Taraxia ovata

Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Berkeley, California, taken April 2007 by: Stan Shebs

March's plant of the month is Taraxia ovata formerly know as "Camissonia ovata".

One common name is Sun Cups and they bloom January through March. In the Onagraceae family this tap rooted perennial often grows in clay soils and is small at just a few inches tall. The four petal flowers are yellow and can be white on occasion. Sun Cups grow in meadows among the grasses. Areas of occurrence in California are the North Coast Range up to 1,600 feet in elevation. In SF Sun Cup can be found in Glen Park and other Natural Areas like Twin Peaks and Bayview Hill. .