Blue Coast Gilia (Gilia capitata subsp. chamissonis)
A native annual that grows in older, stabilized dunes. Here's a close-up.
Check out the exserted stamens (protruding beyond the petals). A stamen is a male reproductive part, consisting of an anther (the part that produces the pollen) and a filament (the stalk that supports the anther). In the photo above, the anthers are the light blue football-shaped structures and the filaments are the slender purple stalks below them.
The spherical heads of Blue Coast Gilia are made up of 25-100 flowers. Before they start blooming, the buds look a bit like a fuzzy blackberry.
I wasn't the only one enjoying the Gilia today!