California Wildflowers

Okay, class, let’s come to attention. Today’s lesson is wildflower nomenclature, specifically common names of California flowers. Oddly enough, there are no poppies to show you. Coffee and cookies are in the back.

I don’t usually take pictures of flowers. I tend to want people in my pictures, so I leave the scenery to Himself, who is much better at it than I am anyway. Today we hiked on Mt. Diablo and this is the perfect time for wildflowers. Our hike leader is a walking encyclopedia for the local flora, so I got lots of names. I also took the time to enter the names of each picture, mostly so I could take a breather from our uphill battle! Here’s what I learned.

First up is a PSA: watch out for Poison Oak!

Poison Oak
Poison Oak

Now, in no particular order (you might want to enlarge these – they’re worth it):

Miner's Lettuce - it's edible!
Miner’s Lettuce – it’s edible!
Chinese Houses
Chinese Houses
Fairy Lanterns
Fairy Lanterns
Virgin's Bower
Virgin’s Bower
Monkey Flowers
Monkey Flowers
Wild Sage, also edible
Wild Sage, also edible
Itherial's Spear
Itherial’s Spear
Tidy Tips
Tidy Tips
Owl's Clover
Owl’s Clover
Blue Dick
Blue Dick
Chamomile
Chamomile
Indian Paintbrush (two colors)
Indian Paintbrush (two colors)
Yarrow
Yarrow
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