Farewell-to-Spring blooms as spring verges into summer; this explains its other name, Herald-of-Summer. It occurs from central California north to about Seattle, mostly along the coasts and in the coastal ranges.

Photo: Mike Habeck.

It belongs to a genus with 41 species native to North America. This individual was in California.

How Life Began (31 Oct 2016, BBC)

Dirt First (2016, Orion)

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