A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Click any photo to see a (much) larger version.

Latest

Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

SONY DSC

We’ve looked high and low for this unusual flower, and were ecstatic when we finally found a single specimen  right where Russ Jolley (Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge) said it would be, along the short trail to Starvation Creek Falls in early April, just a few steps from the parking lot. Read the rest of this page »

Northwestern Saxifrage (Saxifraga integrifolia)

Coyote Wall Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 3/2014.

Coyote Wall Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 3/2014.

The Latin word saxifraga means, literally, “rock splitter”.  Read the rest of this page »

Grass Widow (Sisyrinchium douglasii var. douglasii)

Coyete Wall Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 3/2014.

Coyote Wall Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 3/2014.

A member of the Iris family, this is closely related to Blue-Eyed Grass.  Read the rest of this page »

Salal (Gaultheria shallon)

McCord Creek Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR 6/2013.

McCord Creek Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR 6/2013.

Common in the dry, western, low-elevation Cascades, this shrub is said to have been a favorite of famed botanist David Douglas.  Read the rest of this page »

Birdsbeak Lousewort (Pedicularis ornithorhyncha)

Park Creek Pass, North Cascades N.P., WA, 8/2012.

The petals’ resemblance to a bird’s beak which gives this flower its Latin and common name is easily seen in this close-up.  Read the rest of this page »

Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)

Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR 4/2013.

Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR 4/2013.

Also known as “Saskatoon berry”, “juneberry”, and  “shadberry.”  Read the rest of this page »

Slender Toothwort (Cardamine pulcherrima var. tenella)

Beacon Rock, Columbia Gorge, OR  4/2012.

Beacon Rock, Columbia Gorge, WA 4/2012.

Couldn’t find much info on this low-elevation member of the mustard family.  Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge notes that it can be found near Beacon Rock in mid-April,  which is exactly where and when we found it.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 29 other followers