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Pin cushion flower, Field Lupine, Owls Clover and Pop Corn are native California  wildflowers.
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May wild flowers in a California Native Garden

Here are many native flower photos. I've tried to include enough pictures so you can get a feel for the potential of a native garden. California native plants are very unique and wonderful.
These plants grow in our(mostly) California garden in May. I started with just random photos but got totally lost and ended up going through the last four years of photos in the garden with a date in May. (You can see that random changes part way down the page.) There are a few flowers in the pots, and few in the wild, but most are flowers in the Santa Margarita garden.
A Coronis Fritillary and Variable Checkerspot on a California Yarrow. - grid24_6
On good years we can have hundreds of butterflies in the garden, here are some of the photos. Callippe Fritillary and Checkerspot Butterflyon California Yarrow
A 15 year old Salvia Gracias without any extra water. Gracias will grow in most of California without any irrigation. - grid24_12
Gracias Sage has fired off every year for at least 15 years with no water or care.
A Swallowtail Butterfly on a Salvia Pozo Blue. California native plants attract California native  wildlife to your garden. - grid24_6
Salvia Pozo Blue flowers it's heart out late May every year for 20 years. It's a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies.
Salvia spathacea, Hummingbird Sage, don't the flowers  look edible? - grid24_12
Hummingbird Sage is a different looking sage. Sun near coast, full shade in interior heat.
Sorry, I LOVE to photograph the flower of Salvia Celestial Blue. Native plants are absolutely beautiful.  - grid24_6
Salvia Celestial Blue makes an interesting bouquet.
Salvia dorrii, Dorr's sage, Mint sage, Purple sage, Desert Purple Sage flowers. This plant is native to the  California desert edges. - grid24_12
Desert Sage is a late May favorite in a desert garden.
There are many more sages in flower in May, but at least you have a taste of their diversity.
Salvia brandegei, Brandegees Sage, with a visiting Anthophora pacifica, Digger bee. Don't freak out. These little guys are great pollinators and the biggest buzzers. Digger bees seem to see humans as cows, an if you're polite, they avoid you. If you really provoke them they may bounce off of your head. I can't find any reports of stings, I've never been bothered, but I'm in awe of their intelligence and flying agility. They behave like a cattle dog, and I'm the cow. Native plants bring native insects. - grid24_12
Salvia brandegei, Island Black Sage grows and flowers along a very hot, sunny path. The 10 year old plants are are enjoyed by Butterflies, chipmunks, and hummingbirds. It's native to the channel islands of California.
Trichostema lanatum, Woolly Blue Curls in it's native habitat. This native plant is very large and showy. - grid24_12
Trichostema lanatum, Woolly Blue Curls are native on the site. We enjoy 5-10 acres of them. There were more present before CDF seeded weeds from the sky after a fire in 1985.
Dendromecon rigida, Bush Poppy, is flowering here in the chaparral of San Luis Obispo county, California, in the late spring. - grid24_12
Bush Poppy is native on the site, and was planted in the garden over ten years ago in a sunny spot with Ceanothus and Buckwheat plants adjacent to it and a large coast live oak on its north side. It has grown very well with no supplemental water.
Penstemon spectabilis, Showy Penstemon can be a very hot lavender addition to a California garden. - grid24_6
Showy Penstemon is big and carefree and loved by hummingbirds. Plant at the back of a perennial garden.
Penstemon grinnellii scrophularioides with an Anna Hummingbird in a native garden. - grid24_12
Grinnell's Northern Penstemon looks similar to Penstemon spectabilis, but is a little lower, like it's 'trunk' was cut off.
Climbing Penstemon, Heart leaved Keckiella, or Heartleaf Keckiella, Keckiella cordifolia  is hanging over our driveway and is native from about Santa Margarita  south to San Diego. This Native Penstemon was all over the north and east slopes of Los Angeles and parts of Southern California. A great addition to a native garden. - grid24_12
Climbing Penstemon is native on the east, west and north slopes, and has benefited from the removal of weedy grasses and yellow star thistle (compliments of California Department of Forestry, they planted it for us, we got to remove same) in its vicinity. A favorite of hummingbirds.
