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Asphodel Asphodel
Asphodelus fistulosus

Found in Malibu.

These are all over in Santa Barbara, too. I also saw some at Parma Park, but the photo didn't come out.

According to Bob Case, Asphodelus fistulosus is a federally rated noxious weed. It is not native or widespread in California. Some south coast counties have sizeable populations. Populations should be reported to the county agricultural commissioner. The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) and the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) encourage control and eradication efforts. Hikers should not pick the flowers and spread the seed.

Keywords: annuus, asphodel, asphodelus, coast, fistulosus, six, summer, sun, white, malibu

Baby Blue Eyes Baby Blue Eyes
Nemophila menziesii
Spring, near Zaca Peak

Keywords: baby, blue, eyes, five, menziesii, nemophila, shade, sun

Beach Primrose Beach Primrose
Camissonia cheiranthifolia
March, Oso Flaco Dunes

Keywords: beach, camissonia, cheiranthifolia, four, primrose, spring, succulent, sun, yellow

Bigelow Coreopsis Bigelow Coreopsis
Coreopsis bigelovii
Spring, Little Pine Mountain
It is quite common and grows around California poppies.

Keywords: bigelovii, bigelow, coreopsis, spring, sun, yellow

Bird's Eye Gilia Bird's Eye Gilia
Gilia tricolor
May, near Manzana Schoolhouse
This was found in a shady place, but I've seen it growing in full sun. Seems to like disturbed areas like the bed of the trail.

Keywords: april, birds, eye, flower, gilia, may, pink, shade, spring, sun, tricolor, white

Black Sage Black Sage
Salvia Mellifera
Toro Canyon Park
These are common wherever sunny sagey places are. Flowers are white to pale purple.

Keywords: blue, coast, mellifera, purple, sage, sagescrub, salvia, scrub

Blackberry Blackberry
Rubus ursinus
Spring, Agua Caliente Trail
I've heard these more often called Raspberries, but looking for an ID I only found Blackberries.

Keywords: blackberries, blackberry, raspberries, raspberry, rubus, sawtooth, shade, spring, summer, thorny, ursinus, white

Blackberry Blackberry
Rubus ursinus
Romero Trail
This one is probably ready to eat. They are red when not yet ripe.

Keywords: blackberries, blackberry, fruit, raspberries, raspberry, red, rubus, sawtooth, shade, spring, summer, thorny, ursinus, white

Bladderpod Bladderpod
Isomeris arborea
On the Sisquoc Loop
Looks a lot like Prince's Plume, but less tall and majestic.

Keywords: arborea, bladderpod, caper, capparacea, isomeris, sage, yellow

Blazing Star Blazing Star
Mentzelia spp.
Carrizo Plains
Actually, on a dirt road climbing above the plains.

Keywords: blazing, five, hairy, mentzelia, orange, spring, star, sticker, sunny

Blazing star Blazing star
Mentzelia laevicaulis
Manzana Trail.

Keywords: autumn, blazing, fall, five, loasaceae, orange, star, sun, thistle

Blue Dicks Blue Dicks
Dichelostemma capitatum
May, Hurricane Deck

Keywords: blue, brodeia, capitatum, dichelostemma, dicks, long, purple, shade, spring, sun

Blue flax Blue flax
Linum perenne lewissi
Near Hell's half acre
on the western edge of the big potrero between the horse trough and the wierd rocky spot on McKinley Rd.

Keywords: blue, five, flax, lewissi, linum, perenne, slender, spring, western

Buckwheat Buckwheat
Erigionum fasciculatum
Spring, Potrero Trail

Keywords: buckwheat, dry, erigionum, fasciculatum, fuzzy, pink, round, spring, summer, sun, white

Buckwheat Buckwheat
Erigionum fasciculatum
Fish Creek in the Fall
I kind of like these when they have dried up. The red is quite brilliant.

Keywords: buckwheat, dry, erigionum, fall, fasciculatum, fuzzy, red, round, rust, rusty, summer, sun

Bull Mallow Bull Mallow
Malva nicaeensis
San Ysidro Trail
Bull Mallow is pretty common along roadsides or other weedy places. Only in spring does it catch your eye with these pretty flowers. It's not native, but has naturalized.

Keywords: bull, five, green, mallow, malva, nicaeensis, pink, purple, spring, weed

Bush Lupine Bush Lupine
Lupinus albifrons
Spring, Figueroa Mountain

Keywords: albifrons, blue, bush, fragrant, gray, lupine, lupinus, perennial, purple, shade, silver, spring, sun, tall

Bush Mallow Bush Mallow
Malacothamnus fasciculatus
Jesusita Trail
These are so pretty and delicate. They look like a cross between a sage and a rose. They seemed to like part sun and part shade.

Keywords: bush, delicate, fasciculatus, five, gray, malacothamnus, mallow, pink, rose, summer, sun

Bush or Sticky Monkey-flower Bush or Sticky Monkey-flower
Mimulus aurantiacus
April, Aliso Trail

Keywords: aurantiacus, bush, flower, mimulus, monkey, orange, spring, sticky, summer, sun, tubular

Bush Poppy Bush Poppy
Dendromecon rigida
Spring, Tunnel Trail. Bush poppy is a common chaparral plant and can be found on most of the frontcountry trails.

Keywords: bush, chaparral, dendromecon, fall, perennial, poppies, poppy, rigida, scrub, spring, summer, sun, yellow

Buttercup Buttercup
Ranunculus californicus
Spring, Rattlesnake Trail
Another good place to see Buttercups are up on Figueroa Mountain Road. They like to grow in shady places under oak trees.

Keywords: butter, buttercup, californicus, cup, long, ranunculus, shade, slender, small, spring, yellow

California Broomrape California Broomrape
Orobanche californica ssp. feudgei
Spring, Lost Valley Trail past the pine tree
This is a parasitic plant, about 3 inches high. Very strange.

Keywords: broomrape, california, californica, feudgei, orobanche, parasite, parasitic, shade, spring, sun, yellow

California Chicory California Chicory
Rafinesquia californica
Cold Springs Trail
These grow at low elevations and look like a weed. They can be found in sun or shade.

Keywords: aster, california, chickory, shade, sun, weed, white

California False Lupine California False Lupine
Thermopsis Californica
Mission Pine Basin
I saw a nice patch growing on Happy Canyon Road, too.

Keywords: california, false, lupine, spike, spikey, spring, sun, thermopsis, yellow

California Fuchsia California Fuchsia
Epilobium californica
Manzana Trail

Keywords: autumn, california, californica, epilobium, fall, fuchsia, red, small, summer, tubular

California Goldenrod California Goldenrod
Solidago californica
Lost Valley Trail
Butterflies really liked this flower.

Keywords: california, californica, goldenrod, solidago, spike, spikey, summer, sun, yellow

California Groundcone or Chaparral Broomrape California Groundcone or Chaparral Broomrape
Orobanche californica ssp. feudgei
Spring, Lost Valley Trail near the Pine Tree
I found this growing under a Chamise bush just before the Pine Tree.

Keywords: broom, bulbosa, california, californica, cone, feudgei, ground, orobanche, parasite, parasitic, purple, rape, shade, spring

California Honeysuckle California Honeysuckle
Lonicera hispidula
Fir Canyon
Blooms in June and likes sun. This version is yellow, but I have also seen a pink version growing in the shade, also in June.

Keywords: california, hispidula, honeysuckle, japonica, lonicera, summer, sun, waxy, yellow

California Honeysuckle California Honeysuckle
Lonicera hispidula
Cold Springs Trail
Near the entrance. Grows in shade, blooms in June or so. Similar and related to a yellow, more woody variety that grows among the stiffer chaparral plants in full sun.

Keywords: california, hispidula, honeysuckle, lonicera, pink, shade, siamen verechao, summer, vine

California milkweed California milkweed
Asclepias californica
Early Summer on Manzana Trail near the Schoolhouse

Keywords: asclepias, california, californica, fuzzy, gray, milk, milkweed, shade, silver, spring, succulent, summer, weed

California Peony California Peony
Paeonia californica
Potrero Trail
this one was very big and very open.

