Wildflowers in a Native Oak Woodland and Open Grassland on Bell Springs Mountain

Photographed by Doug Zimmerman


EARLY SPRING WILDFLOWERS

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.

Baby Blue Eyes
Nemophila menziesii

Manzanita
Arctostaphylos manzanita

Calypso Orchid
Calypso bulbosa

Coastal or Blue Larkspur
Delphinium decorum

Milk Maid
Cardamine californica

Giant White Trillium or Wakerobin
Trillium albidum

Blue-Eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium bellum

Babystars
Leptosiphon bicolor

Buttercup
Ranunculus occidentalis

Streambank Beauty
Claytonia parviflora

California Tule Pea
Lathyrus jepsonii

Carrot with Plectritis
Lomatium macrocarpum

Black Oak Catkins
Quercus kelloggii

Fawn Lily
Erythronium californicum

Indian Plum
Oemleria cerasiformis

Spring Beauty
Claytonia saxosa

Sour or Bull Clover with Lupin
Trifolium fucatum

Clasping Henvit
Lamium amplexicaule

Big Leaf Maple
Acer macrophyllum

Slender Phlox
Microsteris gracilis

Popcorn Flower
Plagiobothrys nothofulvus

Lotus
Acmispon wrangelianu

Pacific Madrone
Arbutus menziesii

Canyon or Red Larkspur
Delphinium nudicaule

Shelton's Yellow Violet
Viola sheltonii

Whitlow Grass
Draba verna

Lupine
Lupinus affinis

Smooth Leaf Saxifrage
Saxifraga integrifolia

Lupine
Lupinus affinis

Shooting Star
Dodecatheon hendersonii

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

Broadleaf Sedum or Pacific Stonecrop
Sedum spathulifolium

Big Leaf Maple
Acer macrophyllum

Spring Gold
Crocidium multicaule

Miner's Lettuce
Claytonia perfoliata

Purple Sanicle
Sanicula bipinnatifida

Trillium with Hound's Tongue
Trillium albidum

Wallflower
Erysimum capitatum




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