California Poppies are covering a slope in in Central California. Plant a poppy into a native garden and you can make it come alive with small wildlife. - grid24_12
California Poppy It's really funny; plant a pound of seed and get one or two plants (the quail show up and eat all the seeds) and plant 3 plants and get hundreds of new plants the next year. They have reseeded in open mineral soils and areas mulched with coast live oak leaf mulch. The poppies don't care, they like the garden.
Eriophyllum confertiflorum, Golden Yarrow, makes the prettiest little burst of yellow from spring through early summer (depending on your location) in the dryland native garden throughout most of California. - grid24_12
Eriophyllum confertiflorum, Golden Yarrow, is native on the site and planted throughout the garden. The plants are ignored unless they get ratty, then we trim their heads off and they grow new ones. They have declined in garden areas that become shady and/or contain oak leaf mulch.
Antirrhinum multiflorum, Mutliflowered Snapdragon Flowers used to be common in the hills around Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. - grid24_6
Antirrhinum multiflorum, Multiflowered Snapdragon, is native on the site in decomposed granite and full sun, comes up in the garden occasionally, and is short-lived, but very showy and a hummingbird favorite. We do not water it. As a pioneer species after brush fires, it would probably do very well in gardens around the world.
Acmon Blue Butterfly on Sulfur Buckwheat in the Santa Margarita garden. - grid24_12
Eriogonum umbellatum, Sulfur Buckwheat, has been growing in the front garden for 20 years. The bed it is growing in receives 1-2 supplemental besprinklings during the dry season (May- November) if we remember and have time. The snowberry next to it keeps trying to bury it, but so far so good.
Shasta Buckwheat or Sulfur  Buckwheat flowers can add a lot of color to a native garden in summer. - grid24_12
Shasta Sulfur Buckwheat has been ignored for years. It was planted under an Arctostaphylos glauca that drowned in the rains of the early 1990's. I'm not sure we ever watered it. It was in full sun by itself for a while, then Chilopsis linearis seeded in where the A. glauca drowned. Now the area has morning shade. I'd guess the plant was 15 years old when this picture was taken. (You think you have a strange garden, we have weird natives popping up in our garden!)
Foothill Penstemon, Penstemon heterophyllus australis is native in most of Southern California.  Shown here in the Santa Margarita garden. - grid24_12
Penstemon heterophyllus, Foothill Penstemon, is native in our area(along with much of California) and needs little or no care. This plant is @10-12 years old in our garden. Plant on a wall or boulder so it can be used by hummingbirds.
The flowers of Keckiella antirrhinoides, Yellow Bush Snapdragon, are here being visited by a hummingbird for nectar and tiny insects. Native plants bring native birds. - grid24_12
Keckiella antirrhinoides, Yellow Bush Penstemon, was planted originally in the sun. After 20 years it is in the shade of a coast live oak that has doubled in size. Although the plant is leaning away from the oak, it has grown well in the garden with no irrigation.
Horse Mint with a Tiger Swallowtail, no horse required - grid24_12
Horse Mint will grow in full sun if the summers are cool and there is regular water.
Agoseris grandiflora, Mountain dandelion seed heads in the Santa Margarita garden. - grid24_12
Mountain dandelion flowers in late spring and then you get the huge dandelions in summer.
Amelanchier alnifolia. Serviceberry - grid24_12
Western Service Berry grows in shady glens.
This Utah service berry actually was in the Sierras but native throughout most of California mountains. - grid24_12
Utah Service Berry will flower in fairly dry part shade in mountain areas. In a conventional garden it should done fine.
Arctostaphylos parrayana flowers are nice, foliage is wondrous. - grid24_12
Parry Manzanita make a mounding groundcover. in part shade.
Green leaf manzanita, Arctostaphylos patula flowers are pink in small grape like clusters. - grid24_6
Greenleaf Manzanita is a four foot bush in most of California. A flat groundcover up at 7500 ft.
Mexican Manzanita with an Anna's hummingbird visiting the flowers. Mexican manzanita is drought tolerant in most of the populated areas of California. I'd not plant it in the desert without some extra winter water, but most of California it will survive with no water after first summer. - grid24_12
Mexican Manzanita. grows from above San Francisco to Baja to Texas.
Arctostaphylos silvicola, Ghostly Manzanita with a beefly. This manzanita is native north of Santa Cruz. - grid24_6
Arctostaphylos silvicola Ghostly Manzanita grows in the Santa Cruz mountains, does fine in most of California as long as the soil is sandy or sandy loam.
