Wildflowers on Bell Springs Mountain
Mendocino County, California

EARLY SPRING BLOOMS
Doug Zimmerman Photography

The wildflower show begins around the vernal equinox as sunny days and cold nights alternate with rain and occasional snow. Spring grasses emerge from the warming ground in an explosion of intense green hues, creating a spectacular background to display the bright colors of early spring blooms.

Manzanita
Arctostaphylos manzanita

California Waterleaf
Hydrophyllum occidentale

Calypso Orchid
Calypso bulbosa

Coastal Larkspur
Delphinium decorum

Milk Maid
Cardamine californica

Giant white wakerobin trillium
Trillium albidum

Blue-Eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium bellum

Coast sanicle
Sanicula laciniata

Streambank Beauty
Claytonia parviflora

Buttercup
Ranunculus occidentalis

California Tule Pea
Lathyrus jepsonii

Carrot with Plectritis
Lomatium macrocarpum

Fawn Lily
Erythronium californicum

Black Oak Catkins
Quercus kelloggii

Indian Plum
Oemleria cerasiformis

Hill lotus
Acmispon parviflorus

Baby Blue Eyes
Nemophila menziesii

Scarlet larkspur
Delphinium cardinal

Spring Gold
Crocidium multicaule

Slender Phlox
Microsteris gracilis

Bay Laurel
Laurus nobilis

Lotus
Acmispon wrangelianu

Pacific Madrone
Arbutus menziesii

Canyon or Red Larkspur
Delphinium nudicaule

Lupine
Lupinus affinis

Whitlow Grass
Draba verna

Shelton's Yellow Violet
Viola sheltonii

Smooth Leaf Saxifrage
Saxifraga integrifolia

Shooting Star
Dodecatheon hendersonii

California saxifrage
Micranthes californica

Spinsters Blue-Eyed Mary
Collinsia sparsiflora

Two-Eyed Violet
Viola ocellata

Hound's Tongue
Cynoglossum grande

Woodland Nemophila
Nemophila parviflor

Loco Weed
Astragalus gambelianus

Monkey Flower
Mimulus Kelloggii

Mistmaiden
Romanzoffia californica

Redmaids
Calandrinia ciliata

Pacific Stonecrop
Sedum spathulifolium

Clasping Henvit
Lamium amplexicaule

Big Leaf Maple
Acer macrophyllum

Miner's Lettuce
Claytonia perfoliata

Purple Sanicle
Sanicula bipinnatifida

Trillium with Hound's Tongue
Trillium albidum

Wallflower
Erysimum capitatum







All photographs copyrighted. © Doug Zimmerman