Local Plants

I'm on a mission to learn as much as possible about the plants, birds, wildflowers, weeds, animals and so forth in my area. I've been compiling some photos from my walks around my home so that I can sit down and finally identify some of these plants and flowers. I realize this might not be overly interesting to some but I find it fascinating and I think it's about time I know all about my surroundings.
So now I will introduce you to some of my new friends...
White Sweetclover
These first two pictures are of White Sweetclover.
Alkali heliotrope
Alkali Heliotrope
sweet fennel
Sweet Fennel
Poison Hemlock
Poison Hemlock
alkali mallow
Alkali Mallow
Laurel Sumac
Laurel Sumac
Black willow / Godding's willow
Black Willow / Godding's Willow
wild radish
Wild Radish
Ngaio tree / Lollypop tree
Ngaio tree / Lollypop tree
hooker's evening primrose
Hooker's Evening Primrose
Prickly Pear
Castor Bean- the source of castor oil and ricin, which is deadly.

I have several that I've yet to identify and many that I still need to photograph but I think I'm off to a good start. Since I'll be home most of the summer I think this will be a great way to pass the time and educate myself and the kids. I hope you enjoyed this because there will be more to come in the following weeks.

If I misidentified any of these feel free to correct me! You can read Part II here.

♥ anne


  1. Well you know I'm interested!

    That little mallow is so sweet, I've never seen it before. Isn't it amazing we're in the same state, yet because Cali is so big, we can have totally different flora where we live? It's so fun too, to see favorites (like the e.p.) and to feel like I'm seeing a good friend visiting you. I would love to hear how getting to know the plants changes your experience on walks/in nature. And of course...all the photos are gorgeous. Now we have yet another thing we could dork out over together, when we see each other again...but much longer next time please. xo

  2. And you know, I'm interested too! What a great project. I'm always, always finding out new plants, even new edible medicinal plans in my area. It's always such a revelation, I love it! <3 THank you for sharing your bioregion <3

  3. This is so wonderful! It's exactly what I'm working on in my area, although fairly haphazardly. I hardly recognize any of these from my nature wanders, crazy how different northern and southern Cali are. I love that alkali heliotrope, what dainty little darlings! thanks for inspiring once again.

  4. I have been trying so hard to do this myself, throwing it in the homeschooling mix as a way of making it a little more deliberate. Sometimes I'm overwhelmed with how much there is to learn, but as I learn more and more, I feel more and more connected to the little living things near me. Your pictures are great. Nature photography sort of alludes me. You do it well.


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