I learned today that California’s Pinnacles National Monument is one signature away from becoming the USA’s 59th National Park, so I decided to highlight something from my all-too-brief trip there a few years ago.
Pholistoma auritum is a small (to 15cm), fleshy annual species of California, Nevada and Arizona. In California, the species is found in “ocean bluffs, talus slopes, woodlands, streambanks, canyons, desert scrub” from elevations of 0-1900m (0-6200ft.). For the most part, it occupies the southern two-thirds of the state, with only one-few disjunct populations in the north. Common names for the species include fiestaflower or blue fiestaflower.