A young plant, with flowers at the base, of Asarum caudatum, Wild Ginger - grid24_12
Wild Ginger grows in semi-moist full shade. Nice looking in the underground portion of a parking garage.
Asclepias fascicularis, Narrow-leaf milkweed flower - grid24_12
Narrowleaf Milkweed grows next to alkaline moist spots in Malibu up into the Sierras at 6000 ft and from Baja to Washington to Utah. Well liked by butterflies and most customers.
Asclepias speciosa with a Painted lady butterfly and a Fritilary Butterfly. Milkweeds are a wonderful addition to a California gardens. - grid24_12
Showy Milkweed grows in full sun and needs little care after the first season. The butterflies are free.
Chuparosa- Beloperone californica (Justica californica) - grid24_12
Chuparosa major limitation is frost. It's only hardy to about 28 F.
Astragalus douglasii 7000ft hwy-38 south of Big Bear. - grid24_12
Douglas milkvetch grows from the coast, through the San Joaquin Valley, into the mountains of central and southern California. Munz lists the elevation from 160-6800, but I taken pictures of it at about 7000 ft.
Astragalus nuttallii, Nuttall's Milkvetch flower - grid24_12
Nuttall's Milkvetch grows right on the coastal bluff but has done fine with some regular water at Santa margarita.
Astragalus trichopodus, Southern California Locoweed flower - grid24_12
Southern California Locoweed. is a little upright perennial with pretty with flowers and interesting pods.
Calystegia macrostegia, California  Morning Glory - grid24_12
California Morning Glory works as an evergreen vine near the coast, semi-deciduous vibe inland.
Bush Anemone,  Carpenteria californica is a nice clean bush that explodes into flower. Try this plant in a container or large pot if you have a deck or patio. - grid24_12
Bush Anemone has grow in San Luis Obispo gardens and our garden in Santa margarita with no water after a year of so. But it loves water. In Bakersfield one was in full sun with continuous water and it looked great.
Ceanothus Mountain Haze is a California liac with deep green foliage that loves coastal California gardens. - grid24_6
Ceanothus Mountain Haze grows fast to about six feet, then slowly to eight.
San Diego Mtn. Lilac, Ceanothus cyaneus grows well in coastal California in places like Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. - grid24_12
San Diego Mtn. Lilac is frost sensitive, but if your temperatures are above about 25F it's worth a try.
Sierra Blue Ceanothus flower - grid24_6
Ceanothus cyaneus x Sierra Blue Ceanothus is very fast and fairly big.
Ceanothus hearstiorum
San Simeon Ceanothus could be called flat Mt. Lilac. It works well in a native garden near the coast.
Santa Barbara Lilac is fast and showy in most coastal California gardens. - grid24_6
Santa Barbara Mountain Lilac has very royal lilac flowers in spring.
This California Lilac grows between Arroyo Grande and Santa Maria - grid24_6
Arroyo Grande Lilac grows from south of San Luis Obispo to almost Santa Maria. Very fast and showy.
Ceanothus Skylark is really green with blue flowers and will grow throughout most of California. Skylark makes a nice little native hedge or border planting. - grid24_12
Skylark is a small late flowering Mountain Lilac.
Palo Verde flowers. - grid24_12
We're too cold for Palo Verde to flower here, but those of you in Southern California and the desert will enjoy it in May.
Cornus glabrata, Brown Twig Dogwood with Checkerspot - grid24_12
Brown Twig Dogwoodmakes a wall of fragrant flowers in late spring.
Diplacus grandiflorus flowers  make you wish for a vase. Where's the monkey in the flower? You may need an opiate. - grid24_12
Azalea Monkey Flower has a big flower on a small little perennial. Works great in morning sun.

Showy Milkweed is a butterfly attractor.

Acton Encelia, Mountain Bush Sunflower, Encelia actoni with flowers - grid24_12
Mountain bush sunflower is a show stopper for those of you along the desert edge ot the mountains around Southern California.
Encelia californica - California encelia, California brittlebush, bush sunflower  - grid24_12
Coast Sunflower grows along the California coast.
