The tarweed was growing vibrantly, its stiff stems resisting the same breeze that tossed around the grass stalks. This was on the Alta Trail, GGNRA, just uphill from Marin City, where a Best Buy just went out of business, and a now Halloween superstore seasonally squats.
|Tarweed and oats, Alta Trail (Marin), Fall 2014.|
|Madia sativa closeup, Alta Trail (Marin), August 2014.|
On that ride, I stopped to capture a picture of pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), shown below. This is another fall favorite, found across most of North America. It's named after its pearly white flower clusters, which remain into the winter and spring than one might expect.
|Pearly everlasting, Coastal Trail, August 2014.|
I hope you enjoy these two California native plants.