? They show up around this time each year after the rains have dried up. They'll be dried up and gone by the time the summer heat arrives. For now I'm enjoying their miniature charms, but the dogs couldn't care less.

19 comments:

Trish said...

looks like a low-land version of the fuzz that covers the ground in the San Bernardino mountains in the spring...but alas, I don't know what that stuff is either!

pretty tho!

Shell Sherree said...

I don't know, but it adds a lovely blush to the landscape, doesn't it!

Virginia said...

No clue. Looks like a desert type plant to moi. Boz will have trouble hiking his leg on those!
V

Katie said...

Is it Hahamongna Prickly Heat?

altadenahiker said...

Did Boz tell you he wanted to come home with me? I think he's finding fame a little taxing.

Lily Hydrangea said...

I don't know what they are called, but I think this is a great shot Petrea! Love the dark dog figure in the background too.

Marylène said...

It may be one of the many kinds of "sédum" ( not know the English name for it).
I tried to find a link to show you :
http://sophy.u-3mrs.fr/photohtm/FI785.HTM
hope you can see the pictures.
Anyway it is quite a nice picture and fun "mini" bushes

Cafe Pasadena said...

This dog would care more if they were actually strawberries growing - kinda like Laurie's from Sat.

Petrea said...

It probably is the same fuzz in the mountains.

Marylène, we'd call it "sedum" without the accent. I don't think it's the same but I don't know. The ones in the pictures look like succulents, and these are dry little brushy things. But there are a lot of varieties of sedum, so it might be. I tried using Google images, but my search strings didn't bring up anything as nice as yours!

Petrea said...

Oh and Karin, Boz did mention he wanted to go home with you. He also asked if he could stay at Margaret's, because he said the food's better there. He wants to go with Vanda. He likes her car. Don't get me started.

Vanda said...

I have a wonderfully messy, dirty car. Of course dogs like it.

I never saw that stuff before, it doesn't grow in my valley.

Pascal Jim said...

An experienced gardener friend viewing the photo is also mystified by this red growth...The shadow dog to the left of the dog lends a spooky feel to the photo

marley said...

I don't know what theya re but they make a super photo!

USelaine said...

I'm stumped. You might see if your local chapter of the California Native Plant Society has any lists of common plants for your region.

Did you borrow a photo technique from Trieste by any chance? 6^) I looks cool.

Petrea said...

Microclimates, Vanda.

Pascal Jim, you're freakin' me out. There are two dogs in the picture.

Ah, Elaine, I'd hoped you might know. I borrowed the technique from Tenin, bien sur.

Ms M said...

I don't know what the plants are either, but I like this photo with its different "points of view".

Laurie said...

I love this shot! I've wondered about these little things, too. I suggest naming them Chalme -- my word verification!

Daisy said...

I have been wondering for ages what this little plant was, so you've prodded me into some research. I found a list of all the plants growing in Hahamongna and looked at photos of possible candidates. Sand pigmyweed was the closest I could get.

http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?query_src=&enlarge=0000+0000+0305+0460

What do you think? They've all dried up now so I can't go back and look closely at them. Thanks for the quest!

Petrea said...

I don't know, Daisy. Could be. Your pic looks like something bigger but it's hard to tell. These things were no more than about an inch high. Gone already, all dried up. bummer.