To see a World in a grain of sand
And Heaven in a wild flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour-William Blake
A delicate perennial, the Mariposa Lily displays a demure white exterior that belies the kaleidoscope of color inside. It grows along the roadside, about a foot tall, and seems to thrive in the warm afternoon sun.
These unique orange bells, reminiscent of Foxglove or Monk's Hood, are in fact Snub Peas, part of the Sweet Pea family. The leaves are large and lush and there are curly tendrils on the ends of the stems. Also known as Brewer's Pea, Sulpher Pea, and Dubious Pea, this perennial dicot is confined to the Western U.S. and, sensibly, seems to prefer shadier places.