Torrey Pines Wildflower Season

In mid March, the trails at Torrey Pines are seamed with wildflowers, thanks to plenty of winter rains. We took a walk in the late afternoon, first on the Guy Fleming Trail, then on the Parry’s Grove Trail. My photos below will give you a good impression of what the trails look like during this time of the year.

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2 thoughts on “Torrey Pines Wildflower Season”

  1. The Shaw’s Agave plant colonies in your first two photos are native to California coastal sage and chaparral habitats, along the Pacific Coast of northern Baja California state of Mexico and southwesternmost San Diego County of California. I think only San Diego county is the northen part of it’s range. It’s more common down in wild in Baja California than in San Diego County, where urban development has essentially wiped out the plant’s native habitats. In Baja along both sides of their coast hugging Hwy 1 they seem to grow likw weeds there are so many. In a preservation effort, Shaw’s Agaves were introduced into both the Torrey Pines State Reserve and Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, California and have established themselves quite well. You can image what the coast may have looked like prior to massive development.

    • Your knowledge about the plant is amazing! Living in San Diego for so many years, I have not been to Baja yet. Definitely need to check it out someday. Thanks so much for the comments, Kevin. 🙂


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