Farewell-to-spring (Clarkia amoena) is native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay. It is a common meadow annual that blooms in early to midsummer, bearing cup-shaped, four petalled-flowers on stems up to 24 inches tall. Flowers are light to deep pink, most with a crimson marking in the middle of each petal. It is an annual flower, with the the fruit being a dry capsule that splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds.  Slender clarkia (Clarkia gracilis) blooms a little later and has smaller, unmarked, deep pink flowers. Both like sunny places and attract pollinaters. Contributed by Rachel Foster.

Bracken (Pteridium)