Plant Portraits:

The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien

Western Thistle: Cirsium occidentale

Valentien has captured the coarse, bold beauty of this prickly, spiny plant, with its tightly-packed head of purplish-red disk florets.

Compact Cobwebby Thistle

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Painting Samples

    Five Finger Fern
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    Purple Needle-grass
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    Mariposa Lily
    Washington Lily
    Howell's Lewisia
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