Plant of the day: goldwire

Hypericum_coccinum1The large yellow flowers of goldwire (Hypericum coccinum) are adorned with many long yellow stamens. Beneath each cluster of showy blooms, the stalk is dense with paired, gray-green leaves that grow straight out from the stem. The leaves grow thickly from ground to flower, and the regular geometry creates a very striking visual effect. 

Goldwire is endemic to California, and is generally found in dry, rocky soils in the chaparral. Hypericum_coccinum2

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