Antirrhinum coulterianum (Coulter’s Snapdragon)

Morning dew on Antirrhinum coulterianum (Coulter's Snapdragon), Rancho Bernardo, California. April 2019.

Perhaps due to the “super” blooms at Anza Borrego, Carrizo Plain and elsewhere this year (thanks to California’s wet winter), I’m looking at our local flora with a more elevated sense of curiosity than during regular walks in the springtime. Because maybe, just maybe, there’s a flower or plant out this year that I haven’t seen before?

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Antirrhinum nuttallianum f. alba (White Nutall’s Snapdragon)

White Antirrhinum nuttallianum flower (Nuttall's Snapdragon), Rancho Bernardo, California. April 2019.

It’s snapdragon season in Southern California! Two years ago, in April 2017*, it was a Coulter’s Snapdragon (Antirrhinum coulteranium), then still unknown to me and an unexpected find on a trail at Lake Hodges, that heightened my attention and focus to the native wildflowers here San Diego County*. So maybe it was fate that a few days ago, I found an almost entirely white Antirrhinum nuttallianum (Nuttall’s or Violet Snapdragon) at Lake Hodges. A coincidence really of course, but it’s like a little snapdragon anniversary for me. :-)

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