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California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Shiny golden-orange bowl-shaped flowers that also vary in color to yellow, cream or red. Has a notable flangelike double-rimmed flower peduncle. Its leaves are lacy and bluish in color. Commonly grows to 12 – 18 inches and can be found in grassy fields in California and Oregon. It is the state flower of California (Peterson Field Guide).

 

Canon Dudleya
Flowers are bright yellow to red and grow to 4-12 inches; they have oval rosette leaves that grow in loose clustesr. Typically found in hot rocky cliffs at lower elevations, such as, the Western Sierra Nevada and the California Coast Ranges during April through July (Peterson Field Guide).

 

Caterpillar Phacelia
Dirty white or pail yellow in color, 1-3 ft. tall. Thrive in the Sierra Nevada foothills and from the California South Coast Ranges to Baja California; they can be found during March through May (Peterson Field Guide).

 

Fiddle Neck (Amsinckia Intermedia)
Yellow in color and have many small trumpet flowers along the upper edge of its coiled neck, 1 – 24 inches. Very common in the Pacific states from March to June (Peterson Field Guide).

 

Lace Pod (Thysanocarpu Curvipes)
Round single-seeded pods hanging from the stem. The seeds are surrounded by a thin, papery shell. Grows 1 – 3 ft. on open grassy slopes and is very common in the Pacific states from February to June (Peterson Field Guide).

 

Narrow-Leaved Lupine or Bentham’s Lupine (Lupinus Benthamii)
Tall stems with wheel-like leaves that very narrow and spider-like. The flowers are light to deep blue with a yellow center and turn red-violet when dried. They grow 1 to 4 ft. in grasslands and woodlands on both sides of California’s Central Valley and south to Los Angeles area. They bloom from March to June (Peterson Field Guide).

 

Pallid Owl’s Clover (Castilleja Lineariloba)
Snapdragon family. An annual herb with white blossoms that is native to the valley grassland, foothill woodland, and yellow pine forest of California and is endemic (limited) to California alone (Calflora Taxon Report).

 

Redbud
Woody plant whose pink flowers bud from late winter to spring. Has an aroma resembling peanuts however, it does not taste like peanuts. It is edible and can be used in salads and such (Peterson Field Guide).

 

 

Shining Peppergrass (Lepidium nitidum)
Commonly found in open spaces in the Pacific States from February to May. It grows on well-branched stems that range from 2 to 15 inches in height. Seedpods are smooth, shiny white ovals and its leaves are linear with sharp margin points (Peterson Field Guide).

 

White Globe Lily (Calochortus Albus)
Plant has hanging lantern-like flowers and grass-like leaves. The flowers are white with a tint of light pink in some areas. They grow 6 – 24 inches in shady thickets along Central California from April to June (Peterson Field Guide).

 

Winter Vetch (Vicia villosa)
A member of the Pea family (Leguminosae). Vinelike plant that ranges from 2 to 5 ft. in height. There are 10 to many red or pink flowers per raceme and 8 to 12 leaflets per leaf. The stems of this plant are lightly haired. Commonly found in the Pacific States (Peterson Field Guide).
 

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* Resources used:
1. “Calflora Taxon Report.” www.calflora.org
2. Niehaus, Theodore F. and Ripper, Charles L. Peterson Field Guides: Pacific
States Wildflowers. Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston, New York. 1976.