Keywords: california, californica, paeonia, peony, red, spring, sun, yellow

California polypody California polypody
Polypodium californicum
Spring, near 19 Oaks
At the trail turnoff, actually. Another common fern is maidenhair, not pictured here.

Keywords: california, californicum, fall, fern, green, polypodium, polypody, shade, spring, summer, winter

California Poppies and Lupine California Poppies and Lupine
Eschscholzia californica and Lupinus bicolor
Spring, Figueroa Mountain

Keywords: bicolor, blue, bluebonnets, california, californica, eschscholzia, five, lupine, lupinus, orange, poppies, poppy, purple, short, spring, summer, sun

California thread-torch California thread-torch
Castilleja minor ssp. stenantha
Manzana Trail
This flower grows on the creek banks. It resembles Indian Paintbrush.

Keywords: creek, indian, orange, paintbrush, red, river, summer, sun, thread, torch

Canyon Sunflower Canyon Sunflower
Venegasia carpesioides
Cold Springs Trail
Despite the name "Sunflower", I have seen these growing in the shade near creeks.

Keywords: asteracea, canyon, carpesioides, flower, shade, sun, sunflower, venegasia, yellow

Canyon Sweet Pea Canyon Sweet Pea
Lathyrus vestilus
Blue Canyon Trail
These are pretty common near the coast in the early spring. They last pretty long, but they don't smell like anything.

Keywords: canyon, fabaceae, lathyrus, pea, pink, shade, spring, sweet, vestitus, vine

Cape Ivy Cape Ivy
Senecio mikanioides
Romero Trail
Cape Ivy, also known as German Ivy, was introduced in the 1800s. It originates from South Africa and has now become an invasive pest. It is overtaking riparian areas of the California and Oregon coast, and also parts of Hawaii.

Keywords: cape, furry, fuzzy, german, invasive, ivy, low, mikanioides, senecio, spring, yellow

Caterpillar Phacelia Caterpillar Phacelia
Phaceila cicutaria
Cold Springs Trail
These really stick to your clothes once they have gone to seed. But for now they are pretty.

Keywords: caterpillary, fuzzy, lavender, phacelia, pink, purple, shade, sticky

Chamise Chamise
Adenostoma fasciculatum
Toro Canyon Park
This is one of the most common of the chaparral plants in our area. It is what usually makes a trail overgrown first.

Keywords: adenostoma, brush, chamise, chaparral, fasciculatum, scrub, summer, white

Chamomile Chamomile
Anthemis
Dirt road
Chamomile grows all over the place, typically in dirt roads. It doesn't get very high around here, maybe because people drive and walk all over it? I've never seen it much taller than a few inches. I've seen it in the mountains and near the beach.

Keywords: anthemis, chamomile, low, small, spring, summer, yellow

Chaparral Current Chaparral Current
Ribes malvaceum
Tequepis Trail
Winter blooming. Fruit inedible.

Keywords: chaparral, malvaceum, pink, purple, ribes, saxifrage, winter

Chaparral Nightshade Chaparral Nightshade
Solanum xantii
Early Spring, Arroyo Burro Trail
Actually on the north side going down into the Santa Ynez River.

Keywords: chapparal, drought adaptations, nightshade, purple, shade, solanum, spring, summer, xantii

Chaparral Pea Chaparral Pea
Pickeringia montana
Tequepis Trail
These grow on shrubs that have a lot of painful thorns. Bloom in June/summer in sunnier spots, above 2000ft usually.

Keywords: chaparral, magenta, montana, pea, pickeringia, pink, purple, scrub, shrub, summer, sun, thorn, thorny

Chaparral Yucca Chaparral Yucca
Yucca whipplei
Romero Trail
Blooms in early summer. Likes dry places.

Keywords: bayonette, century, perennial, plant, spanish, spring, summer, sun, tall, whipplei, white, yucca

Chaparral Yucca Chaparral Yucca
Yucca whipplei
Romero Trail
This is the bud before the bloom. A friend told a story of measuring one of these on the way in on a hike and again on the way out. Growth was a few inches in those hours!

Keywords: bayonette, century, perennial, plant, spanish, spring, summer, sun, tall, whipplei, white, yucca

Charming Centaury Charming Centaury
Canchalagua
I can't remember where I saw this. I think it is a member of the gentian family.

Keywords: canchalagua, centaury, charming, five, gentian, magenta, pink, purple, small, tiny

Checkerbloom Checkerbloom
Sidalcea pedata
Spring, Rattlesnake Trail

Keywords: checkerbloom, mallow, malviflora, pedata, pink, shade, sidalcea, spring

Chia Chia
Salvia columbariae
Spring, Manzana Trail to the Schoolhouse
It's not usual to see this growing in the shade. Perhaps that is why it had so many petals.

Keywords: blue, chia, columbariae, dry, salvia, small, spring, sun

Chinese Houses Chinese Houses
Collinsia heterophylla
Spring, Manzana trail
Chinese Houses prefer shady moist locations in oak woodlands.

Keywords: chinese, chinesehouses, collinsia, heterophylla, houses, pink, shade, spring, white

Chinese Houses Chinese Houses
Collinsia heterophylla
May, near Manzana Schoolhouse
Likes shade. Usually less dramatic color, often white.

Keywords: chinese, chinesehouses, collinsia, heterophylla, houses, pink, shade, spring, white

Chocolate Lily Chocolate Lily
Fritillaria biflora
Aliso Trail
These flowers are very unusual and a prized find for most flower enthusiasts.

Keywords: biflora, brown, chocolate, fritillaria, lillies, lily, low, short, six, sun, waxy

Clematis Clematis
Clematis lasiantha
Matilija Canyon
Clematis can be found just about anywhere in the chaparral. Early spring it is a beautiful cream-colored flower. When it goes to seed it looks like a large cotton ball.

Keywords: bower, clematis, cream, lasiantha, spring, sun, virgins, white

Clematis Clematis
Clematis lasiantha
Cold Springs Trail near Montecito Peak
These are so soft when they have gone to seed. Like cotton balls.

Keywords: bower, clematis, cotton, cream, furry, fuzzy, lasiantha, puffy, summer, sun, virgins, white

Cliff Aster Cliff Aster
Malacothrix saxatilis
Malibu
These grow at low elevation in the sun in places with a lot of weeds. Looks like Chicory, but has pink underneath the petals and is sort of spindly.

Keywords: aster, chicory, cliff, malacothrix, saxatilis, summer, sun, white

Climbing Penstemon or Heart-leaved Penstemon Climbing Penstemon or Heart-leaved Penstemon
Keckiella cordifolia
These grow commonly in our front and backcountry, usually in partially sunny places. Hummingbirds like them.

Keywords: climbing, cordifolia, heart-leaved, keckiella, penstemon, red, shade, shrub, sun, tube, tubular

Coast or California Figwort, or California Bee-plant Coast or California Figwort, or California Bee-plant
Scrophularia californica
Toro Canyon
This is quite common at lower elevations near, but not right in, creeks.

Keywords: bee, bee-plant, california, californica, coast, plant, red, scrophularia, summer, tiny

Coastal Prickly Pear Coastal Prickly Pear
Opuntia littoralis
San Ysidro Trail
Usually when you see these it is because someone lived there at one time and planted it.

Keywords: cactus, littoralis, nopal, opuntia, pear, prickly, spring, sun

Coffee Fern Coffee Fern
Pellaea andromedifolia
Arroyo Burro Trail
Coffee fern is on the left. You can find these all over. Usually in the shade.