Encelia farinosa  Brittlebush, Goldenhills, Incienso in full flower. It will do this in most of Southern California with no irrigation. - grid24_12
Brittlebush grows in the desert and Southern California
Epipactis gigantea,  Stream Orchid flower - grid24_12
Stream Orchid grows in seasonally wet spots like seasonal creeks.
Erigeron glaucus Seaside Daisy  Daisy is eying you - grid24_12
Seaside Daisy will grows in most California gardens,. It needs a little more water than the drought tolerant plants.
Erigeron Wayne Roderick Daisy planted as a small groundcover or border. With a little water has worked well everywhere in California we've tried it. - grid24_12
Erigeron glaucus x Wayne Roderick Daisy is a hybrid of Cape Sebastian that Wayne found in his garden.
 Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum) with white flowers - grid24_12
Yerba Santa grows in the Sierras and Coast ranges.
Eriodictyon crassifolium ,Thick Leaved Yerba Santa with Checkerspot butterfly.  - grid24_12
Thickleaf Yerba Santa grows through most of Southern California
Eriodictyon tomentosum,  Woolly Yerba Santa. Checkerspot, Hair Streak with native bee. - grid24_12
Woolly Yerba Santa is a butterfly magnet.
Eriodictyon trichocalyx, Smooth Leaf Yerba Santa  flowers - grid24_12
Smooth Leaf Yerba Santa grows in Southern California Mountains.
Ocotillo, Fouquieria splendens - grid24_6
Ocotillo grows in desert washes, but will grow in a fast food planting in Palmdale or a yard in Bakersfield.
Here is an old photo of the flower of Geranium viscosissimum, Sticky Geranium. - grid24_12
Sticky Geranium grows in a conventional garden.
Orange sneezeweed, Owlclaws has a rather weird flower. - grid24_6
Owlsclaws grows in mountain meadows or conventional gardens.
Heuchera maxima, Island Alum Root - grid24_12
Island Alum Rootgrows in shade. In areas of decent rainfall it will survive in dry shade.
Heuchera micrantha. Small-flowered Alumroot, might be better preserved by calling it Dainty forest fairy flowers. - grid24_12
Alum Root seasonally wet in winter, dry in summer in part shade.
Heuchera rubescens var. glandulosa, Jack o the Rocks, grows in rocky areas,  has red stems and white to pink flowers, which make a good contrast. - grid24_6
Jack o the rocks likes to grow in rocky areas in part shade of east facing slopes.
Douglas Iris flower - grid24_12
Douglas Iris grows in seasonal seeps along the coast. Does well in conventional gardens or native gardens.
Iris longipetala patterns of blue - grid24_12
Long Petaled Iris loves a wet spot in a native garden, but it tolerates drought.
Iris macrosiphon, Ground Iris, whose flowers range from cream to purple, grows in the northern part of California.  - grid24_12
Ground Iris likes seasonally wet ground and part shade.
A Sierra  meadow with Western Blue Flag. California has amazing areas to explore. Make your garden one of them. - grid24_12
Western Blue Flag growing in a meadow.
Here is a closeup of the inflorescence of Isomeris arborea, Bladderpod. - grid24_12
Bladderpod has flowered for two years.
Lepechinia calycina, California Pitcher Plant, has lovely cream flowers that are sometimes tinged with pink/lavender. - grid24_6
California Pitcher Plant grows in part shade.
Lepechinia fragrans with an Anna Hummingbird. In a large container or pot this can make a 6 ft. bush for the birds. - grid24_12
Fragrant Pitcher Sagelikes regular water and garden conditions, but will work in part shade in a native garden.

Silvery Blue on Bladderpod . Native gardens are alive.

Lilium kelleyanum, Kelly's Lilly flowers - grid24_12
Kelly's Lilly grows along streams in the Sierras. It will do very well under a birdbath in your native garden.
Lilium pardalinum, Panther Lily, is called that because of its spots, seen here on the recurved tepals. - grid24_12
Leopard Lily is another one that would love to be under a birdbath or in a Summerpond
Lilium wigginsii, Wiggins Lily, has a very pleasant flowering form, especially showing well with a contrasting backdrop. - grid24_12
Wiggins Lily is another for the birdbath.
Here are two flower-color variants of Leptodactylon californicum, Prickly Phlox, that grow together in the central California chaparral. - grid24_12
Prickly Phlox. grows in sun or part shade and gravel to gravelly sand.
