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Bird's Eye Gilia - Gilia tricolor Tidy Tips - Layia platyglossa
Clarkia amoena and California Poppies
November 25, 2017

California Native Wildflowers

In Western states, fall is the time for sowing California native wildflowers. When planted in the autumn, the plants have all winter to get established. The advantage to planting a mix is a glorious cascade of blossoms from very early spring to early summer. Most will generously reseed year after year.

Most of these flowers are annuals but there are a few perennials:

  • Blue Flax – Linum lewisii
  • Blue-eyed Grass – Sisyrinchium bellum
  • California Poppy Coastal Form – Eschscholzia californica var. maritima
  • Desert Marigold – Baileya multiradiata
  • Narrowleaf Milkweed – Asclepias fascicularis
  • Yellow-eyed Grass – Sisyrinchium californicum

There are so many glorious California wildflowers and my yard has just a fraction of them. I sowed most of them from seed but three beauties came with the property: Castilleja exserta (Owl’s Clover), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) and Amsinckia menziesii (Fiddleneck).

Read about how to grow your own wildflower yard.

California Native Wildflower Seeds
Mix of native seeds
Baby Blue Eyes Nemophilia
Baby Blue Eyes – Nemophilia menziesii
Birds Eyes
Bird’s Eye – Gilia tricolor
Blue Eyed Grass - Sisyrinchium bellum
Blue-eyed Grass – Sisyrinchium bellum
Blue Flax - Linum lewisii
Blue Flax – Linum lewisii
Gold Fields - Lasthenia
California Goldfields – Lasthenia californica
California Poppies
California Poppy – Eschscholzia californica
Yellow and Orange California Poppy - Coastal Form
California Poppy Coastal Form – Eschscholzia californica var. maritima
Yellow California Poppy
California Poppy – Eschscholzia caespitosa
Chinese Houses
Chinese Houses – Collinisia Heterophylla
Desert Bluebells
Desert Bluebells – Phacelia campanularia
Desert Marigold - Baileya multiradiata
Desert Marigold – Baileya multiradiata
Clarkia amoena
Farewell to Spring – Clarkia amoena
Orange Fiddleneck – Amsinckia menziesii
Five Spot Nemophilia
Five Spot – Nemophilia maculata
Blue Globe Gilia capitata
Globe – Gilia capitata
Narrowleaf Milkweed - Asclepias fascicularis
Narrowleaf Milkweed – Asclepias fascicularis
Sunflower - Helianthus annuus
Sunflower – Helianthus Annuus
Yellow Monkey Flower
Monkey Flower – Erythranthe guttata
Purple Owl's Clover - Castilleja exserta
Owl’s Clover – Castilleja exserta
Snow White - Nemophila menziesii
Snow White – Nemophila menziesii
Tidy Tips
Tidy Tips – Layia platyglossa
Yellow-eyed Grass - Sisyrinchium californicum
Yellow-eyed Grass – Sisyrinchium californicum

One Thought

  1. Gail on August 24, 2023

    Where is your place? We are in Carpinteria, I grow pollinator gardens to attract native pollinators to our organic avocado orchards.

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