This little cluster of orange flowers — calendulas — definitely had human help getting into the ground. It bloomed yesterday next to the concrete partition wall of a picnic area near the middle of the park. Members of the calendula family have a long and wide range of culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses. This plant is probably the very common calendula oficinalis.
Seeing the success of a transplant like this one makes me think how nice the park would look if there were more flowers. The park does have some lovely volunteer wildflowers, particularly in the northwest quadrant, but isn’t there room for a spread of California native bloomers here and there? What terrible things would happen if someone were to scatter a bag of regional native wildflowers, as a random act of kindness?