Keywords: andromedifolia, coffee, fern, green, low, pellaea, shade, short, small, tiny

Common Goldfields Common Goldfields
Lasthenia californica (L. chrysotoma)
Spring, Carrizo Plains

Keywords: californica, chrysotoma, field, gold, goldfield, lasthenia, low, short, small, spring, sun, tiny, yellow

Common Goldfields Common Goldfields
Lasthenia californica (L. chrysotoma)
Spring, Cottam Camp in Blue Canyon

Keywords: californica, chrysotoma, field, gold, goldfield, lasthenia, low, short, small, spring, sun, tiny, yellow

Common Locoweed Common Locoweed
Astragalus didymocarpus
May, Hurricane Deck
These are pretty common is dry places and will rattle like a rattlesnake when brushed against after they've gone to seed.

Keywords: astragalus, common, didymocarpus, loco, locoweed, rattle, spring, summer, sun, weed, white, yellow

Common Madia Common Madia
Madia elegans
Davy Brown Trail
Fir Canyon in June. In part sun/part shade.

Keywords: common, elegans, madia, shade, summer, sun, yellow

Common or Bush Sunflower Common or Bush Sunflower
Helianthus annuus or Encelia californica
Isla Vista Beach Bluffs
These are common in natural areas in town and on the trails, too.

Keywords: annuus, asteracea, brown, bush, californica, common, encelia, flower, helianthus, summer, sun, sunflower, yellow

Common or White Yarrow Common or White Yarrow
Achillea
May, near Manzana Schoolhouse
Likes shade

Keywords: achillea, common, flat, long, shade, spring, tiny, white, yarrow

Coreopsis and Filaree Coreopsis and Filaree
Asteraceae and Erodium cicutarum
Carrizo Plain
The pink is Erodium cicutarium, the Filaree. The yellow is Coreopsis, a member of the Asteraceae family. These both grow closer to Santa Barbara as well.

Keywords: asteraceae, cicutarium, coreopsis, erodium, filaree, five, gold, low, meadow, pink, spring, sun, yellow

Crane's bill geranuium Crane's bill geranuium
Geranium molle
Manzana Trail
Shade loving and very tiny.

Keywords: crane, five, geranium molle, lobed, pink, shade, tiny

Cream Cups Cream Cups
Platystemon californicus
Spring, Carrizo Plains

Keywords: californicus, cream, cup, cups, fuzzy, platystemon, short, spring, sun, white, yellow

Crinkle Onion Crinkle Onion
Allium crispum
Figueroa Mountain
Apparently this variety grows exactly here. They are about 6 inches high and so pink you can see them from the road, if you are observant.

Keywords: allium, cluster, crinkle, crinkly, crispum, magenta, onion, pink, red, six

Crystalline iceplant Crystalline iceplant
Mesembryanthemum crystallinum
Crystalline iceplant
These were growing behind a low beach wall on Jalama Beach. They are sort of juicy and fleshy like berries almost. When they bloom the flower is white and fringy like regular iceplant.

Keywords: beach, crystalline, crystallinum, fleshy, iceplant, juicy, low, mesembryanthemum, pink, red, small, white

Cut-leafed geranium Cut-leafed geranium
Geranium dissectum
March or April, Rattlesnake Connector
At first I thought these were Red Maids. I found just the one patch almost at the junction with Tunnel Trail. They might be Carolina geraniums, but they have no hairs at the end of the petals as I saw described somewhere.

Keywords: carolina, carolinianum, cut-leafed, dissectum, geranium, pink, shade, small, spring, tiny

Deerweed Deerweed
Lotus scoparius
When deerweed dries up it becomes a bare, scratchy bush that brushes against your legs on trails like Lost Valley Trail. It always seems ok at first, but by the end of the hike you are cursing the things. That is why I always hike in pants now.

Keywords: bush, bushy, deer, deerweed, lotus, scoparius, small, spikey, summer, sun, weed, yellow

Delphinium Delphinium
Delphinium parryi
Spring, near Forbush Flat

Keywords: blochmaniae, blue, delphinium, larkspur, long, parryi, purple, shade, spring, sun, white

Delphinium Delphinium
Delphinium parryi
Spring, Manzana Trail to the Schoolhouse

Keywords: blochmaniae, blue, delphinium, larkspur, long, parryi, purple, shade, spring, sun, white

Delphinium Delphinium
Delphinium parryi
Spring, Hurricane Deck

Keywords: blochmaniae, delphinium, larkspur, long, parryi, shade, spring, sun, white

Desert Candle Desert Candle
Caulanthus inflatus
Carrizo Plains
I think wildflower enthusiasts like these so much because they are so weird. They are about knee-high, waxy, with a thick, fleshy green stalk and small bulbous purple flowers barely hanging from thin threads from the sides.

Keywords: candle, caulanthus, desert, inflatus, purple, red, spike, spikey, spring, stalk, sun, thick

Desert monkeyflower Desert monkeyflower
Mimulus bigelovii
Spring, Hurricane Deck and Lost Valley Trail junction

Keywords: bigelovii, desert, low, mimulus, monkeyflower, pink, shade, short, spring, sun, tiny

Dodder or Strangleweed Dodder or Strangleweed
Cuscuta
May, Hurricane Deck
Dodder is a parasitic plant and can be found in dry places like Hurricane Deck or by the ocean.

Keywords: cuscuta, dodder, hair, hairy, orange, strangle, strangleweed, sun, tangled, weed

Douglas Wallflower Douglas Wallflower
Erysimum capitatum
May at Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Another reliable place I've seen these is on Lost Valley Trail near the Oak Tree campsite. Just before it. They like shade.

Keywords: capitatum, douglas, erysimum, four, fragrant, long, mustard, orange, shade, spring, wallflower, yellow

Doveweed or Turkey mullein Doveweed or Turkey mullein
Eremocarpus setigerus
Malibu near beach
On a bluff near Pepperdine University. A type of Spurge.

Keywords: doveweed, eremocarpus, fuzzy, green, low, mullein, setigerus, silver, spurge, summer, turkey

Dudleya or Live Forever or Hen and Chicks Dudleya or Live Forever or Hen and Chicks
Dudleya
April, Agua Caliente Trail

Keywords: chalky, chicks, dudleya, fleshy, forever, green, hen, live, poisonous, shade, spring, succulent, summer, sun

Dudleya or Live Forever or Hen and Chicks Dudleya or Live Forever or Hen and Chicks
Dudleya
Cold Springs Trail
These were such a glorious red I couldn't resist another picture.

Keywords: chicks, dudleya, fleshy, forever, green, hen, live, orange, red, shade, spring, succulent, summer, sun

Elderberry Elderberry
Sambucus canadensis
Toro Canyon Park
This is very common and usually grows in the more moist areas, such as near creeks. Makes blue berries which don't taste all that good. I noticed some web sites say it can be poisonous.

Keywords: berries, blue, bush, canadensis, elderberry, sambucus, scrub, shrub, small, spring, summer, tiny, white

Elegant Clarkia Elegant Clarkia
Clarkia similis
Spring, Lost Valley Trail near Hurricane Deck
I believe this is a special clarkia found only in this area.

Keywords: clarkia, delicate, elegant, fuzzy, pink, shade, short, similis, small, spring, summer, sun

Elegant Clarkia Elegant Clarkia
Clarkia unguiculata
Manzana Trail
They grow in abundant patches in late May/early June, and like sun or shade.

Keywords: clarkia, delicate, elegant, pink, shade, short, small, spring, summer, sun, unguculata

Evening Primrose Evening Primrose
Camissonia boothii
Willow Springs Trail
Near Figueroa Mountain, off Catway Road. I have seen them near Carrizo Plains, too.

Keywords: boothii, camissonia, delicate, evening, five, onagraceae, pink, primrose, small, spring, sun

Fairy Lantern or Globe Lily Fairy Lantern or Globe Lily
Calochortus albus
May, near Manzana Schoolhouse
In various stages of going to seed. You can see the fruit in the upper right corner.

Keywords: albus, calochortus, fairy, fuzzy, globe, lantern, lillies, lily, round, shade, spring, white

Farewell to Spring Farewell to Spring
Clarkia cylindrica
Spring, Manzana Trail to the Schoolhouse
These can be found along Highway 154 as well in late spring.

