With the change in the calendar, my thoughts turn to springtime flowers, so I thought I’d share something from last spring that reminded me of motion / change / fireworks. This entry was originally written as Dodecatheon clevelandii subsp. patulum, but updated in 2018 to reflect current taxonomy.
Padre’s shooting-star is a native to much of lower northern and central California, from valleys to foothill elevations. Today’s photograph is from a plant growing near the entrance to Pinnacles National Park; to view photographs of the plants, I suggest looking at this photograph by Miguel Vieira or Coke Smith’s photo gallery of animals and plants from the monument (the latter set taken a few days before I visited).
The subspecific epithet patula means spreading, and my inclination is to believe this is with respect to the magenta corolla (an extreme example with a white-flowered variant here), but I suppose it could also be a reference to the pollen sacs as the flowers senesce (example). Very few photographs of senescing flowers to compare with, unfortunately. Three other subspecific taxa of Primula clevelandii are recognized, with the species being named after the San Diego lawyer and natural historian Daniel Cleveland.