Limnanthes douglasii subsp. douglasii

Bryant DeRoy is the author of today’s entry. He is going to work on a series on liverworts to conclude his time as a work-learn student with Botany Photo of the Day, to be featured next week.

Today’s photograph is again from James Gaither (aka J.G. in S.F.@Flickr). In the previous entry featuring his photography, commenter Wendy Cutler pointed out that Jim passed away last year. I visited some of Jim’s favourite sites to photograph while I was on vacation, and thought of him quite often — he truly excelled at combining artistry with technique.

Jim photographed today’s image of Limnanthes douglasii subsp. douglasii at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. The image was submitted via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool.

Bryant writes:

Limnanthes douglasii subsp. douglasii is commonly known as the poached egg plant or yellow and white Douglas’ meadowfoam. This annual species is a member of the Limnanthaceae, or meadowfoam family. This species is native to both California and Oregon, and is often found in moist to wet grassy meadow environments and/or near vernal pools. Although it seems to prefer well-drained soils, it can tolerate poorly-drained soils as well (e.g., those of claypan vernal pools). It self-seeds very efficiently and tends to naturalize given the right conditions; in some cases this can cause unwanted naturalization in lawns.

This species is known to attract hoverflies, and therefore can be useful in mitigating aphids. The Royal Horticulture Society has also given this species its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Limnanthes douglasii subsp. douglasii

3 responses to “Limnanthes douglasii subsp. douglasii”

  1. Anna

    Thanks for the post! I’m very much looking forward to the liverworts next week. Dear Bryant, thank you for the many excellent posts in the past year. I wish you all the best for the future! Keep up the good work.

  2. Jessica

    What a beautiful, sunny-faced flower.
    That brightened up my day.
    Thanks, again, for this great site. I love all the info and great photos.

  3. IrmainSweden

    This brings back fond memories of when I grew it in my former garden. It grew very well and was so bright and cheerful. Will have to try and get some new seeds.

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