Keywords: clarkia, cylindrica, farewell, five, pink, spring, summer, sun

Fennel Fennel
Foeniculum vulgare
Isla Vista
Invasive weed. Tastes like licorice. You can eat this. It's the same as what's in the store, and was imported from Europe.

Keywords: fennel, fluffy, foeniculum, fragrant, invasive, licorice, seeds, soft, sun, tall, vulgare, weed, yellow

Fiddlenecks Fiddlenecks
Amsinckia menziesii
Santa Barbara Potrero
Or thereabouts. Or maybe the Carrizo Plain. Can't remember where I took the picture, but I've seen it in both places, and on top of Little Pine Mountain. It likes meadows.

Keywords: amsinckia, curved, fiddle, fiddleneck, fiddlenecks, meadow, menziesii, neck, prickly, small, sticky, sun, tiny, yellow

Fiesta Flower Fiesta Flower
Pholistoma auritum
Spring, Rattlesnake Trail
The year I took this photo (2003) these were covering an entire hillside on the trail and were stunning. They prefer moist shady places under oak trees.

Keywords: auritum, fiesta, flower, fuzzy, pholistoma, purple, shade, short, small, spring, sticky

Fire poppy Fire poppy
Papaver californicum
McMenemy Trail
Blooms in April or May. Very small. Flower was only 1 inch or so wide. Grew in a somewhat shady spot on south-facing slope in a lush, moist area. Flower books say they are abundant after a fire.

Keywords: californicum, fire, four, orange, papaver, poppy, slender, small, spring

Fleabane Asters Fleabane Asters
Erigeron foliosus
Early Summer on Lost Valley Trail
This was growing near that first little camp near the creek. Not many flowers were left at this time, but there were quite a few of these in shady spots.

Keywords: aster, asters, common, daisy, erigeron, foliosus, hoary, leafy, purple, shade, summer, wooly

Foothill Penstemon Foothill Penstemon
Penstemon heterophyllus
Manzana Trail
The buds are yellow and the blooms are electric blue. The plant is about 2ft. high.

Keywords: blue, foothill, heterophylla, mountain, penstemon, purple, summer, sun, tubular, yellow

Fragrant Pitcher Sage Fragrant Pitcher Sage
Lepechinia fragrans
Tequepis Trail
Grow in sun, bloom in summer. When flower fades, leaves behind a crispy, papery shell that can be green to brown to reddish.

Keywords: brown, crispy, crunchy, fragrans, fragrant, green, lepechinia, paper, pitcher, red, reddish, sage, summer, sun, white

Fragrant Pitcher Sage Fragrant Pitcher Sage
Lepechinia fragrans
Tequepis Trail
Grow in sun, bloom in summer. When flower fades, leaves behind a crispy, papery shell that can be green to brown to reddish.

Keywords: brown, crispy, crunchy, fragrans, fragrant, green, lepechinia, paper, pitcher, red, reddish, sage, summer, sun, white

Fuchsia-flowering Gooseberry Fuchsia-flowering Gooseberry
Ribes speciosum
May, Hurricane Deck
These are pretty common in shady places or on north-facing slopes.

Keywords: berry, dangle, flowering, fuscia, fuscia-flowering, fuzzy, goose, gooseberry, red, ribes, shade, small, speciosum, spring

Giant Coreopsis Giant Coreopsis
Coreopsis gigantea
March, Oso Flaco Dunes
To see the Giant Coreopsis is one good reason to go to the dunes.

Keywords: beach, coreopsis, fleshy, giant, gigantea, large, spring, sun, thick, yellow

Giant-Flowered Phacelia Giant-Flowered Phacelia
Phacelia grandiflora
Spring, Tom's Hippie House Trail near Cold Springs Trail

Keywords: blue, curly, fuzzy, giant, giant-flowered, grandiflora, large, phacelia, purple, shade, spring, sticky, summer

Giant-Flowered Phacelia Giant-Flowered Phacelia
Phacelia grandiflora
Spring, Tom's Hippie House Trail near Cold Springs Trail

Keywords: blue, curly, fuzzy, giant, giant-flowered, grandiflora, large, phacelia, purple, shade, spring, sticky, summer

Gilia Gilia
Gilia capitata
Spring, Gidney Ridge
These range from white to pale lavender and sometimes form near carpets of blossoms.

Keywords: capitata, gillia, long, purple, round, spring, sun, white

Godetia Clarkia Godetia Clarkia
Clarkia amoena
I identified this one from a gardener's web site. It looks just like a flower I used to sell at the flower stand, but a little different. It is definitely Clarkia, but I am not perfectly sure that Godetia is its exact common name.

Keywords: amoena, butterfly, clarkia, four, godetia, none, pink, purple, red, spring, srtipe, summer, sun, white

Golden Ear-drops Golden Ear-drops
Dicentra chrysantha
Manzana Trail
It grew in the sun near but away from the river.

Keywords: chrysantha, dicentra, drops, ear, golden, summer, sun, waxy, yellow

Golden Stars Golden Stars
Bloomeria crocea
Upper Davy Brown Trail
These are summer blooming and like grassy meadows and hills.

Keywords: bulb, gold, golden, lily, six, slender, star, stars, summer, sun, yellow

Golden Yarrow Golden Yarrow
Eriophyllum confertiflorum
Cold Springs Trail

Keywords: confertiflorum, eriophyllum, spring, summer, sun, yarrow, yellow

Gumplant Gumplant
Grindelia camporum
Summer, Bill Wallace Trail
Actually not on the trail, but wandering in the hills above the campground.

Keywords: asteraceae, fuzzy, grindelia camporum, gumplant, prickly, sticky, summer, sun, sunflower, thistle, yellow

Gumplant Gumplant
Grindelia camporum
Summer, Malibu
In a natural area near the beach.

Keywords: asteraceae, fuzzy, grindelia camporum, gumplant, prickly, sticky, summer, sun, sunflower, thistle, yellow

Hairy Bur-marigold or Beggar-ticks Hairy Bur-marigold or Beggar-ticks
Bidens pilosa
Cold Springs Trail
A weed.

Keywords: aster, beggar-ticks, bidens, bur-marigold, flat, hairy, pilosa, shade, yellow

Hairy or Narrowleaf Fringe-pod Hairy or Narrowleaf Fringe-pod
Thysanocarpus curvipes
Spring, Carrizo Plain

Keywords: curvipes, fringe, fringe-pod, narrowleaf, pod, shade, small, spring, sun, thysanocarpus, tiny

Hareweed, Gumweed Tarweed or Sticky Madia Hareweed, Gumweed Tarweed or Sticky Madia
Madia gracilis
Romero Trail
These small flowers grow next to the trail kind of as if they were weeds instead of wildflowers. Maybe they are.

Keywords: eight, fuzzy, gracilis, gumweed, hareweed, madia, small, sticky, tarweed, tiny, yellow

Harvest Brodiaea Harvest Brodiaea
Brodiaea jolonensis
Much purpler than this picture. Member of the Amaryllis family. Seen on the Tresspass trail near Gaviota.

Keywords: amaryllidaceae, amaryllis, blue, brodiaea, harvest, purple, six, spring, sun

Hawkweed Hawkweed
Hieracium argutum
Tunnel Trail
Summer blooming member of sunflower family.

Keywords: argutum, aser, fuzzy, hawkweed, hieracium, slender, small, summer, sunflower, yellow

Hedge Nettle Hedge Nettle
Stachys bullata
Cold Springs Trail past Forbush Flat
These are members of the mint family.

Keywords: bullata, hedge, mint, nettle, pink, purple, shade, spike, spikey, spring, stachys, tube, tubular, white

Horsetail Horsetail
Equisetum arvense
Romero Trail
These grow in or next to creeks. They are also purchased at the nursery for the garden.

Keywords: bushy, equisetum arvense, green, horse, horsetail, plant, segmented, tail, tall

Humboldt Lily Humboldt Lily
Lillium paradalinum
Late spring, Fir Canyon
Sometimes the flowers don't make it because of a bug that eats it before it can bloom.

