Photos and Post by Mike Palladini, Land Trust Stewardship Program Manager
Welcoming in spring with a bang, big displays of the stunning St. Helena fawn lily (Erythronium helenae) adorned a burned mountainside within the Land Trust’s preserve network this week.
Napa, Lake and Sonoma counties are the only place on the planet this rare beauty can be found, and it’s included in the State’s Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants. The Land Trust has been monitoring native plant communities in this area, which burned during a 2014 wildfire. We’ve seen strong recovery of a diverse array of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses. These include some plants that only appear for the first few years following fire, and 16 rare species in addition to the fawn lily.