Pacific Southwest Region
Mt. Eddy wildflowers, Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Photo by Julie Kierstead Nelson.
California pitcher plant (Darlingtonia californica), L. E. Horton Research Natural Area, Six Rivers National Forest. Photo by Sydney Carothers.
Antelope brush (Purshia glandulosa), Inyo National Forest. Photo by Gerald and Buff Corsi, California Academy of Sciences.
Eighteen national forests in California make up the national forest lands of the Pacific Southwestern Region of the U.S. Forest Service. Much of the Region is within the California floristic province, unique in the United States for its Mediterranean climate of dry, hot summers and wet or snowy winters. Many wildflowers of the California national forests grow nowhere else in the world. From ancient rock gardens to sagebrush steppes to squishy mountain fens, California's native plants are spectacular!
Wildflower Hot Spots of the Eastern Sierra (PDF, 4.7 MB)
Wildflower Hot Spots of the Eastern Sierra highlights the unique ecology, geology, and unparalleled flora along 150 miles of the Eastern Sierra corridor. Twelve wildflower sites have been selected to represent the diversity of environments that are found throughout the Eastern Sierra. Each site features directions, a map, GPS coordinates, a description of the natural history of the area, and photos. Topics you can learn about include plant rarity, disturbance processes, and the many ways people use plants. "Can You Find…?" proposes a fun challenge for you and your family. For a more in-depth look at the species found at each site, use the plant list featured in the back of this guide. Take the time to stop and smell the flowers in this extraordinary Eastern Sierra region!
Wildflower Viewing Areas for the Pacific Southwest Region
Rare Plant Conservation Success Stories
Drummond's anemone (Anemone drummondii). Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU). Photo by Steve Matson, 2005.
Scarlet milkvetch (Astragalus coccineus). San Bernardino National Forest. Photo by Chris Wagner, 2005.
Yellow mariposa (Calochortus luteus). Los Padres National Forest. Photo by Christopher Christie, 2005.
Speckled Clarkia (Clarkia cylindrica). Los Padres National Forest. Photo by Christopher Christie, 2005.
Bach's calicoflower (Downingia bacigalupii). Modoc National Forest. Photo by Gary A. Monroe, 2002.
Sand lily (Leucocrinum montanum). Modoc National Forest. Photo by Cheryl Beyer, 2005.
Cliff maids (Lewisia cotyledon). Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Photo by Ken DeCamp, 2006.
Tricolor monkeyflower (Mimulus tricolor). Stanislaus National Forest. Photo by Steve Schoenig, 2001.
Indian warrior (Pedicularis densiflora). Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Photo by Cheryl Beyer, April 2005.