Wildflowers in the Native Oak Woodlands, Mixed Fir Forests and Open Grasslands

on Bell Springs Mountain


Doug Zimmerman Photography

Early Spring Blooms

Early Spring Blooms

The wildflower show begins around the vernal equinox as sunny days and cold nights alternate with rain and occasional snow. Young plants emerge from the warming soft ground in an explosion of intense green hues, creating a lush background to display the colorful early spring blooms.

Buttercup
Ranunculus occidentalis

Manzanita
Arctostaphylos manzanita

Coastal larkspur
Delphinium decorum

Fawn lily
Erythronium californicum

Shooting star
Primula hendersonii

Giant white wakerobin trillium
Trillium albidum

Hound's tongue
Cynoglossum grande

Oso berry flower
Oemleria cerasiformis

Gooseberry
Ribes roezlii

California waterleaf
Hydrophyllum occidentale

American vetch
Vicia americana

Miner's lettuce
Claytonia perfoliata

Scarlet bell
Fritillaria recurva

Milk maid
Cardamine californica

Streambank beauty
Claytonia parviflora

Canyon larkspur
Delphinium nudicaule

Baby blue eyes
Nemophila menziesii

Two-eyed violet
Viola ocellata

Spring gold
Crocidium multicaule

Slender phlox
Microsteris gracilis

Shelton's yellow violet
Viola sheltonii

Lotus
Acmispon wrangelianu

Pacific madrone
Arbutus menziesii

Shooting star
Dodecatheon hendersonii

Whitlow grass
Draba verna

Indian warrior
Pedicularis densiflora

Bay laurel
Laurus nobilis

Smooth leaf saxifrage
Saxifraga integrifolia

Spinster's blue eyed mary
Collinsia sparsiflora

California saxifrage
Micranthes californica

Hill lotus
Acmispon parviflorus

Monkey flower
Mimulus Kelloggii

Mistmaiden
Romanzoffia californica

Purple sanicle
Sanicula bipinnatifida

Fawn lily seed formation
Erythronium californicum

Woodland nemophila
Nemophila parviflor

Common vetch
Vicia sativa

Bigleaf maple
Acer macrophyllum

Coast sanicle
Sanicula laciniata

Redmaids
Calandrinia ciliata

Wallflower
Erysimum capitatum

Loco weed
Astragalus gambelianus

Popcorn flower
Plagiobothrys nothofulvus

Black oak catkins
Quercus kelloggii

California tule pea
Lathyrus jepsonii

Hound's tongue going to seed
Cynoglossum grande

Oso berry bush
Oemleria cerasiformis

Cut-leaved geranium
Geranium dissectum

Roundleaf geranium
Geranium rotundifolium

Longbeak stork's bill
Erodium botrys

Storksbill geranium
Erodium cicutarium

Clasping henvit
Lamium amplexicaule







All photographs copyrighted. © Doug Zimmerman