Like sunshine, these brighten the well drained hillsides and road banks of our area. About 6 -12 inches in height they grow in small clumps but, in a good year, they form small waves of color spreading over the meadows. These are not self pollinating and require bees or wind which probably explains why the blooms are so delicately perched on long fragile stems that tremble in the tiniest breath of air. This, plus their bright shiny white and yellow petals, make them difficult to photograph.
Variations on this joyous little plant mostly grow along the coast all the way from Northern Mexico into Oregon but can range into Utah and Arizona. It blooms from March to May but in the hills here tends to open its blossoms in late April.
Daily Photo Lucky #13