Keywords: bulb, humboldt, leopard, lillies, lillium, lily, orange, paradalinum, slender, spring, sun, tall, tiger

Hummingbird Sage Hummingbird Sage
Salvia spathacea
May at Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Also called Scarlet Pitcher Sage. Common in shady moist places under oak trees.

Keywords: crimson, hummingbird, pink, red, sage, salvia, shade, spathacea, spike, spikey, spring, tall

Ice Plant Ice Plant
Conicosia pugioniformis
March, Oso Flaco Dunes

Keywords: conicosia pugioniformis, ice, non-native, plant, sun, yellow

Indian Paintbrush Indian Paintbrush
Castilleja affinis
Spring, Little Pine Mountain along the trail

Keywords: affinis, castilleja, gray, indian, paintbrush, red, shade, shrub, spring, summer, sun

Indian Paintbrush Indian Paintbrush
Castilleja affinis
Spring, near Forbush Flat

Keywords: affinis, castilleja, gray, indian, paintbrush, red, shade, shrub, spring, summer, sun

Indian Pink Indian Pink
Silene californica
Boulder Creek Trail out of Dough Flat
More toward Ojai.

Keywords: californica, fuzzy, indian, pink, red, silene, spring

Indian Pinks Indian Pinks
Silene laciniata
Rattlesnake Trail
These grow in the shade in the lower sections of our frontcountry trails and bloom in summer or spring.

Keywords: brush, indian, laciniata, paint, pink, pinks, red, shade, silene, slender, small, summer, tubular

Indian Pinks Indian Pinks
Silene laciniata
Cold Springs Trail
These are rather strange-looking Indian pinks. They are larger with a dark center. We thought maybe there was a bug in the center, but it was just the stamens.

Keywords: brush, indian, laciniata, paint, pink, pinks, red, shade, silene, slender, small, summer, tubular

Indian Warrior Indian Warrior
Pedicularis densiflora
Trail to the Playgrounds
These flowers are members of the figwort family and are parasitic on the roots of certain chaparral plants. I saw them growing under chamise bushes.

Keywords: densiflora, figwort, indian, parasite, parasitic, pedicularis, pink, prickly, red, shade, short, spring, warrior

Islay Cherry Islay Cherry
Prunus ilicifolia
Grows all over in Chaparral, has edible cherries in early fall. Also called Holly-leaf cherry.

Keywords: cherry, cream, holly, islay, leaf, prunus ilicifolia, small, sun, white

Johnny Jump-up Johnny Jump-up
Viola pedunculata
Early Spring, Arroyo Burro Trail going down the North side
These are common on Snyder Trail near Paradise Road, too.

Keywords: johnny, jump, jump-up, penduculata, shade, spring, viola, violet, yellow

Lanceleaf Dudleya Lanceleaf Dudleya
Dudleya lanceolata
Lost Valley Trail at the Pine Tree
Actually right underneath the pine tree. The flowers extend from a stalk from the middle of the plant and form a little umbrella of smaller stems with these waxy little flowers attached.

Keywords: cactus, dudleya, gray, lanceleaf, lanceolata, orange, red, silver, succulent, sun, waxy, yellow

Large-flowered lotus Large-flowered lotus
Lotus grandiflorus
Blue Canyon Trail
These are pretty common near the coast in the early spring. They last pretty long, but they don't smell like anything.

Keywords: flowered, grandiflorus, large, lotus, pea, pink, red, shade, spring, summer, sun, sweet, vine, yellow

Long-beaked filaree Long-beaked filaree
Erodium botrys
McMenemy Trail
These are a type of geranium. Very small, about 2-3 inches high with a flower about 1/2 inch in diameter.

Keywords: beaked, botrys, erodium, fillaree, fillary, fillery, five, geranium, hairy, long, long-beaked, pink, purple, spring, sun, tiny

Lupine Lupine
Lupinus bicolor
Spring, near Zaca Peak
You can drive out to the end of Cataway road and walk a little ways to see this display.

Keywords: bicolor, blue, bluebonnets, carpet, lupine, lupinus, meadow, purple, shade, spring, sun

Lupine Lupine
Lupinus bicolor
Spring, near Zaca Peak
These were exceptionally blue.

Keywords: bicolor, blue, bluebonnets, carpet, lupine, lupinus, meadow, purple, shade, spring, sun

Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair Fern
Madiantum jordanii
These can be found in the shade in moist places like near creeks. They are pretty common. They also like waterfalls.

Keywords: adiantum, black, delicate, fern, green, jordanii, maidenhair, shade, soft

Manzanita Manzanita
Arctostaphylos ssp.
Trail to the Playgrounds
A common chaparral plant, easily recognized by the red, peeling bark. Blooms in spring.

Keywords: arctostaphylos, bell, chaparral, manzanita, spring, waxy, white

Mariposa Lily Mariposa Lily
Calochortus catalinae
Spring, Little Pine Mountain
Grew in a recently burned area. Also called Catalina Marioposa Lily.

Keywords: butterfly, calochortus, catalinae, lillies, lily, long, mariposa, pink, slender, spring, sun, tulip

Mariposa Lily Mariposa Lily
Calochortus clavatus
Manzana Trail
Here's a yellow mariposa lily.

Keywords: butterfly, calochortus, clavatus, lily, mariposa, shade, summer, sun, yellow

Milkmaids Milkmaids
Cardamine californica
Cold Springs Trail
Milkmaids are some of the first to bloom in spring. They like the deepest shade and moist canyon hillsides not to far from creeks.

Keywords: brassicaceae, californica, cardamine, maid, milk, milkmaid, milkmaids, mustard, pink, shade, spring, white

Miner's Lettuce Miner's Lettuce
Claytonia perfoliata
Spring, Rattlesnake Connector Trail
Miner's Lettuce is very common in shady areas and is edible.

Keywords: claytonia, edible, green, lettuce, miners, perfoliata, perfoliata green, shade, short, spring, tiny, white

Miner's Lettuce Miner's Lettuce
Claytonia perfoliata
Willow Springs Trail
Very common in front and backcountry. Grows in shade, very tiny, sometimes the leaf is reddish. Edible. This one was varigated.

Keywords: claytonia, five, green, lettuce, low, miner, perfoliata, shade, small, tiny, white

Mission bells or checkered lily Mission bells or checkered lily
Fritillaria ojaiensis
Cold Srings Trail near the Santa Ynez River
I've seen a good patch of these on the Santa Cruz trail near the trailhead (the real trailhead, not the dirt road). Some other flower web sites show pictures of these the color of chocolate lillies. Grows in deep shade and blooms in spring.

Keywords: bells, brown, checkered, deep, fritillaria, green, lanceolata, lily, mission, ojaiensis, shade, six, spring, yellow

Morning Glory Morning Glory
Calystegia macrostegia
West Fork Cold Springs
This picture is good to see the buds, which are flat and triangular. The leaves are shaped like triangular arrowheads, too.

Keywords: calystegia, glory, macrostegia, morning, shade, summer, trumpet, tube, tubular, vine, white

Mountain Lilac or Ceanothus Mountain Lilac or Ceanothus
Ceanothus spp.
Late winter/early spring (same thing for Santa Barbara)
Ceanothus blooms in shades of white to lilac. Smells wonderful as you walk under canopies of it.

Keywords: ceanothus, chaparral, fragrant, lilac, mountain, perennial, shrub, spring, sun, tiny, tree, white

Mountain Lilac or Spiny ceanothus Mountain Lilac or Spiny ceanothus
Ceanothus spinosus
Matilija Canyon
Early Spring. Matilija Canyon is near Ojai, but I saw lots of lavendar ceanothus in Santa Barbara, as well.

Keywords: blue, ceanothus, chaparral, fragrant, lavender, lilac, mountain, perennial, purple, shrub, spinosus, spiny, spring, sun, tiny, tree

Mountain Mahogany seeds Mountain Mahogany seeds
Cerocarpus betuloides
These can be found in the chaparral. The flowers are white. These are the seeds.

