Plant Portraits:

The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien

California Buckeye: Aesculus californica

The showy floral spikes of the California Buckeye will give way to large green pods, which in turn produce the shiny brown seeds--sometimes called horse chestnuts--that give the plant its name. Though all parts are toxic, the nut meal can be made edible by leaching, and was a food used by indigenous Californians. This winter-deciduous small tree is found in the mountains and foothills of central California.


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    Five Finger Fern
    Giant Horsetail
    Purple Needle-grass
    Bear Grass
    Mariposa Lily
    Washington Lily
    Howell's Lewisia
    Matilija  Poppy
    California Poppy
    California Pitcher Plant  
    Tree Anemone
    California Lilac
    Teddy Bear Cholla
    Beavertail Cactus
    Velvet Cactus
    Balsam Root
    Western Thistle