I know the names of most of these California native plants, and I’m no expert. How about you? I’m challenging you to name them. Just for kicks. No, there’s no prize. But here’s your chance to confirm that you are a plant nerd. Just name them in order in the comment section. There are only eight (two of same plant at the end.)
If context helps, I took these this afternoon on a hike at Crystal Cove State Park, located on the ocean between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. It was a little lean on the wildflowers, but the birds were amazing. All types of raptors, lots of warblers (mainly Orange-crowned and Common Yellowthroats), my favorite the California Thrasher, and even a family of three California Roadrunners. Too chilly for the snakes. Startled a coyote in our path.
Now back to the quiz…
What is with this obsessive need to capture the shot of the bee in the flower?
Only the bud. I have to make this challenging somehow.
If you don’t know this one, you might as well give up now.
This is another no-brainer.
These yellow flowers are tough. Try to look up a yellow flower in the The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Western Region
and good luck with that. There are a million types of yellow flowers. (These are dime size and smaller.)
I have no clue what this is. This is the wheat from the chaff shot. I’m assuming it’s a native because it was planted in the middle of a restoration area of the park.
Here’s a closer look.
One hint: Georgia.
That’s it. Wasn’t that fun? Next time, I promise a more challenging list!
By the way, what field guide is the best for California wildflowers? Here are two that look good to me: