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The Syringa, also known as Lewis Mock Orange
Syringa, also known as Lewis Mock Orange, was discovered and collected by Captain Meriwether Lewis during his scientific exploration of the West (1804-1806). The plant's botanical name, Philadelphus lewsii, bears this historic connection. It was used as Idaho's state emblem as early as the 1890's but officially adopted as the Idaho State Flower in 1931.

Turning hillsides snowy white in the spring, the fragrant flowers grow in clusters at the end of its branches. Four to five white petals and a large number of stamens are displayed on each flower. This showy shrub, due to its sweet smell, was sometimes called Lewis Mock Orange. Native Americans often used the straight branches for making arrows.
Camas Lily
Camas Lily
Camassia quamash

This lily grows in moist meadows of the California Sierras, northern Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah. The bulbs were a well-known food source for Native Americans and a cause for wars between settlers and Chief Joseph's Nez Perce tribe; trampling by livestock destroyed the Camas bulbs. Ther term "Camas" is derived from the Nez Perce word for sweet.
Valley Oak with Mistletoe and Great Blue (Purple) Hairstreak Valley Oak with Mistletoe and Great Blue (Purple) Hairstreak
Western Azalea and Sylvan Anglewing Western Azalea and Sylvan Anglewing For the Smithsonian Exhibition
California Mountain Wildflowers California Mountain Wildflowers
California Wildflowers

The California Wildflowers design depicts ten wildflowers commonly found in the Golden State. Careful observation reveals the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly on its native host plant, Milkweed. Loss of habitat due to development, has decreased the Monarch's numbers. Planting Milkweed in a small portion of your garden will encourage this beautiful butterfly's population and add to the enjoyment of your own backyard wildlife habitat.
California Poppies

The Poppies of California design depicts nine native poppies of the Golden State. From the familiar orange State Flower, the California Poppy, to the more exotic Matilija and Prickly poppies, the variety reflects diverse habitats. Equally intriguing are the Flame Poppy and the Wind Poppy both requiring the heat of fire for successful germination. Less showy but nonetheless lovely, Cream Cups often covers areas of sandy soil with their open-faced creamy yellow flowers. Frying Pan Poppy with its grass-like leaves is often found in the coastal hills or Sierra foothills. The Bush Poppy, true to its name, can grow to a height of three to ten feet and its stiff leaves lend some protection from hot summer sun. This flower is also most abundant after fire. Of all the poppies shown, our State Flower is the most easily grown in home gardens.
Acorn Squash with Terminal Leaves
Madrone Madrone
Prickly Poppy with female Silvery Blue Butterflies Prickly Poppy with female Silvery Blue Butterflies
Soap Plant Soap Plant
Leopard Lily Leopard Lily
Ponderosa Pine Ponderosa Pine (Host)
and Pine White Butterfly (Dependant)

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