California Native Plant Society | Feb. 2023

Evening Program

Wednesday, February 8, 2023: Dynamic speaker, and respected forester and adviser, Yana Valachovic with UC Cooperative Extension will give a presentation on some aspects of local forests, including Sudden Oak Death Syndrome. Register on Zoom on the website to join from home, or gather at Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata, refreshments at 7:00, program at 7:30 p.m. 

Field Trip

Saturday, February 4.  Humboldt Botanical Gardens (HBG) Field trip.  The Lost Coast Brewery Native Plant Garden in HBG has a fine collection of manzanitas, which bloom this early (or even earlier).  We will hike as many of the trails in the Gardens’ natural habitat as we can. Bring lunch and water.  Meet at 9 am at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), or 9:30 am at the south end of the Bayshore Mall parking lot (looking at McDonald’s), or at 10 am at the Garden entrance (adjacent to College of the Redwoods).  If you are a Garden member, bring your card.  If you are not, you can join at the Garden, or CNPS will pay your admission.   

Contact Carol:; 707-822-2015

Rohner Park Forest Restoration

Help volunteers restore the redwood forest at Rohner Park by removing invasive English Ivy and French Broom on February 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meet at Fireman’s Pavilion at 9 am. Tools and gloves available but you are encouraged to bring your own. Sponsored by the North Coast Chapter of the Native Plant Society and the Fortuna Parks and Recreation Department. Contact Steve at High winds or heavy rain will lead to cancellation. Light snack provided. 

Native Plant Nursery

We are not currently selling plants from our nursery. Please see our website for updates.

Western Lily

The unsurpassed beauty of the Western lily. Image credit: Andrea Pickart.

Note: Kelsey McDonald of California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has written a longer version of the following condensed article that you can look for in the next issue of Darlingtonia.

Western lily (Lilium occidentale) is a Federally and State Endangered flowering perennial bulb found in coastal wetlands, prairie, and coastal scrub habitats from the Humboldt Bay area north to Coos Bay, Oregon. Western lily’s distribution has been reduced to a small number of scattered populations. Its vibrant red flowers have a contrasting green-to-gold star at the center, and the showy pendant flowers hang from leafy shoots. After an impressive amount of growth in the spring, and a stunning floral display in mid-to-late summer, western lily will set seed in the fall and enter a dormancy period underground for the winter months. It may take years for juvenile bulbs to reach reproductive maturity.