HIKES TO FIND and look at native wildflowers can lead one to discover some of the most spectacular scenery El Dorado County has to offer, as this view from a recent El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EDC CNPS) wildflower hike near Latrobe breathtakingly shows. Photo by Tripp Mikich
OREGON GRAPE (Berberis aquifolium) or Mountain grape is a common ornamental native, but in the wild, near the American River on Sweetwater Creek, its startling yellow blooms against the beautiful grey-green or "aqua" foliage make it a notable harbinger of early spring. Photo by Tripp Mikich
WILD HYACINTH or blue dics is one of El Dorado County's earliest and most easily seen spring wildflowers and can be seen in many open fields and meadows throughout the county, usually one of the earliest native wildflowers to make itself known. Photo by Tripp Mikich

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