Keywords: betuloides, cerocarpus, curly, fuzzy, mahogany, mountain, shrub, soft, summer, sun, tree, white

Mountain violet Mountain violet
Viola purpurea
Mission Pine Basin
Grew in sandy washes. Bloomed in April.

Keywords: low, mountain, purpurea, small, spring, tiny, viola, violet, yellow

Mulefat Mulefat
Baccharis salicifolia
Romero Canyon
These are members of the sunflower family. They are invasive. They like to grow near creeks.

Keywords: baccharis, fat, fuzzy, invasive, mule, mulefat, salicifolia, shady, spring, sunflower, white

Mustang Mint Mustang Mint
Monardella lanceolata
Davy Brown Trail
Likes sun. Blooms in June. Attracts butterflies. Found also on Manzana trail toward Schoolhouse.

Keywords: lanceolata, mint, monardella, mustang, purple, summer, sun

Mustard Evening Primrose Mustard Evening Primrose
Camissonia californica
Romero Trail
These small flowers are recognizable by their four petals and slender, bare stalks.

Keywords: bare, californica, camissonia, evening, four, mustard, primrose, slender, spring, stalk, sun, yellow

narrowleaf goldenbush narrowleaf goldenbush
Ericameria linearifolia
Hurricane Deck
There are many kinds of flowers that look similar to this and that are related. Seems like half the flowers in our region are some variation of the sunflower, which are also a variation of Aster.

Keywords: aster, bush, butterweed, flaccidus, senecio, shrubby, sun, sunflower, yellow

Nevada Cinquefoil Nevada Cinquefoil
Potentilla glandulosa ssp. nevadensis
Manzana Creek
The distribution map of this sub species does not put it in Santa Barbara County, but it is in Ventura County. Perhaps it has arrived here on somebody's boot. It was found in the shade on the bank of Manzana Creek on the way to the schoolhouse.

Keywords: cinquefoil, five, nevada, nevadensis, potentilla glandulosa, shade, sticky, yellow

Owl's Clover Owl's Clover
Orthocarpus purpurascens
Spring, Aliso Trail
Owl's clover is pretty common and likes grassy meadows.

Keywords: clover, meadow, orthocarpus, owls, pink, purpurascens, short, spike, spikey, spring, sun

Oyster Plant Oyster Plant
Tragopogon porrifolius
Parma Park
European biennial found near dirt roads. It produces a large dandilion like seed display. The roots are edible.

Keywords: oyster, plant, porrifolius, purple, star, summer, tragopogon, weed

Pearly Everlast Pearly Everlast
Gnaphalium californicum
Manzana Trail
Also called California Everlasting. Has a nice butterscotch smell especially after it dries more.

Keywords: california, dry, everlast, everlasting, peraly, summer, sun, white, yellow center

Periwinkle Periwinkle
Vinca major
Cold Springs Trail
Periwinkle is non-native. It has naturalized near creeks in our frontcountry. Usually when you see periwinkle it means that at some time in the past someone probably had a homestead there.

Keywords: blue, groundcover, low, major, naturalized, periwinkle, purple, shade, vinca, vine

Phacelia Phacelia
Phacelia ciliata
Spring, Carrizo Plain

Keywords: blue, carpet, ciliata, fuzzy, phacelia, purple, shade, spring, sticky, sun

Poison Hemlock Poison Hemlock
Conium maculatum
Toro Canyon
Looks like Queen Anne's Lace, but is Poison Hemlock. It really is poisonous.

Keywords: carrot, conium, hemlock, lacy, maculatum, poison, small, summer, tiny, white

Poison Oak Poison Oak
Toxicodendron diversilobum
Spring
Poison oak can be found almost anywhere, but particularly in moist shady areas under the trees.

Keywords: diversilobum, lobate, oak, oily, poison, shade, spring, toxicodendron, yellow

Popcorn Flower Popcorn Flower
Borage, Cryptantha spp.
Willow Springs Trail
I think "Popcorn Flower" is a catch all name for tiny, fluffy white flowers. But apparently they are identified quite precisely by microscopic examinations. I didn't do any of that, of course.

Keywords: borage, cryptantha, fuzzy, small, spring, sticky, tiny, white

Prickly Phlox Prickly Phlox
Leptodactylon californicum
Spring, Hurricane Deck and Lost Valley Trail junction

Keywords: californicum, five, leptodactylon, phlox, pink, prickly, purple, spring, sun

Prickly Phlox Prickly Phlox
Leptodactylon californicum
Spring, East Camino Cielo Road

Keywords: californicum, five, leptodactylon, phlox, pink, prickly, purple, spring, sun

Prince's Plume Prince's Plume
Stanleya pinnata
May at Manzana Schoolhouse Camp

Keywords: bottlebrush, long, pinnata, plume, prince, spike, spikey, spring, stanleya, sun, yellow

Purple Perez Purple Perez
Acourtia microcephala?
Spring, Potrero Trail
A botanist friend identified this. I have never seen the purple part. In summer it dries up and is very crunchy as you walk on or by it. It tends to grow under the Chamise.

Keywords: acourtia, microcephala, perez, purple, shade, spring

Purple Sage Purple Sage
Salvia leucophylla
Spring, Potrero Trail
Purple sage is quite common.

Keywords: fragrant, leucophylla, perennial, pink, purple, sage, salvia, spikey, spring, sun

Purple Sage Purple Sage
Salvia leucophylla
Jesusita Trail
Purple sage is quite common.

Keywords: fragrant, leucophylla, perennial, pink, purple, sage, salvia, spikey, spring, sun

Red Maids Red Maids
Calandrinia ciliata
Carrizo Plains
The camera doesn't quite capture the electric red that these are. They look way too purple-pink here.

Keywords: calandrinia, ciliata, five, low, maids, pink, red, redmaids, small, spring, sun

Rock Rose Rock Rose
Helianthemum scoparium
Cold Springs Trail
This resembles deerweed in a way, and can be found growing next to it.

Keywords: cistaceae, fine, five, helianthemum, rock, rose, scoparium, small, summer, sun, yellow

Rose clover Rose clover
Trifolium hirtum
McMenemy trail
April in the sun.

Keywords: clover, hairy, hirtum, low, pink, rose, small, spring, sun, trifolium

Rose Snapdragon Rose Snapdragon
Antirrhinum multiflorum
Montecito Peak
These flowers are a little sticky to the touch.

Keywords: antirrhinum, dragon, fuzzy, multiflorum, pink.purple, snap, snapdragon, sticky, summer, sun, tall

Scarlet Bugler Penstemon Scarlet Bugler Penstemon
Penstemon centranthifolius
Spring, Lost Valley Trail at junction with Hurricane Deck
I waited a very long time to take a picture of the hummingbird. These flowers attract hummingbirds.

Keywords: bugler, centranthifolius, penstemon, red, scarlet, slender, spring, summer, sun, tall, tubular

Scarlet Larkspur Scarlet Larkspur
Delphinium cardinale
Gibraltar Rd near Flores Flats
Upper Cold Springs near Montecito Peak has lots of these, as does East Camino Cielo Road near the end of the pavement. Blooms around summer solstice.

Keywords: cardinale, delphinium, larkspur, red, scarlet, slender, spike, spikey, summer, sun, tall

Scarlet Monkeyflower Scarlet Monkeyflower
Mimulus cardinalis
Davy Brown Trail/Fir Canyon
These grow near creeks. They don't have a lot of flowers in a bunch like regular orange monkey flowers.

Keywords: cardinalis, flower, fuzzy, low, mimulus, monkey, monkeyflower, red, scarlet, shade

Scarlet Pimpernel Scarlet Pimpernel
Anagallis arvensis
This little plant is usually considered a weed, and grows like one too. But it appears on wildflower lists all the time and has a respectable name. I have always loved these. I used to play with them when I was a child in Goleta.

