Common Wild Flowering Plants of Northwestern California
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.
FOREST FLOOR PLANTS
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)|
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. Five 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, Orick Beach and the Ladybird Johnson Grove on the Bald Hills Road near Orick. The local chapter of the California Native Plant Society lists more sites in northwestern California.
For many more excellent photographs of native plants, please visit the Calflora website, which covers plants throughout California.
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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