This area showcases the state’s extraordinarily rich native flora. Growing in the California area are more than 1,200 species, almost one quarter of all species in the state, including many of the state’s endemic and/or rare plants. The Garden recreates many of California’s most beautiful and interesting plant communities. Special community displays include an alpine fell-field, vernal pool, pygmy forest, redwood forest, chaparral, and a unique garden of plants adapted to serpentine soils. Outstanding collections include manzanitas (Arctostaphylos), California-lilacs (Ceanothus), and bulbous monocots (including Fritillaria, Calochortus, Lilium, Erythronium and Brodiaea). The collection also features many annual wildflowers, from the abundant California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), to a very rare Vine Hill clarkia (Clarkia imbricata). The most abundant displays of flowers, both annual and perennial, are seen from February through June.