Keywords: anagallis, arvensis, five, low, orange, peach, pimpernel, pink, primrose, primulaceae, scarlet, small, spring, summer, tiny, weed

Seep Monkey-flower Seep Monkey-flower
Mimulus guttatus
Spring, Franklin Trail
A reliable place to see these is on Happy Canyon Road just past the shooting range. They grow around springs.

Keywords: flower, guttatus, mimulus, monkey, monkeyflower, seep, shade, spring, summer, yellow

Shooting star Shooting star
Dodecatheon
Spring, Snyder Trail
Shooting stars are one of the earliest spring flowers and prefer shady or north-facing grassy hillsides.

Keywords: dodecatheon, early, pink, shade, shooting, shooting-star, slender, spring, star, sun

Slender Tarweed Slender Tarweed
Hemizonia fasciculata
Malibu near the beach on a bluff

Keywords: fasciculata, five, hemizonia, serrated, slender, summer, tarweed, yellow

Snakeweed Snakeweed
Gutierrezia californica
Snakeweed
Lost Valley Trail. Has very tiny flowers. Bloomed in fall next to trail. Originally mistaken for Golden Bush (Ericameria ericoides).

Keywords: autumn, fall, golden bush, gutierrezia californica, low, small, snakeweed, sun, tiny, yellow

Sneezeweed Sneezeweed
Helenium puberulum
Red Rock upper swimming hole
I don't know what this is. It was growing in a seep at a swimminghole at Red Rock. It has no petals.

Keywords: annuus, ball, cockerell, helenium, helianthus, none, puberulum, round, sneezeweed, summer, sun, yellow

Snowdrop bush Snowdrop bush
Styrax officinalis
West Camino Cielo Rd.
I've seen these on the trail to the Playgrounds, too. Likes less than full sun.

Keywords: berry, drop, fragrant, officinalis, shade, shrub, six, snow, snowdrop, spring, styrax, sun, white

Soap plant Soap plant
Chlorogalum pomeridianum
Toro Canyon
Finally I find out what bloomed from the distinctive, low-growing, long, narrow lily-like leaves I kept seeing on the trail. These are very tall.

Keywords: chlorogalum, lily, plant, pomeridianum, slender, soap, summer, sun, tall, white

Star Lily or Death Camas Star Lily or Death Camas
Zigadenus fremontii
Spring, Rattlesnake Trail

Keywords: bulb, camas, death, fremontii, green, lily, six, slender, spikey, star, white, zigadenus

Star Thistle Star Thistle
Centaurea solstitialis
East Camino Cielo Rd.
Invasive weed, grows everywhere. Is easily confused with Tocolote, but has longer thorns and is generally taller. Seems to grow at lower elevations than Tocolote can.

Keywords: centaurea, invasive, solstitialis, spring, star, summer, thistle, thorny, tocolote, yellow

Sticky Phacelia Sticky Phacelia
Phacelia viscida
May, Hurricane Deck
These like full sun and poor soil. I found them in gypsum-rich soil.

Keywords: blue, indigo, low, phacelia, purple, short, small, spring, sticky, sun, viscida

Stinging lupine Stinging lupine
Lupinus hirsutissimus
Spring, Aliso Trail
The ID for this is a guess. The only similar photo I found was much bluer than this one. Lupines are members of the pea family, as is the yellow flower in the background.

Keywords: fuzzy, hirsutissimus, lupine, lupinus, pink, prickly, spike, spikey, spring, sun

Stinging Nettle Stinging Nettle
Urtica dioica
Manzana River
Stinging nettle hurts very much. It often cloggs the trail at river crossings, forcing you to brush against. it. Avoid it if you can.

Keywords: creek, green, nettle, pain, river, stinging, summer, sun

Stinging Nettle Stinging Nettle
Urtica dioica
Davy Brown Trail
Stinging nettle hurts very much. It often cloggs the trail at river crossings, forcing you to brush against. it. Avoid it if you can.

Keywords: creek, green, nettle, pain, river, stinging, summer, sun

Stream Orchid Stream Orchid
Epipactis gigantea
Found near streams. You may find it where you also find horse tails. It is a true orchid, and despite the "gigantea" in the name, it is very small. The flowers are about an inch or less in size.

Keywords: april, brown, epipactis, gigantea, green, helleborus, may, orchid, shade, spring, stream

Suncups Suncups
Camissonia bistorta
Carrizo Plain
Low growing spring flower.

Keywords: bistorta, camissonia, cups, four, primrose, small, sun, suncups, tiny, yellow

Tall stephanomeria or Wand chicory Tall stephanomeria or Wand chicory
Stephanomeria virgata
Arroyo Burro Trail
Summer blooming. Likes sun and can be seen growing along East Camino Cielo Rd.

Keywords: autumn, chicory, fall, pink, purple, slender, stephanomeria, summer, sun, tall, virgata, wand, white

Tamarisk or Saltcedar Tamarisk or Saltcedar
Tamarix ramosissima
Red Rock
Invasive, non-native weed. Drinks too much water and can suck water resources dry, depriving other plants of water.

Keywords: cedar, pink, ramosissima, salt, saltcedar, shrub, summer, sun, tamarisk, tamarix, tree

Thick-leaved Yerba Santa Thick-leaved Yerba Santa
Eriodictyon crassifolium
Romero Trail
These are common wherever sunny, sagey places are. It looks just like Yerba Santa only with white flowers instead of purple.

Keywords: crassifolium, eriodictyon, santa, silver, thickleaf, white, yerba

Thistle Thistle
Circium vulgare
Near 19 Oaks
There are many kinds of thistles that look similar to this one. The heads on these are about 1 inch across.

Keywords: bull, cirsium, pink, prickly, purple, red, summer, sun, thistle, vulgare, weed

Tidy Tips Tidy Tips
Layia platyglossa
Spring, Camuesa Connector

Keywords: carpet, layia, low, platyglossa, short, small, spring, sun, tidy, tip, tips, yellow

Tocolote Tocolote
Centaurea melitensis
East Camino Cielo Rd.
Invasive weed, grows everywhere. Is easily confused with Start thistle, but has shorter thorns and is generally a shorter plant. It also seems to have a larger range including higher altitude than star thistle.

Keywords: centaurea, invasive, melitensis, spring, star, summer, thistle, thorny, tocolote, yellow

Toyon Toyon
Heteromeles arbutifolia
19 Oaks
This is the fruit. Fruit at Christmas. Flowers are white. Common chaparral shrub.

Keywords: arbutifolia, berry, chaparral, christmas, fruit, hereromeles, red, shrub, sun, toyon, winter

Tree Tobacco Tree Tobacco
Nicotiana glauca
Romero Trail
These grow everywhere like weeds. Most people see them that way and rip them out. They bloom almost all year, and one year I was entertained daily by all the hummingbirds who fought over their tobacco tree. Very attractive to hummers.

Keywords: glauca, nicotiana, nightshade, summer, tall, tobacco, tree, tube, tunular, yellow

Turkish Rugging Turkish Rugging
Chorizanthe staticoides
Cold Springs Trail
There is a good patch on the dirt road at the powerlines on Cold Springs Trail.

Keywords: buckwheat, chorizanthe, fuzzy, leafless, low, obovata, pink, short, spring, summer, sun

Twining snapdragon Twining snapdragon
Antirrhinum kelloggii
West Fork
Very small and really looks like a snapdragon, so it's easy to identify.

Keywords: antirrhinum, dragon, kelloggii, purple, slender, small, snap, snapdragon, summer, sun, tiny, twining

Unknown little white flower Unknown little white flower
Carrizo Plains
Grew under a juniper bush.

Keywords: five, shade, small, tiny, unknown, white

Unknown small purple flower Unknown small purple flower
Toro Canyon
This small flower grew in the shade.

Keywords: five, purple, shade, slender, small, summer, unknown

Unknown tiny purple flower Unknown tiny purple flower
Unknown flower
Very short flower about 1 inch high. Grew on dirt road in sandy clay soil at about 4-5000' elevation above Carrizo Plains.

