And here I am on the last day of my week of weeds. I have decided to end my weed series with a gorgeous little wildflower. This pretty, purple bloom has eluded me for several years; I first noticed this weed back in 2011 and I haven't seen it since, but it's blooming now. And yes, it is on the slope above the house.
It took me a quite a bit of detective work to positively identify the Elegant Brodiaea (Brodiaea elegans). Initially I confused this little gem with Blue-eyed Grass, but then I came across its true identity, just when I was about to give up, in an old Audubon guide to California. My mystery weed no more. A native of California, and a member of the lily family, the brodiaea is a very elegant weed, indeed.