Limnanthaceae2017-06-04T06:54:33+00:00

Limnanthaceae: Meadowfoam Family

Common Meadowfoam – Limnanthes douglasii subsp. douglasii

Blooms:

Mar–May

Plant Height:

10–30 cm

Flower Size:

Large

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Wet meadows

Notes:

Sometimes found in profusion, this is immediately recognizable with its large (2–4 cm), 5-petaled flowers, pure white with a bright yellow base.  Leaves are entire or irregularly toothed or lobed.

Douglas / White Meadowfoam – Limnanthes douglasii subsp. nivea

Blooms:

Mar–May

Plant Height:

10–30 cm

Flower Size:

Large

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Wet meadows, vernal pool margins, ephemeral streams

Notes:

Very similar to Common Meadowfoam (subsp. douglasii), this is distinguished mainly by its pure white flowers. The color of its anthers is more limited, cream to yellow as against cream, yellow or re-brown. A particularly good display can be seen along the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road inside Fort Hunter Liggett.