Footsteps of Spring, Sanicula arctopoides, is, as it's name implies, a harbinger of spring. It is a perennial herb that grows near the ocean. You will find it all along the bluff trail. It grows in matted patches close to the ground and the coloration is such that you will see footsteps of yellow green against the background of the trail.

Footsteps of Spring

Footsteps of Spring

Most folks just march on over Footsteps of Spring, but if you step to one side and give it a closer look you will find a beautiful bouquet of bright yellow button-like flowers. Native Americans in this area ate the tuberous roots of the plant. It is usually one of our earliest bloomers. Look for it as early as the end of January through April.

Just because it is called Footsteps does not mean that you ought to just walk on it.