Lonicera hispidula, California Honeysuckle, has fragrant, muted pastel pink flowers and crawls up on other plants. - grid24_6
California Honeysuckle likes to grow under bushes and crawl up into the sun.
This photo shows the shape, the height, the width, and the flowering pattern of Lotus scoparius, Deerweed, in our Santa Margarita garden.  - grid24_12
Deerweed grows in much of California and is a favorite of bumblebees .
Silver Bush Lupine, Lupinus albifrons - grid24_12
Silver Bush Lupine grows in full sun.
The blue form of Bush lupine or tree lupine, Lupinus arboreus - grid24_12
Bush Lupine is a rather weedy Lupine that will grows anywhere as an annual, in most of California as a perennial.
Grape Soda Lupine, Lupinus excubitus, in flower in the wild at about 5000 feet in the Southern Sierras. - grid24_12
Grape soda lupine grows along the desert edges in the mountains up to maybe 8000 ft. Does fine in many California gardens.
Here's what one of the flowers look like. The plant can have hundreds of them if its happy.  - grid24_12
California Desert Thorn grows on the coast in San Diego County. Little flowers on interesting plant.
Mirabilis californica, Wishbone Bush plant - grid24_12
Wishbone Bush grows in full sun and makes an interesting flower show.
A Callippe Fritillary Butterfly, Speyeria callippe on a Monardella antonina - grid24_12
Butterfly Mint Bush makes a nice flower show.
Oenothera hookeri, Evening Primrose, is growing in the sandy Santa Margarita streambed  with Mimulus cardinalis. - grid24_12
The yellow Hooker's Evening Primrose is a weedy flower that flowers ans acts like a non-native plant. Flowers for months, seeds everywhere, brown thumbers LOVE it. The red Scarlet Monkey Flower mixes well with it.
Oenothera caespitosa ssp. marginata, Evening Primrose, possesses the most wonderful fragrance, when the flowers emerge in the dusk of the evening. - grid24_6
Evening Primrose is an amazing perennial that has large fragrant flowers. Unfortunately it's a PITA to grow and not reliable in low land gardens.
Opuntia basilaris. Beavertail Cactus - grid24_12
Beavertail Cactus is easy to grow in most California gardens. It will grow in fairly cold climates, desert climates, or coastal climates.
Penstemon azureus, deep blue flowers - grid24_12
Skyblue Penstemonis a flat perennial that emerges from the snow in the Sierras and flowers. In lower elevations it makes a little mound of blue.
Penstemon centranthifolius, Scarlet Bugler flowers - grid24_12
Scarlet Bugler grows in much of the populated areas of central and southern California. Full sun, no water.
A Penstemon eatonii in the nursery - grid24_6
Firecracker Penstemon grows in the mountains of southern California.
Phacelia campanularia, Desert Bluebell, is growing here in the Santa Margarita garden. - grid24_6
Desert Bluebell is an annual but it can provide color in most California gardens.
Physocarpus capitatus Ninebark,seed pods are bright red - grid24_12
Ninebark likes to grow in part shade and regular water.
Potentilla glandulosa,  Sticky Cinquefoil flower - grid24_12
Sticky Cinquefoil is found along the coast of California and in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Potentilla glandulosa nevadensis,  Nevada   Cinquefoil with flowers - grid24_12
Nevada Cinquefoil is a nice little Potentilla.
Potentilla gracilis , Cinquefoil is a little perennial with these yellow flowers. - grid24_12
This Cinquefoil grows from San Diego to B.C.
Catalina Cherry, Prunus Lyonii - grid24_12
Catalina Cherry and Hollyleaf Cherry both flower in late spring.
Ptelea crenulata, Western Hop tree  flowers - grid24_12
Western Hop tree is a small tree with sweet flowers.
Purshia glandulosa, Desert bitterbrush flowers - grid24_6
Desert bitterbrush grows along the edges of the desert and in the desert mountains.
Purshia tridentata, Antelope Bitterbrush flowers. - grid24_12
Antelope Bitterbrush grows along the edges of the eastern Sierras.
Western Azalea flower, this one was in our back yard. - grid24_12
Western Azalea grows here on the north side of a greenhouse. But it did ok in a Bakersfield garden and grows in full sun in San Francisco.
Ribes nevadense, Pink Sierra Currant with Swallowtail - grid24_12
Pink Sierra Currant flowers later than most of the currants.