Keywords: clay, dry, five, purple, short, small, sun, tiny, unknown

Venus Thistle or Red Thistle Venus Thistle or Red Thistle
Cirsium occidentale var. venustum
Davy Brown Trial
Likes sun, blooms in summer.

Keywords: cirsium, occidentale, prickly, red, summer, sun, thistle, venus, venustum

Verbena Verbena
Verbena lasiostachys
Gaviota Hot Springs
I can't remember if we went during Spring or Summer. This flower is quite common in disturbed areas.

Keywords: lasiostachys, low, purple, shade, small, spikey, spring, summer, sun, tiny, verbena

Wedge-leaf horkelia Wedge-leaf horkelia
Horkelia cuneata
Toro Canyon
A member of the rose family. Grew next to a dirt road in a spot that would probably have shade at least half the day.

Keywords: cuneata, five, horkelia, rose, small, summer, wedge-leaf, white

Weed's Mariposa Lily Weed's Mariposa Lily
Calochortus fimbriatus
These hairy kind like to grow in sunny places half-way up the mountains and bloom early summer. I've seen them on Inspiration Point, Mission Ridge and near the power lines on Arroyo Burro trail.

Keywords: calochortus, hairy, lillies, lily, long, mariposa, pink, red, slender, spring, summer, sun, tulip, weedii, white

Western Blue Eyed Grass Western Blue Eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium bellum
Spring, near Upper Oso Campground

Keywords: bellum, blue, blue-eyed, bunch, bunchy, eyed, grass, sisyrinchium, six, small, spring, sun, tiny, western

Western Sycamore seeds Western Sycamore seeds
Platanus racemosa
Romero Trail
I hadn't noticed the seeds of sycamore before they become fuzzy balls before.

Keywords: big leaf maple, green, platanus, racemosa, spring, sycamore, western

White Nightshade White Nightshade
Solanum douglasii
Cold Springs Trail
Actually, I took this picture on the road where you park. Likes shade.

Keywords: douglasii, five, nightshade, shade, solanum, white

White Nightshade White Nightshade
Solanum douglasii
Romero Trail
Don't eat this. Poisonous.

Keywords: douglasii, five, nightshade, shade, solanum, white

White Phacelia White Phacelia
Phacelia viscida var.albiflora
West Fork Cold Springs
On the upper, "illegal" trail. The latin name probably is not correct. I couldn't find a similar picture anywhere.

Keywords: albiflora, fuzzy, phacelia, sticky, summer, sun, viscida, white

White Sage White Sage
Salvia apiana
Romero Trail
People collect this sage to make those whitesage smudges or for incense that sort of smells like marijuana.

Keywords: apiana, fragrant, sage, salvia, silver, smudge, spring, stalks, sticky, white

Wild Carrot Wild Carrot
Daucus pusillus
Manzana Trail
Also called Rattlesnake Weed.

Keywords: daucus pusillus, green, rattlesnake weed, shade, spring, sun, white, wild carrot

Wild Cucumber Wild Cucumber
Marah macrocarpus
Grows in shade. The leaves around these flowers are not the leaves of the plant. The leaves of the plant are shaped more like ivy leaves and have a sparkly, fuzzy quality. These vines have curly tendrils that reach out to allow the plant to climb all over everything. Blooms in early spring.

Keywords: cucumber, macrocarpus, marah, shade, spring, vine, white, wild

Wild Cucumber or California Man-root Wild Cucumber or California Man-root
Marah fabaceus
Probably late spring
Wild cucumber is poisonous. Likes shade. Has a small cluster of white flowers and curly viny stems. The fruit, shown here, is very large and spiny. Don't eat it.

Keywords: california, cucumber, curly, fabaceus, green, man, man-root, marah, prickly, root, round, shade, spiny, spring, viny, white, wild

Wild Parsley Wild Parsley
Apiaceae
Early Spring, Arroyo Burro Trail
Related to carrot, I think.

Keywords: apiaceae, carrot, low, meadow, parsley, shade, short, small, spring, sun, tiny, wild, yellow

Wild Rose Wild Rose
Rosa californica
June, Coldwater Camp on the Manzana Trail
These are common in shady places near creeks. They can be found among the poison oak. They have very small buds and a wonderful rose scent.

Keywords: californica, fragrant, pink, rosa, rose, shade, shrub, summer, thorny, wild

Willow Herb Clarkia Willow Herb Clarkia
Clarkia epilobioides
Cold Springs Trail
Also called Fairy Fan. These are small and grew on the shady side of a hill. They had a pinkish bud. The red stuff growing with it is figwort.

Keywords: clarkia, epilobioides, fairy, fan, four, herb, pink, shade, small, tiny, white, willow

Wind poppy Wind poppy
Stylomecon heterophylla
May, Hurricane Deck
This is a rare find. I found it in deep shade on a north-facing slop at about 3-4000 feet elevation.

Keywords: four, heterophylla, orange, shade, slender, small, spring, stylomecon

Wine Cups Wine Cups
Clarkia speciosa
Spring, Manzana Trail to the Schoolhouse
Wine cups open only a little more than this. This picture was taken in the morning. They like grassy meadows.

Keywords: clarkia, cups, meadow, pink, purple, red, slender, small, speciosa, spring, sun, wine

Wishbone Bush Wishbone Bush
Mirabilis californica
Romero Trail
These are members of the Four O' Clock family, but didn't seem to wait until four to open.

Keywords: bone, bush, californica, clock, five, four, mirabilis, nyctaginaceae, pink, purple, shade, summer, wish, wishbone

Wishbone Bush Wishbone Bush
Mirabilis californica
Tom's Hippie House trail near Cold Springs Trail
These are members of the Four O' Clock family, but didn't seem to wait until four to open.

Keywords: bone, bush, californica, clock, five, four, mirabilis, nyctaginaceae, pink, purple, shade, summer, wish, wishbone

Woodland star Woodland star
Lithophragma affine
April, Willow Springs Trail
Most photographs I've seen don't show such a frilly petal.

Keywords: affine, five, lithophragma, low, shade, short, small, spring, star, tiny, white, woodland

Wooly Blue Curls Wooly Blue Curls
Trichostema lanatum
Tunnel Trail
Wooly blue curls like burn zones and full sun. They have a pineapple-sage fragrance.

Keywords: blue, curls, fuzzy, lanatum, perennial, purple, sage, spring, summer, sun, trichostema, wooly

Yellow Indian Paintbrush Yellow Indian Paintbrush
Castilleja affinis
Spring, Little Pine Mountain in the burn area

Keywords: affinis, castilleja, gray, indian, paintbrush, red, shade, shrub, spring, summer, sun

Yellow Pincushion Yellow Pincushion
Chanactis glabriuscula
Figueroa Mountain Road
Blooms in full sun in spring. Can be found in Little Pine Mountain area, too.

Keywords: chanactis, glabriuscula, pincusion, spring, sun, yellow

Yellow Salsify Yellow Salsify
Tragopogon dubius
May, Potrero Trail near Negis Cave
I also saw this called Silver Puffs for the dandylion puffs it makes.

Keywords: asteraceae, dandylion, dubius, salsify, slender, spring, sun, tragopogon, yellow

Yellow Salsify Yellow Salsify
Tragopogon dubius
Spring, Potrero Trail in the meadow
I have heard another name for these but can't remember what it is!

Keywords: asteraceae, dandylion, dubius, salsify, slender, spring, sun, tragopogon, yellow

Yerba mansa Yerba mansa
Anemopsis californica
Gaviota Hot Springs
I can't remember if we went during Spring or Summer.

Keywords: anemopsis, californica, hot, low, mansa, shade, six, spike, spikey, spring, summer, white, yerba

Yerba Santa Yerba Santa
Eriodictyon crassifolium
Manzana Trail
Can be found on Lost Valley Trail, on Gibraltar Road, and in many places. It is quite common.

Keywords: crassifolium, eriodictyon, none, purple, sage, santa, summer, sun, yerba