Eremogone kingii (Sandwort)
Caryophyllaceae. (Pink Family)
Semi-desert. Shrublands, openings. Spring.
Petals are white but floral parts impart a yellow hue to the flowers. Eremogone kingii has an open spray of flowers rather than the close-packed flower clusters of the common Eremogone congesta; both species have long grass-like leaves; congesta grows at higher altitudes.
Clarence King was a geologist, mining engineer, and first Director of the United States Geological Survey.
The genus Eremogone was named in 1833 by Eduard Fenzl (1808-1879). "Erem" is Greek for "a lonely place" or "desert", and "gon" is Greek for "seed"; the allusion is of unknown meaning.