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Giant coreopsis in bloom

Our gorgeous, golden coastal native, the giant coreopsis, is now flowering on Point Dume. It's deciduous, so other than these few brief weeks, it's a stumpy, lumpy-looking plant. And it's a succulent, which means it can't stand up to frost, but can survive a drought.

coreopsis-in-bloom-in-malibu-vdt.jpg


Well, maybe not this drought.

the coreopsis at point dume


giant coreopsis, struggling


dead coreopsis


If you're a regular visitor to the Point Dume headlands, you'll see the flowers are sparser and the plants are browner than in past years. The bloom came later this year as well, didn't emerge until those last two little rain storms we had.

foot path at point dume


straggly bloom


The plants are still beautiful, of course--

the giant coreopsis in bloom


...an unexpected burst of color and frilly green in our naturally sere bit of coastline.

yes, we're a desert


California, still the golden state.

beautiful giant coreopsis


(Be careful -- parking is limited at Point Dume. Law enforcement types patrol often, and hand out pricey tickets.)


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