San Diego County, California, US
In the burn zone of the autumn 2013 Morgan Fire . This looks like a possible cross of venustum and californicum varieties .
Earliest one I've ever seen in bloom...
Observers: K. Dick, C. Casey, P. Suri, S. Simono
Notes: Opening in marginal bay/oak woodland.
Phenology: flowering, mature
There were lots of ants on these thistle flowers.
Purple flowers (thistles) growing out of green plant, green thistles also grew out, dry soil
Warm weather, little cloud coverage
Blue Oak/Sagebrush habitat.
This is one of my favorite flowers to encounter.
Red flowers with white-gray stems, 3 feet tall, found in mixed evergreen woodland
Located in grassland on hillside. about 1.5 feet tall. 8 flowers present, 2 dead. Dry soil and direct sunlight. About 3 others present in area farther down hill.