Carrizo Plain - March 2016 - Jim Ringland

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Salvia carduacea (thistle sage).  There was just one patch of these by the road.  As Salvias go, these flowers are huge.  Each individual flower (of the several on a head) may be almost an inch high!

Salvia carduacea (thistle sage). There was just one patch of these by the road. As Salvias go, these flowers are huge. Each individual flower (of the several on a head) may be almost an inch high!

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