San Diego Wildflowers
San Diego County is the most botanically diverse county in the contiguous United States. San Diego County is home to some 2,400 different kinds of plants, about half of which are annuals. This county alone is more diverse than many states, and it has even been identified as an international 'hotspot' of biodiversity. San Diego County has a combination of climatic, geographic, geologic, and floristic features that are unique in the USA.
Where to view wildflowers:
- Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
- Carmel Mountain Preserve
- Mission Trails Regional Park
- Torrey Pines State Park
Before you go:
- Check the weather forecast
- Take plenty of water and food
- Pack a hat and sunscreen
- Pick up a botanical guidebook
- Grab the camera
While you're there:
- Stick to designated trails
- Avoid trampling plants
- Don't pick flowers
- Remove your garbage
Canyoneers Guided Nature Walks
A list of free, guided nature walks offered throughout the county by the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association
Guide to the Anza-Borrego Desert and Desert Wildflowers: Where and when to look
Wildflowers and Other Plants of Southern California
Lots of pretty pictures
San Diego Chapter of the California Native Plant Society
The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and how to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship.
San Diego Plant Atlas
Project by the San Diego Natural History Museum, Department of Botany that provides accurate botanical information that is freely accessible and available for land management, scientific, conservation, and educational purposes.
San Diego Wildfires Education Project
The purpose of this education project is to assist students in grades K-8, and their teachers, in understanding, appreciating, and participating in the environmental recovery process following both the 2007 and 2003 San Diego wildfires.