Thursday, July 05, 2012

Not Amaryllis!

What are these purple and white flowers that grow several to a tall stalk? They are everywhere in Santa Barbara and also around Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Mountain View. I googled like crazy, and couldn't identify them, because I thought they were amaryllis. Now I know -- they are


... yes, they are in the family Amaryllidaceae. But they are't amaryllis, and it's incredibly hard to find them if you don't already know their name!


Jeanie said...

They're beautiful! I haven't seen anything like that here. Always thought California had great wildflowers!

jocondedujour said...

They are very popular where I live too. They multiply like crazy when they are happy.