Wildflowers of Southern California: A photographic gallery
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Flowers Red to Red-Violet

  • Plant a thistle with spines on leaves and under flower
  • Leaves all green; stems often white-woolly
Cobweb thistle
  • Leaves with white mottling; stems not white-woolly
Milk thistle
  • Plant not a thistle; no spines present
  • Leaves opposite each other
  • Flowers red purple
Pitcher sage
  • Flowers scarlet; found near water
Scarlet monkey flower
  • Leaves alternate
  • Flowers in a tight, terminal cluster
Chaparral Indian paintbrush
  • Flowers delicate, occurring singly
Indian pink
  • Leaves all at the base; plant with an onion odor
Wild onion

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