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

on Bell Springs Mountain


Doug Zimmerman Photography

The peak of the wildflower season occurs during late spring. Flowers cover the landscape, with the largest number of species now in bloom. As the weather warms, direct sunlight on the ground is diminishing. Dappled shade on the forest floor expands as the oak canopy fills with new leaves. Wildflowers on the open hillsides become shaded by the rapidly growing grasses.

Fremont's star lily

Zigadenus fremontii

Bluedicks, Wild hyacinth

Dichelostemma capitatum

Wood rose

Rosa gymnocarpa

Crimson Columbine

Aquilegia formosa

Purdy's iris

Iris purdyi

Broom rape

Orobanche fasciculata

Bluedicks, Wild hyacinth

Dichelostemma capitatum

Bull clover

Trifolium fucatum

Tower butterweed

Senecio integerrimus

Coastal larkspur

Delphinium decorum

Slender clarkia

Clarkia gracilis

Cat's ears

Calochortus tolmiei

Fairy bells

Disporum hookeri

Fiddle Neck

Amsinckia menziesii

Dogbane

Apocynum androsaemifolium

Varileaf phacelia

Phacelia heterophyll

Spotted coralroot orchid

Corallorhiza maculata

Wavyleaf soap root leaf

Chlorogalum pomeridianum

Scarlet bell seedpods

Fritillaria recurva

California manroot

Marah fabaceus

Pacific stonecrop

Sedum spathulifolium

Lacepod

Thysanocarpus curvipes

Scarlet larkspur

Delphinium cardinal

Pacific mountain dogwood

Cornus nuttallii

Fork toothed ookow

Dichelostemma congestum

Meadow foam

Limnanthes douglasii

Lupine and Bull clover

Lupinus affinis

Popcorn flower

Plagiobothrys nothofulvus

Meadow rue

Thalictrum sparsiflorum

Purple Milkweed

Asclepias cordifolia

Oregon grape

Mahonia aquifolium

Mock orange

Philadelphus lewissi

Winecup clarkia

Clarkia purpurea

False solomon's seal

Smilacina racemosa

Chinese houses

Collinsia heterophylla

Forest madia bud

Madia madioides

Mertens or Wood saxifrange

Saxifraga mertensiana

Goldfields

Lasthenia californica

Indian paintbrush

Castilleja foliolosa

Mission bells or Checker lily

Fritillaria lanceolata

Oregon pea

Lathyrus polyphyllus

Sheeps sorrel

Rumex acetosella

Golden Poppy with Babystars

Eschscholzia californica

Giant-seeded lomatium

Lomatium macrocarpum

Scytheleaf onion

Allium falcifolium

Lewis' lomatium

Lewis's lomatium

Rock Cress

Arabis divaricarpa

Service Berry

Amelanchier alnifolia

Shortspur Seablush

Plectritis congesta

Scarlet larkspur

Delphinium cardinal

Sugar-scoop saxifrage

Tiarella trifoliata

Babystars & Lupin

Leptosiphon bicolor

Oregon grape

Mahonia aquifolium

Shooting star seed formation

Vicia sativa

California dandelion

Agoseris grandiflora

Common woolly sunflower

Eriophyllum lanatum

Woodland star

Lithophragma affine

California lomatium

California lomatium

Blue-eyed grass

Sisyrinchium bellum

Fern leaved lomatium

Lomatium dissectum

Canyon larkspur

Delphinium nudicaule







All photographs copyrighted. © Doug Zimmerman