Category: Flowers & Other Plants

Forest Clovers: Redwood Sorrel

When hiking in redwood forests, it’s likely that you’ve encountered redwood sorrel in the forest understory. A true shade-lover, redwood sorrel will fold its leaves when exposed to direct sunlight.

Lantern Flowers: Crimson (Western) Columbine

Learn about this outstanding Californian wildflower – from its evolutionary history to the best time to see it bloom.

Sticky and Vibrant: Monkeyflower

True to their name, sticky monkeyflowers have a sticky resin on their leaves. Their flowers are thought to resemble a smiling monkey. Can you see it?

A Pop of Purple: Western Blue-eyed Grass

Despite its deceiving common name, blue-eyed grass is actually a part of the iris family! Learn this and more about this vibrant California native wildflower.

California’s State Flower: The California Poppy

With bright orange flowers and intricate blue-green leaves, the California poppy is a state flower showstopper.

Bursts of Color: Indian Paintbrush

This parasitic beauty is a common flower along California’s trails. Learn more about its biology.