Viola lobata. Also known as the Pine Violet and the Yellow Wood Violet. This drawing was made on 2 April 1979 in our front yard in Napa County. The specimens were growing at the base of one of our Ponderosa pines. Some people seem to have the idea that violets are only blue or purple, or violet- colored. Many are, but some of our handsomest native violets in California are yellow. Believed to be first collected by Karl Theodor Hartwig in 1846 or 1847. The first published description appeared in 1848. —Henry Evans
295 copies were printed and sell for $200 each.
Probably Cosmos diversifolius. Drawn in the garden of Susan and Rod McCormick in Fallon, Nevada. This old-fashioned garden favorite was swaying gently in the hot summer sun, its strange fingery leaves adding a contrast of delicate green to its buoyant image. —Henry Evans
240 copies were printed and sell for $150 each.
Lewisia rediviva. Drawn on the edge of Devils Canyon in the Mount Veeder Range off Lokoya Road in Napa County, California. This is the famed little plant that Sacajewea taught the men of Lewis and Clark's Expedition to eat when they were hungrily traversing what is now Montana. In that same state, there is a valley, a river, a mountain range, and an Indian tribe named for the plant, and it is, very logically, the State Flower of Montana. —Henry Evans
290 copies were printed and sell for $150 each.
Gaultheria shallon. Salal usually blooms from April to July. It is often seen as a lovely ground cover in pine and redwood forests. The foliage of the plant is extremely decorative. On harvesting, it becomes the "lemonleaf" of the florists—greens commonly used in bouquets and arrangements. —Henry Evans
250 copies were printed and sell for $150 each.
Penstemon heterophyllus. The drawing for this print was made in our garden in the Napa Valley. There are about 250 different kinds of penstemons, and all except one, which is in northeast Asia, are native to the North American continent. Found in open places, on rocky hillsides, and in mountain valleys, it blooms from April to July. —Henry Evans
180 copies were printed in monochrome black (not shown) and sell for $50.00 each. 240 copies were printed as shown and sell for $100 each.
440 Fawn Lily
Erythronium californicum. Coming upon a patch of these low-growing delicate plants in the quiet of the spring woods is like walking into an encampment of dainty creatures, silent as only plants can be, mildly fragrant if one leans close. —Henry Evans
210 copies were printed and sell for $200 each.
442/443 Tiger Lily
Lilium pardalinum. The binomial translates "leopard lily," which is more accurate than the common name, "tiger lily." (I've never seen a spotted tiger.) Drawn in the botanical garden at Mills College in Oakland, California. —Henry Evans
240 copies were printed in monochrome pale orange (not shown) and sell for $50.00 each. 195 copies were printed as shown and sell for $200 each.
Aquilegia formosa. Drawn in the University of California Botanical Garden in Strawberry Canyon in Berkeley, California. Some authors have argued that the name Aquilegia derives from the Latin aquila, eagle, because of the claw-like spurs of the flowers. However, in his Cyclopedia of Horticulture, Liberty Hyde Bailey very confidently states that the name is derived from the Latin word aquilegus, meaning water-drawer. —Henry Evans
240 copies were printed and sell for $300 each.
451 California Fuchsia
Epilobium canum. The range of the California fuchsia includes some parts of Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino counties, where it blooms in August and September. Its bright red flowers are somewhat suggestive of fuchsia blossoms. —Henry Evans
240 copies were printed and sell for $100 each.
455 Baby Blue Eyes
Nemophila menziesii. Drawn in a meadow truly full of native wildflowers along Snell Valley Road in Napa County, California. —Henry Evans
250 copies were printed and sell for $150 each.
457 Mariposa Lily
Calochortus venustus. Drawn at Stanford University's magnificent biological preserve at Jasper Ridge. Four blocks were used for this print, but, due to overlays, more than four colors result. This is one of my favorite wildflowers. —Henry Evans
250 copies were printed and sell for $200 each.
458 Blue Witch
Solanum umbelliferum. Drawn in the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley. Although a few species of the genus Solanum provide us with nourishment —S. tuberosum (the potato) and S. melongena (the eggplant) come immediately to mind —many Solanum species are very toxic. Could this pretty wildflower be among the poisonous ones? My reference books don't say. But perhaps the name "witch" is meant to give us a clue. —Gunder Hefta
235 copies were printed and sell for $150.00 each.
465 Western Redbud
Cercis occidentalis. Although the redbud normally blooms in February, March, and April, it is variable as to time of flowering and in leaf form as well. This gorgeous shrub can easily grow into a small tree 15 or more feet high. Words cannot describe the dreamlike effect of the delicate colors of a whole tree in bloom. One's awareness becomes flooded with a warm, unworldly sense of peace. —Henry Evans
260 copies were printed and sell for $150 each.
Clarkia concinna. The genus was named for Captain William Clark (1770-1838) of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Blooming in May, June, and July, this absolutely lovely plant is known by many common names: red ribbons, fringed clarkia, lovely clarkia, and others. I find the form and structure of the flowers particularly charming, perhaps because they are so unusual and so unlike other flowers blooming at the same time. —Henry Evans
245 copies were printed and sell for $150 each.