(Lasthenia californica)

(Lasthenia californica)
 
California Goldfields
California Goldfields will form carpets of gold in the springtime if moisture is ample.
Inspiration Point is the best place to view them on the Presidio.

Will Elder, NPS

 

Origin Of Genus Name: Lasthenia is Greek for a female pupil of Plato.

Presidio Locations: Found in serpentine grassland and coastal prairie.

Range In State: Throughout California.

Description: This annual native species of the Sunflower Family has yellow, daisy-like flowers with reddish stems and narrow leaves 2.5 inches long which are stiffly hairy at their base. Blooms March to May.

Native Californian Uses: Cahuilla used the parched seeds, grinding them into flour to make pinole, a ground meal.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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