California Wildflowers in the San Gabriel Mountains [Part 1]

The hills of California are blooming.
All of the flowers, 31 pictures in all, over the next three posts, were taken on the bottom half of the San Merrill trail, [link to my blog post on hiking this trail], just above the city of Alta Dena.

I have done my best to name some of the flowers, but I am not a botanist and some I could not find.
If you know the names, please tell me so I can update this post.

Taraxacum officinale

Hirschfeldia incana

Hirschfeldia incana

California Poppy
Eschscholzia californica

Yellow Star-Thistle
Centaurea solstitialis

Prickly Pear Cactus
Opuntia engelmannii

(I counted 235 variations on this flower and could not decide on which specific variation was this flower)

Spanish Broom
Spartium junceum (syn. Genista juncea)

One Response to “California Wildflowers in the San Gabriel Mountains [Part 1]”

  1. Teresa says:

    Great shots! The yellow one with the bee on it is some sort of mustard and the second photo from the bottom looks to be some sort of Phacelia. If you want to find out the rest I’d suggest searching or uploading them to There are some experts there who would almost certainly be able to tell you what they are.