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Arroyo Lupine - Lupinus succulentus Orange California poppies - Eschscholzia californica
Pink Clarkia amoena
January 15, 2018

Identifying Wildflower Seedlings

Beginning in the fall and throughout the winter, seedlings are emerging all over my yard. Unfortunately, the weeds are coming up too so it really helps to be able to accurately identify the seedlings. I get a lot of weed seedlings too and it’s easiest to pluck them while their roots are as small as possible. The upside of weeding and thinning seedlings: it’s fresh chicken feed. My girls adore micro greens.

The following is a listing of California native wildflowers with their blossoms and seedlings. I hope it helps you to identify seedlings in your yard.

Also, learn how to get started with growing your own wildflower yard and more about California native wildflowers.

Arroyo Lupine – Lupinus succulentus

Read more about lupines.

Arroyo Lupine - Lupinus succulentusblossoms
Arroyo Lupine - Lupinus succulentus seedlingseedling

Baby Blue Eyes – Nemophila menziesii

Baby Blue Eyes - Nemophila menziesiiblossoms
Nemophila seedlingseedling

Blue-eyed Grass – Sisyrinchium bellum

Purple Blue-eyed Grass - Sisyrinchium bellumblossoms
Blue-eyed Grass - Sisyrinchium bellum seedlingseedling

California Poppy – Eschscholzia californica

Read more about California poppies.

Orange California poppies - Eschscholzia californicablossoms
California Poppy Seedlingsseedling

California Desert Bluebells – Phacelia campanularia

California Desert Bluebellsblossoms

Desert Marigold – Baileya multiradiata

Desert Marigold - Baileya multiradiatablossoms

Farewell to Spring – Clarkia Amoena

Pink Clarkia amoenablossoms
Clarkia amoena seedlingseedling

Fiddleneck – Amsinckia menziesii

Fiddleneck - Amsinckia menziesii seedlingseedling

Five Spot – Nemophila maculata

Five Spot - Nemophila maculatablossoms

Golden Lupine – Lupinus densiflorus

Read more about lupines.

Golden Lupine - Lupinus densiflorus aureusblossoms
Golden Lupine - Lupinus densiflorus seedlingseedling

Sunflower – Helianthus annuus


Tidy Tips – Layia platyglossa

Yellow Tidy Tips - Layia platyglossablossoms
Tidy Tips - Layia platyglossa seedlingseedling

Yarrow – Achillea millefolium

White Yarrow - Achillea millefoliumblossoms
Yarrow - Achillea millefoliumseedling

4 Thoughts

  1. Kim Muller on January 8, 2020

    Thank you! I’ve needed this forever! Any sites you can refer me to for additional pics? Like…catchfly, love in a mist, delphinium, verbenia and more. Also, do you have a newsletter? First site from my zone I’ve ever found! I’ll ask my daughter about utube subscription use, tho. Thanks. You’ve made my day with your discovery. Wildflowersgal in Coachella Valley, California

  2. gardening-for-purple on January 17, 2020

    Hi Kim, I’ve thought about doing a newsletter but haven’t gotten around to it yet. On my list! For delphinium, any chance that you mean Larkspur? Because I can show you pics of Nigella (Love in a Mist) and Larkspur seedlings because I get so many. They both volunteer aggressively. This page I limited to California native seedlings in my yard. But I’ll have to do other types of flower seedlings. 🙂

  3. Debbie on February 11, 2020

    Thank you!

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