San Diego County Native Wildflowers~

Argemone or Prickly Poppy
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Elfin Mariposal Lily
California Coastal Sunflower
Wild Artichoke. These were miniatures though which were new to me!
Here is some more of the striking Prickly Poppies.
I had never seen these before. They resemble small Matilija Poppies.
They are so beautiful and were blanketing the coastal mountains that had burned in prior years.
I am looking in to planting some at The Holler.
Cheers to you from these most cheerful native San Diego wildflowers!

178 thoughts on “San Diego County Native Wildflowers~

  1. Superb detailed floral portraits,dear Cindy ! I particularly love the indigenous plants and I always try to spot the very special properties of the surrounding area that make them flourish ! Great subject,my friend !!! Doda :-)))


  2. Too beautiful, Cindy. Elfin Mariposal Lily is new to me, what a fantastic shot! I have seen a lot of Wild Artichokes here, but I did not know the name of this beautiful wildflower.


  3. Just misread the striking bit of prickly poppies…my eyeballs saw it as stinking prickly poppies!! lol was just thinking how rude that was till the brain cell caught on! Oops 😉


  4. I wondered if they get prickly pear preserves from the prickly poppy? I remembered going to Arizona, where my grandparents lived (after Florida) and eating this delicious jelly. Anyway, Cindy, you make the photographs look like paintings! You are excellent at taking the close ups! I always seem to get shadows or some kind of imperfections! I loved the fact you tell us their names, too! I think you should get the poppies for your Holler! Smiles, Robin


  5. Oh yes, I always loved the mountains and vast meadow sweeps in Monterey County as I drove home from work in the spring. After the winter rains (back when there was such a thing) the mountains and valleys would be covered with the California poppy as far as the eye could see. A little later in the season, a blue wildflower would mix in when the blue flowers started pushing through. I’m not sure which 1st Lady it was that said she intended for the highway 68 between Monterey and Salinas to be the best preserved of all wildflowers and while we were living there, it was indeed a masterpiece of a show. [The best part of it – our home was right in the middle of it all].


  6. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    I was reading an article this week which showed perfectly beautiful young women undergoing cosmetic surgery for perceived imperctions. I look at these amazing flowers and they have odd bits too, thorny seed pods, black speckles, leggy barbed stems, but they are still very beautiful and each of those allegedly unsightly parts have a very distinct purpose. I agree that there may be circumstances where surgery might be necessary but these young women had no need to second guess nature.


  7. the colors are divine…i love exquisite beauty of wildflowers…especially the way they never seem to falter due to weather changes during their life’s season! Cindy…your posts are always rich in natures rich beauty…always a pleasure and delight to embrace…have a wonderful weekend!


  8. can U eat those lil chokes I wonder?

    ‘Love the wildflowers. I once planted a teeny tiny meadow in a teeny tiny enclosure outside our old apartment–fond memories, and of course–the mountains for real. 🙂


    • I had never seen these little chokes before so I have no idea if they are edible, but I would guess they are mostly thistle. I wish I could have seen your tiny meadow. It sounds beautiful~


  9. Hi Cuz,
    FInally getting around to looking at this one. I love wildflowers…, in the meadows, in the mountains, in the woods, in a pond, along a brook…, just anywhere and all of them. Funny, that wild artichoke blossom very strongly resembles one of its cousins – the Canadian Thistle. I was forever cutting thistles out of the pastures and cornfields as a boy on the farm. Had never seen a Prickly Poppy. They have a simple beauty about them. Hugs!


    • Your lead in reminded me instantly of of Theodore Geisel’s Green Eggs and Ham, “I do not like them”…”in the rain. Not in the dark. Not on a train. Not is a car. Not in a tree…..I do not like them anywhere!”
      Did I tell you he lived near me when I was growing up and I jumped his fence with a friend to try and meet him?
      Didn’t work of course. Never saw him.
      You words are a “like” version of Geisels, which is no surprise because you are a poet cuz~


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