Monday, June 21, 2010
Pickeringia montana--Chaparral Pea
With a species epithet of "Montana," you would think this plant would grow in that state, but no, it is native to California only. With glossy green leaves and bright pick flowers, it is a very showy plant. I am surprised that it isn't planted more often, especially since it has a long bloom season. It is drought-tolerant and great for erosion control. Blooming now at the UC Botanical Garden, and I have never seen one in a private garden.