Winter flowers spring up

On the Trail

WHIMSICAL WONDER—The shooting star, a member of the primrose family, grows in rugged rocky terrain despite its delicate appearance.

Thanks to the grace of rain in fall and early winter, our fire-charred meadows and mountains are continuing to rally and recover. Two sure signs are a pervasive, spreading green fuzz and, on closer inspection, the first flush of early-season native wildflowers breaking ground.

Wild as they are, our native plants tend to follow a schedule. It’s not usually a fr...

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