Yellow Lupin in Chico, California

Recently I went to good ole Chico and of course it was just as wonderful as always.  The weather was gorgeous and I stopped by a little park to take photos of this field filled with yellow lupin. 
Field of wild yellow lupin in Chico California.
Field of wild yellow lupin in Chico.
Yellow lupin and blue skies, with puffy clouds, in Chico, CA, a large field of it.
Beautiful yellow lupin and bright blue skies in Chico.
Beautiful field of yellow lupin in Butte county, with blue sky and puffy white clouds.

 

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Beautiful yellow and black with blue highlights, swallowtail butterfly on Chinese lilac.

Chinese Lilac and Swallowtail Butterfly

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Close up of a yellow and black swallowtail butterfly on a Chinese lilac, a purple lilac color.

Swallowtail butterfly in Trinity county, California

 

 

 

I love both this flower, and the butterfly.  The butterflies, Swallowtails you see all around Trinity and Shasta counties, and all of California.

The flower on the other hand, I have only seen in Trinity county along the Trinity river.  My mother called it a Chinese Lilac but I am not sure that is what it is.  We didn’t plant it, and it just came up along the river.  The insects and butterflies do love it.

Please if you know the actual name of the flower let me know.  It is also very fragrant.

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Beautiful purple flowers with tiny tiny petals, and very tall stem with very shart needles all over it and big bulbs under the purple flower.

Wild Chicory, Common Mullein, Sweet Peas, and Purple Thistle

Chicory growing, it is a cornflower blue color and has 10+ petals each petal has a ragged edge.
Wild Chicory in Trinity county.
These are all weeds and flowers that are wild in Trinity county, and some are native, some are not.  Chicory is a native or Trinity county, the light blue flower on the left.  And below also is  a picture of Chicory blooming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured below is wild sweet pea flowers, which are the pink flowers.  Also the tall yellow flower stalk is Verbascum thapsus great mullein or common mullein.  It is all over the place in Trinity county. This is a very large one and probably very old.

Verbascum thapsus, great mullein or common mullein
Verbascum thapsus, great mullein or common mullein
is a genus of perennial and biennial flowering plants in the Asteraceae.
Cirsium , known commonly as thistles

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