Trichostema parishii (Parish’s Bluecurls)

Trichostema parishii (Parish's Bluecurls), Garnet Peak Trail, Mount Laguna, California, June 2017.

I don’t know how many times I’ve hiked in San Diego’s Laguna Mountains now – and yet I never noticed the unbelievably pretty Parish’s or Mountain Bluecurls (Trichostema parishii). What’s more, calflora.org lists observations of this plant throughout San Diego County, except for the desert. Some of these observations are historic, from the late 19th and early 20th century, and the flowers have probably long been lost to development – so we must cherish those that we can still find all the more.

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