Photo of Nootka rose

Nootka Rose
(Rosa nutkana)

Common Wild Flowering Plants of Northwestern California

Photos by Jim Popenoe

This website features photos of some native wild flowering plants common to northwestern California.  You may click on buttons to the left of plants' names, or browse sequentially through categories, such as "SUN LOVERS". You may learn other details about photos by moving your cursor over them.

SUN LOVERS

  California aster   (Aster chiloensis)
  Paintbrush   (Castilleja affinis)
  Sticky monkeyflower   (Mimulus aurantiacus)
  Western columbine   (Aquilegia formosa)
Douglas Iris   (Iris douglasiana)
  Fireweed   (Epilobium angustifolium)
Sneezeweed   (Helenium bigelovii)
  Cow parsnip   (Heracleum lanatum)
Seaside daisy   (Erigeron glaucus)
  Beach morning glory   (Calystegia soldanella)
Common yarrow   (Achillea millifolium)
  River lupine   (Lupinus rivularis)

FOREST FLOOR PLANTS

  Candy flower   (Claytonia sibirica)
  Maianthemum   (Maianthemum dilatatum)
Wood violet   (Viola glabella)
  Star flower   (Trientalis latifolia)
Columbia lily   (Lilium columbianum)
  Windflower   (Anemone quinquefolia)
Clintonia   (Clintonia andrewsiana)
  Fairy   bells   (Dryopteris hookeri)
False Solomon's seal   (Smilacina racemosa)
  Wake robin   (Trillium ovatum)
  Redwood sorrel   (Oxalis oregana)
  Bleeding heart   (Dicentra formosa)
  Miner's lettuce   (Claytonia perfoliata)
  Coltsfoot   (Petasites frigidus var. palmatus)
  Man-root   (Marah oreganus)
  Milk maids   (Cardamine californica)
Hedge nettle   (Stachys ajugoides var. rigida)
  Skunk cabbage   (Lysichiton americanum)
Brook foam   (Boykinia occidentalis)

PLANTS IN THE ROSE FAMILY

  Nootka rose   (Rosa nutkana)
Wild strawberry   (Fragaria californica)
  California blackberry   (Rubus ursinus)
  Salmonberry   (Rubus spectabilis)
  Thimbleberry   (Rubus parviflorus)
  Ninebark   (Physocarpus capitatus)
  Ocean spray   (Holodiscus discolor)

OTHER FLOWERING SHRUBS

Barberry family - Berberidaceae

  Oregon-grape   (Berberis aquilifolium)

Buckthorn family - Rhamnaceae

  Blue blossom   (Ceanothus thrysiflorus)
  Cascara   (Frangula purshiana)

Gooseberry family- Grossulariaceae

  Red-flowering currant   (Ribes sanguineum)
Stink currant   (Ribes bracteosum)

Heath family- Ericaceae

  Western azalea   (Rhododendron occidentale)
Pacific rhododendron   (Rhododendron macrophyllum)
  Salal   (Gaultheria shallon)
Black huckleberry   (Vaccinium ovatum)
  Red huckleberry   (Vaccinium parvifolium)
False azalea   (Menziesia ferruginea)

Honeysuckle family - Caprifoliaceae

  Red elderberry   (Sambucus callicarpa)
  Twinberry   (Lonicera involucrata)

Silktassel family - Garryaceae

  Silktassel bush   (Garrya elliptica)

FLOWERING TREES

Maple family- Aceraceae

  Big-leaf maple   (Acer macrophyllum)
  Vine maple   (Acer circinatum)

WHERE TO FIND NATIVE PLANTS

There are many places to view native flowering plants in the wild.  Four good locations where many of my photos were taken are Elk Head near Trinidad, Patrick's Point State Park five miles north, Stagecoach Hill Azalea Reserve just north of Big Lagoon, and the Ladybird Johnson Grove near Orick.  Our local chapter of the California Native Plant Society posts a map with descriptions of other sites.

For many more excellent photographs of native plants, please visit the Calflora website.  Our local chapter of the California Native Plant Society maintains a list of links of interest.

Photo of Annie

English daisy
(Bellis perennis)

Finally, one needs to understand that not every plant that one finds in the wild in northwestern California is native to the area.  To learn about the signficance of wild non-native plants, please see the Humboldt County Weed Management Area's “Invasive Weeds of Humboldt County” (2.3 MB PDF).

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May 14, 2012