Category Archives: Wildflowers

Horned Searocket

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A native of Europe, North Africa and Western Asia, horned searocket (Cakile maritima) was introduced to North America in the early 1800s via ships’ ballast. This annual has since naturalized throughout most of the coastal states where it can be … Continue reading

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Showy Rock Montia

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The Carr Fire in Northern California has already consumed over 200,000 acres and is still not contained. Unfortunately Whiskeytown National Recreation Area was almost completely burned. It will be years before this beautiful national treasure is restored. Thankfully Leonard and … Continue reading

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Davidson’s Penstemon

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There are over 50 Penstemon species, many of which are very difficult to identify.  (If you type “penstemon” into the CalFlora Website, over 100 different plants appear.) Davidson’s penstemon (Penstemon davidsonii) is a penstemon that, because of its form and … Continue reading

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Thorn Skeletonweed

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Thorn skeletonweed (Pleiacanthus spinosus) belongs to a monotypic genus, that is, there is only only species in the genus. It is called a subshrub because, although it resembles a shrub, thorn skeletonweed does not produce woody tissue. A member of … Continue reading

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False Solomon’s Seal

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Maianthemum racemosum has many common names: false Solomon’s seal, Solomon’s plume, false spikenard, branched Solomon’s seal, treacleberry and feathery false lily of the valley, to list a few. As a child I originally used the name false Solomon’s seal and … Continue reading

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Shasta Iris

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Creme/yellow irises in the Northwest are difficult to identify. This is made even more difficult because several of the species hybridize. Shasta iris (Iris tenuissima) closely resembles yellowleaf iris (Iris chrysophylla) and will hybridize with the yellowleaf iris. Shasta iris … Continue reading

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Cascara Flowers

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Most plants do not bloom and have fruit and/or seeds simultaneously. Usually I can only photograph the flowers or the fruit and must return or hope to eventually come upon the other stages of development. Additionally, some plants lose their … Continue reading

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