This month, I want to share a native plant you can't buy in the store and probably can't grow in the suburban garden: Pedicularis densiflora (Indian warrior). Stunning in the spring, when there isn't much color out there, it looks outlandish and rare in the oak and manzanita forests of California. Pedicularis is a root parasite, though it can also grow without a host.
The photo above was made by Mr. Mouse, who went for a hike at Henry Coe State Park. I very much regretted not being able to go and pleaded for some pictures. And I got Pedicularis, and a manzanita in the wild...
...and a little squirrel hiding near the entrance gate.
Next time, I have to go along!