Yreka Phlox (phlox hirsuta) is a endangered perennial subshrub with small beautiful purple flowers native to my hometown of Yreka, California. And now, it’s Yreka’s’ official flower. The official resolution from the city council:
“WHEREAS the Yreka Phlox is a hardy, enduring plant that grows in poor soils with little water and is known also as Phlox hirsuta; and
WHEREAS, its flower is a lovely and cheerful harbinger of spring; and
WHEREAS, the Yreka phlox is unique to our hometown; and
WHEREAS, the late City Attorney Larry Bacon had a vision for conservation of the Yreka Phlox which resulted in the Recovery Plan for Phlox hirsute, United States Fish and Wildlife Service in 2006, which was dedicated in honor of Larry Bacon; and
WHEREAS it is a rare honor to have a flower named after a city; we support the adoption of the Yreka Phlox as the City of Yreka’s official flower.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Yreka that the Yreka Phlox is named as the City of Yreka’s official flower.”
My father loved the outdoors, loved the city of Yreka, and loved wildflowers. The resolution would have made him very happy.