LATO trail docents Mike and Ruby found this wildflower along the trail on May 28 and sent these photos with a request for i.d. help. This plant looked common to me and yet I couldn’t immediately put my finger on its name. A little bit of sleuthing (Calflora is a great resource) revealed the identity: Common Vervain, Verbena lasiostachys. Check out this interesting “Plant of the Month” article from the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council.