Rosa californica California wild rose - grid24_6
California wild rose has a nasty thorn, sweet flowers, and looks pretty, until you get stuck in it.
Rosa pinetorum Whiskey Rose - grid24_12
Whiskey Rose has a nice flower and a few spines.
Rosa pisocarpa Cluster Rose - grid24_12
Cluster Rose is an excellent plant for shaded slopes and birds
Wood Rose, Rosa-woodsii-glabrata - grid24_12
Mojave Rose is a nice little rose bush.
Mountain Rose or  Fragrant Rose hip. The stupid(smart ****) chipmunk ate the hip that afternoon. - grid24_12
Fragrant Rose has great hips.
California Coneflower, Rudbeckia californica in the wild - grid24_12
California Coneflower grows in the part shade of a regularly watered garden.
Western Coneflower, Rudbeckia occidentalis has no rays. - grid24_12
Western Coneflower is excellent in English style gardens.
Salix hindsiana hindsiana, Sandbar Willow flowers - grid24_12
Sand Bar Willow is a small willow that forms a small thicket. It flowers fairly late for a willow.
Satureja chandleri,  Shrubby Yerba Buena flowers - grid24_12
San Miguel savory is a mounding little groundcover that smells nice. Will grow in dry or moist shade.
Scutellaria austinae, Skull Cap in flower. - grid24_6
Skull Cap is a creepy little perennial.
Sidalcea hickmanii, Hickman's checkerbloom - grid24_12
Hickman's Checkerbloom grows into a tight little mound.
Side view of Sidalcea malvaeflora, Checkerbloom - grid24_6
Checkerbloom grows on Las Pilitas Rd.in seasonal seeps with Deer Grass.
Silene laciniata angustifolia,  Red Catchfly with it's red star - grid24_6
Red Catchfly is like a Carnation, but with red flowers. Grows in beach sand along the coast. Does fine here with part shade and regular water.
Silene Parishii, Parish's catchfly lloks kind of like a yellow star - grid24_6
Parish's catchfly grows in the mountains. Seems to be happy here with part shade and regular water.
Sisyrinchium bellum, Blue-Eyed Grass - grid24_6
Blue-Eyed Grass grows on coastal bluffs or out in the blue oak woodland. Full sun to filtered sun.
Sisyrinchium californicum, Yellow-eyed Grass has 1 inch yellow flowers. - grid24_12
Yellow-eyed Grass is happy under a bird bath as it wants regular water and cool sun.
Solanum umbelliferum, incanum Bluewitch flowers - grid24_12
Bluewitch grows fine here and is native east of us living on as little as 3 inches of rainfall.
Solanum xanti, Purple Nightshade with it's hanging flowers - grid24_12
Purple Nightshade is a cute little perennial that grows in much of coastal California.
Solanum xanti hoffmannii grows from about Santa Barbara south into San Diego County.  - grid24_12
Hoffmann's nightshade is a perennial groundcover that loves live under a coast live oak.
Sphaeralcea ambigua, Desert Mallow makes great flower. - grid24_12
Desert mallow has done well here, Each little bush flowers every year for about 10-12 years.
Sphaeralcea emoryi, Emory's Desert Mallow  flowers are a deep orange. - grid24_6
Emory globemallow likes dry heat and sun.
Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia,  Gooseberry leaf Globemallow flowers - grid24_6
Gooseberry leaf Globemallow is a very small little perennial with a nice flower.
Spiraea densiflora ssp. splendens, Rosy Spiraea, Alpine Spiraea, Mountain Spirea - grid24_6
Mountain Spirea flowers well here as long as it has part shade and regular water.
Spiraea douglasii Western Spiraea - grid24_12
Western Spiraea is growinf in a semi-moist shady spot. In much of coastal California it will grow with no additional water.
Stanleya pinnata Princes Plume between Joshua Trees and Cottonwoods - grid24_12
Princes Plume is a surprising plant.
Long flowered Snowberry,. Symphoricarpos longiflorus flowers are delicate and pink. - grid24_12
Desert Snowberry is a little deciduous shrub, until it flowers.
A West Coast Lady on the Verbena lasiostachys, Western Vervain - grid24_12
California Vervain is a rather prolific perennial with blue flowers that the butterflies like.