Like with owl's-clovers, it doesn't take a big stretch of the imagination to see why the CA locals call this giraffe's head. They're often featured as a plant in bloom at the Garland Ranch visitor's center, yet after years of looking, I've never seen it growing there myself. So, I was a little surprised to find out this is not a native plant. It hails from Europe, Asia, and Africa, if Wikipedia is correct. For some reason the flowers remind me of CA hedgenettle, even though the leaves are totally different.