Rare Plant Treasure Hunt: Cliff Aster

Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Time: 8:30AM - 4:00PM

Instructor: Heather Schneider

Location: Buckhorn Rd.

Please email Heather Schneider to RSVP

Search for the rare Carmel Valley Cliff Aster

Carmel valley cliff aster (Malacothrix saxatalis var. arachnoidea) is a rare perennial wildflower in the sunflower family. It primarily grows in Monterey County, with just a few occurrences in the Santa Barbara area.

We will search for at least one occurrence along Buckhorn Rd., north of Upper Oso Campground in the Los Padres National Forest.

Participants may meet in the Garden's Main Parking Lot at 8:30am. Participants are responsible for their own transportation over potentially rugged roads.

Difficulty: moderate/difficult

Participants should be in good physical condition.
Be sure to bring:

  • plenty of water
  • bag lunch
  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • sturdy shoes
  • pen/pencil
  • clipboard
  • camera

July 14: Rare Plant Treasure Hunt: Mariposa Lily

What is a Rare Plant Treasure Hunt?

The Rare Plant Treasure Hunt is a citizen science program with the goal of updating information of our state’s rare plants. Many of California’s rare plant populations have not been seen in decades. In coordination with a project to map rare plants within the Zaca and Jesusita fire scars, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden will offer two Rare Plant Treasure Hunts in the Los Padres National Forest in 2018.

Learn more about this and other Rare Plant Treasure Hunts here


Dr. Heather E. ScneiderDr. Heather Schneider is the Rare Plant Biologist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. She received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside and has diverse experience in plant ecology, invasive plants, anthropogenic nitrogen deposition, evolutionary biology and conservation…with a brief foray in desert tortoise research. She is an avid wildflower hunter and can frequently be found with her nose to the ground in search of belly flowers.

Botany/Natural History
Travel/Day Trips