Panorama of the San Marcos Foothills Preserve
Plants of the San Marcos Foothills Preserve


Plants by Color and Type

This page is intended to aid in identifying plants that are in bloom or in seed. Plants are included in three color groupings, based on the most prominent color seen. Some plants are included in more than one grouping, because the flower parts have more than one color or the reproductive structures are prominent and are of a different color than the flowers. Within each group, flowers are pictured first followed by reproductive structures. Not all of the plants on the Preserve have been photographed to date, so this page tends to concentrate on the most common plants. Keep in mind that plants vary wildly depending on many factors.

To use this page, determine the color of the flower (or seed) of the plant you want to identify and then select the appropriate color from the groupings below. Scroll until you find the plant that looks the most like the plant you are trying to identify. Click on the photo for that plant, which will take you to the page containing multiple photos of that species.

New plants are added to this page regularly, so be sure to REFRESH your browser with ever visit!

Yellow & orange Purple, crimson, lavender,
rose, pink, blue & red
White & green


Grasses and
grass like plants