A winter surprise: The awesome Coast Silk Tassel bush

Coast Silk Tassel bush in the Redwood State and National Park
A blooming Coast Silk Tassel bush in the Redwood State and National Park south of Crescent City, California.

The “flowers” are like strings of creamy pearls hanging from the bush.

Among the joys of living along the southern Oregon Coast is that even in winter (between rains), the weather is mild enough to get out for a walk or hike. And a winter hike turns up surprises, like the beautiful Coast Silk Tassel bush we found in full bloom in January.

Coast Silk Tassel bush growing south of Crescent City, California
This Coast Silk Tassel bush growing south of Crescent City, California, was in full bloom in January.

I had noticed some smaller bushes with similar blooms, but this one was spectacular! It grows alongside the parking lot for the Crescent City Harbor overlook in the Redwood State and National Parks, south of Crescent City, California, (at the end of Enderts Beach Road).

The Coast Silk Tassel bush (Garry elliptica) grows in the coastal zone of California from Ventura County north and into southern Oregon.

The “flowers” are like strings of creamy pearls hanging from the bush.

More information about this plant from the California Native Plant Society.