The California state flag has a red strip along the bottom on a white field. There is a red five-point star in the upper left corner taken from the California Lone Star Flag of 1836. In the center of the flag is grizzly bear facing left walking on a patch of green grass. The size of the bear is 2/3 the size of the hoist width and has a ratio of 2 by 1. The grass plot has a ratio of 11 to 1.
The California state flag is often called the Bear Flag. The present statute adopting the state flag, California Government Code Section 420, states: "The Bear Flag is the State Flag of California."