In this photograph-driven field guide to California's spectacular wildflowers, Laird R. Blackwell expertly provides several ways to find them in bloom: by month, by place, and by flower. The month-by-month descriptions - found in no other statewide guide - suggest what to see and where to go throughout the state during the blooming season. The author also supplies more than 300 locations arranged in 10 geographical regions, highlighting 67 of his favorite places with detailed driving and walking directions and difficulty, blooming times, and lists of predominant wildflowers as well as a featured flower. The guide contains more than 650 color photographs by the author, including 600 species arranged by flower, with natural history notes and places and months to find the flower in bloom. Throughout, experienced wildflower guide Blackwell shares his love of the beautiful places and flowers he has visited throughout California.
Laird R. Blackwell is Professor of Psychology and Humanities at Sierra Nevada College and the author and photographer of six previous regional field guides to California wildflowers.
Introduction Wildflower Seasons in California Purpose and Organization of this Book Where, When, What, and Wow (How to Use this Book) Using a Month-by-Month Guide--Benefits, Limitations, and Caveats A Few Last Words Special Wildflower Places (Map) NORTHWEST MOUNTAINS 1) Smith River and Siskyou Mountains (Crescent City) 2) Kangaroo Lake Botanical Area (Callahan) 3) Trinity Alps (Weaverville) COAST AND COAST RANGES Northern 4) Redwood National and State Parks (Orick) 5) Dunes of Arcata (Arcata) 6) Bear Valley (Williams) 7) Boggs Lake (Clear Lake) 8) Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve (Fort Ross) 9) Salt Point State Park (Fort Ross) 10) Bodega Head (Bodega) 11) China Camp State Park (San Pablo Bay) Central and Southern 12) Ring Mountain (Corte Madeira) 13) Mount Tamalpais/Muir Woods (Marin) 14) Mount Diablo (Walnut Creek) 15) San Bruno Mountains (South San Francisco) 16) Edgewood Preserve (San Mateo) 17) Pinnacles National Monument (Soledad) 18) CA58 from Santa Margarita to McKittrick 19) Carrizo Plain (San Luis Obispo) 20) Nipomo-Guadalupe Dunes (Guadalupe) 21) Wind Wolves Natural Preserve (Maricopa) 22) Santa Rosa Plateau (Murrieta) 23) Torrey Pines State Park (San Diego) TRANSVERSE RANGES 24) Santa Monica Mountains (Malibu) 25) San Gabriel Mountains/San Bernardino Mountains (Los Angeles) CENTRAL VALLEY 26) Table Mountain (Oroville) 27) Pleasants Valley Road and Mix Canyon Road (Vacaville) 28) Phoenix Park (Sacramento) 29) Jepson Prairie Preserve (Dixon) FOOTHILLS OF THE SIERRA Northern 30) Buttermilk Bend Trail (Bridgeport) 31) Independence Trail (Nevada City) 32) Drum Powerhouse Road (Dutch Flat) 33) Yankee Jim's Road (Colfax) 34) Ponderosa Way (Auburn) 35) Pine Hill Ecological Preserve (Placerville) Central and Southern 36) Electra Road (Jackson) 37) Camp Nine Road (Angel's Camp) 38) Red Hill Road (Chinese Camp) 39) Hite's Cove Trail (El Portal) 40) Kern River Canyon (Bakersfield) CASCADES 41) Mount Shasta (Mt. Shasta) 42) Lassen National Park (Chester) HIGH SIERRA Northern 43) Feather River Canyon (CA70) 44) Butterfly Valley (Quincy) 45) Sierra Buttes and the Lakes Basin (Sierra City) 46) Sagehen Creek (Hobart Mills) 47) Castle Peak (Truckee) 48) Lake Tahoe Basin 49) Luther Pass (CA89) 50) Carson Pass (CA88) Central and Southern 51) Yosemite National Park 52) Mosquito Flat to Mono Pass trail (Tom's Place) 53) Onion Valley and Kearsarge Pass in Kings Canyon National Park (Independence) NORTHEASTERN CORNER 54) Modoc Plateau (Alturas) 55) Warner Mountains (Alturas) EAST OF THE SIERRA Northern 56) Freel Peak (South Lake Tahoe) 57) Monitor Pass (Markleeville) 58) Topaz Lake (Topaz) Central and Southern 59) Benton area (Benton) 60) White Mountains (Bishop) 61) Alabama Hills (Lone Pine) 62) California Desert Conservation Area (Inyokern) SOUTHERN DESERTS Mojave 63) Gorman Hills (Gorman) 64) Antelope Valley/Ripley Desert Woodland State Park (Lancaster) 65) Death Valley National Monument Sonoran 66) Joshua Tree National Park (Twentynine Palms) 67) Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Ocotillo) The Wildflower Months and their Flowers late January-February March April May June July August September October Featured Flowers Plants in this Book that are Endemic to California Plants in this Book on the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants Other Flower Locations Indicated in the Text (Map) References About the Author Indexes Scientific names Common names