These three photos were taken from different wild plants growing in the hills just outside the town of Sonoma. There are around 30 Manzanita species and sub-species listed for Sonoma County, so it becomes challenging to be sure when trying to identify species growing outside of cultivation. To me they look like A. densiflora.
Any confirmation or correction appreciated in the comment forum.
Previously I had only encountered Aristolochia vines in the tropics where some species have massive flowers. Here is a link to some previous post on some of the tropical species. Aristolochia californica, depicted below, is native to moist woodlands and riparian zones throughout North and Central California. Some of the tropical species have medicinal properties, I’m not sure about this one.
This is one of my favorite Ceanothus varieties, called ‘Julia Phelps’, originally thought to have originated from a seedling hybrid of Ceanothus roweanus and C. impressus.
Here’s a closer photo showing more detailed of the dark green, crinkly leaves and buds. I’ll follow this post up with photos of the flowers when they emerge in a few days.