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Species Description
Blue-eyed Grass

Photo by Jonathan Raymond
The small purple flowers of Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisrynchium bellum) provide spots of color when you look into the spring grasses of area meadows.
Colts Foot

Photo by Jonathan Raymond
Strange clubs spring from the ground to turn into spikes of white flowers of the Colt's Foot (Petasites frigidus). Leaves pop up after the seed sets.
Corn Lily


Photo by Anne Long
The stream-side Corn Lily (Veratrum californicum ) has showy spikes of frothy, white flowers in the fall, when the leaves look ragged and ready to quit.
California Poppy, Coastal

Photo by Jonathan Raymond
The yellow petals with orange base of the coastal California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) are most often seen along the bluffs mixed in with other flowers, protected from browsing deer.
Calypso Orchid

Photo by Jonathan Raymond
The arrival of the fuschia-colored flowers of Calypso Orchid (Calypso bulbosa) at the end of winter and early spring provide red color on the floor of Douglas fir and Redwood forest.
Clintonia

Photo by Anne Long
Although uncommon and flowering for only a short time in the shade of Redwood forests, the bright flowers of the Clintonia (Clintonia andrewsiana) are worth the hunt.
Douglas Iris

Photo by Jonathan Raymond
Flowering from early spring to early summer in meadows throughout The Sea Ranch, the Douglas Iris blossoms (Iris douglasiana) range from pale blue to deep purple, all with yellow and white marks at the base. The spiky leaves can be seen throughout most of the year.
Gum Plant

Photo by Jonathan Raymond
The low mounds of Gum Plant (Grindelia platyphylla) grow best along the bluffs and are covered with yellow flowers in mid- to late summer.
Hounds Tongue

Photo by Mary Hunter
One of the few perrenials flowering more than a few inches above the forest floor, Hounds Tongue (Cynoglossum grande ) can be found briefly in spring, at sunnier spots in the Redwood and Douglas fir forests.
Leopard Lily


Photo by Jonathan Raymond
Although not common, the orange heads of the Leopard Lily (Lilium pardalinum) can sometimes be seen in sunny, wet areas away from where the deer browse.
Redwood Violet

Photo by Jonathan Raymond
The flowers of the Redwood Violet (Viola sempervirens) are actually yellow, brightening up the duff in sunny spots of the redwood forests.
Sea Daisy


Photo by Nancy Powers
This Seaside Daisy (Erigeron glaucus) is part of the collection of bluff plants, along with Sea Thrift, Coastal Poppy, Gum Plant, Angelica, and others.
Sea Thrift


Photo by Jonathan Raymond
Part of the collection of flowering plants commonly found along the bluffs, the spiky clumps of Sea Thrift (Armeria maritima) send out stalks topped with pompoms of violet.
Yellow-eyed Grass

Photo by Jonathan Raymond
Yellow-eyed grass plants (Sisyrinchium californicum) are found in very moist sunny areas, sometimes growing in shallow, still water.

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