Calling All California Natives: This is a Test!


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.)

Good luck!

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:

The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Western Region

National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America

2 thoughts on “Calling All California Natives: This is a Test!

  1. OK, this is really hard for us amateurs since not every photo includes foliage…not sure about the pink one, that purple looks like phacelia (doesn’t it become “Velcro plant” after flowering?). I’m guessing the yellow is a coast sunflower, encelia family. Lupines were in your post as well as sticky monkey flower, mimulus aurantiacus to be exact. The last one is Jimson weed and you had rosa californica represented too. The unidentified plant in your last AK post with the blue berries is mahonia, which out here caries the common name of Oregon grape, I’m curious what the common name is in AK. As long as we’re on the subject of plants, are you digging that Fremontodendron on Park Ave, Laguna Dirt? I haven’t done the inland side of Crystal Cove in years, love to go sometime. I’ve been going down into Wood Canyon a couple times a week, Cari & I are going at 7am Tuesday, wanna?

  2. The “I don’t know what this is” plant grows near the cliff edge here at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma. As you probably noted, it sparkles in the sun. I smile each time I see the plant, recalling my childhood, spent roaming the vacant lots of the Riviera District in San Clemente. Because the lots were cut and fill I’d find pieces of arrowheads, obsidian, jade and jasper for my “rock collection.” These were all archaeological finds from the Native Americans who lived in the area. Thank you for including that plant (whose name I still don’t know) and the pleasant memories it evoked. Susan Martin

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