Wildflowers on Bell Springs Mountain

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

Doug Zimmerman Photography

Redwood lily

Redwood lily

The final wildflowers of the season must endure hot and dry conditions along with reduced access to sunlight. The forest floor is shady and in many areas covered in large patches of tall native bunchgrass. Open hillsides are dense with tall golden grasses developing seed heads. During this period, wildflowers find habitat along the forest edges, rocky outcrops, streams and dry watercourses. Many rise above competing vegetation by flowering at the top of long stems.

Mariposa Lily

Calochortus venustus

Ocean spray

Holodiscus discolor

Redwood Penstemon

Keckiella corymbosa

Narrow leaf milkweed & Monarch

Asclepias fascicularis

Purple milkweed


Redwood lily

Lilium rubescens


dichelostemma ida-maia

Blue Bell

Campanula prenanthoides

Mountain piperia orchid

Piperia transversa

Leopard Lily

Lilium pardalinum

Ithuriel's Spear

Triteleia laxa Benth

Longray Brodiaea

Triteleia peduncularis

Bridge Brodiaea

Tritelei bridgesii

Wickerstem Buckwheat

Eriogonum vimineum

Denseflower Rein Orchid

Piperia elongata

Showy milkweed

Asclepias speciosa

Bull Thistle

Cirsium vulgare

American wild mint

Mentha arvensis

Kellogg's Yampah

Perideridia kelloggii

Gairdner's yampah

Perideridia gairdneri


Achillea millefolium

Marsh hedgenettle

Stachys palustris

Coyote brush

Baccharis pilularis


Epilobium brachycarpum

Wavyleaf Soap Root

Chlorogalum pomeridianum

Creeping St. John's Wort

Hypericum anagalloides

Naked buckwheat

Eriogonum nudum var. auriculatum

Starthistle non-native

Centaurea solstitialis

Monkey flower seed

Mimulus guttatus

St. John's Wort non-native

Hypericum perforatum

All photographs copyrighted. © Doug Zimmerman