Wildflowers on Bell Springs Mountain
Mendocino County, California

Doug Zimmerman Photography

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 towering 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 flowering at the top of long stems.

Ithuriel's Spear
Triteleia laxa Benth

Dichelostemma ida-maia

Ithuriel's Spear
Triteleia laxa Benth

Leopard Lily
Lilium pardalinum

Narrow Leaf Milkweed
Asclepias fascicularis

Mariposa Lily
Calochortus venustus

Blue Bell or California Harebell
Campanula prenanthoides

Wicker-stemmed Buckwheat
Eriogonum vimineum

Denseflower Rein Orchid
Piperia elongata

Showy Milkweed
Asclepias speciosa

Purple or Heartleaf Milkweed
Asclepias cordifolia

St. John's Wort
Hypericum perforatum

Wavyleaf Soap Root
Chlorogalum pomeridianum

Creeping St. John's Wort
Hypericum anagalloides

Redwood Lily
Lilium rubescens

Trailing Snowberry
Symphoricarpos mollis

Narrow Leaf Milkweed
Asclepias fascicularis

Bull Thistle
Cirsium vulgare

Epilobium brachycarpum

Achillea millefolium

Ithuriel's Spear
Triteleia laxa Benth

Kellogg's Yampah
Perideridia kelloggii

Redwood Penstemon
Keckiella corymbosa

wild mint
Mentha arvensis

Ocean spray
Holodiscus discolor

Naked buckwheat
Eriogonum nudum var. auriculatum

All photographs copyrighted. © Doug Zimmerman