A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Welcome to our wildflower blog! There are over 300(!) posts of wildflowers found in the Pacific Northwest. You can filter them by color, family, elevation, bloom time, etc.

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Clustered Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium fasciculatum)

Weldon Wagon Wheel Trail, WA 5/2022.

We nearly passed up this rare orchid, well camouflaged within inches of the trail.  This single plant with a pair of intricate nodding slipper flowers was the prize of a blustery May hike on a flower covered ridge just north of the Columbia Gorge.  Read the rest of this page »

Warrior’s Plume (Pedicularis densiflora)

 Cathedral Hills Park, Grants Pass, OR 3/2022.

When we think of Pedicularis, we think of alpine plants like Elephant head and the various Louseworts we find in the moist meadows of Mt Rainier and the high Cascades.  Read the rest of this page »

White Shooting Star (Dodecatheon dentatum)

Elowah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, OR. 5/2021.

Elated to discover multiple specimens of this unusual White Shooting Star growing out of a dripping wet cliffside in the Columbia Gorge! Read the rest of this page »

Oregon Fetid Adder’s Tongue (Scoliopus hallii)

McDowell Creek Falls, Linn County, OR, 3/2021.

This  wildflower has been on our most wanted list for some time… Read the rest of this page »

Olympic Mountain Aster (Aster paucicapitatus)

Olympic National Forest, WA 8/2020.

Aster is Greek for “star”. Fields of these mixed with purple Thistles (Cirsium edule) graced our hike up Mt. Ellinor this summer, where the flowers, not the views (hidden by fog), were the main event.

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Piper’s Bellflower (Campanula piperi)

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Olympic National Forest, WA, 8/2020.

A long car ride followed by a steep and crowded trail were suddenly made worthwhile when we spotted these endemic bellflowers growing in-between the rocks Read the rest of this page »

Elmera (Elmera racemosa)

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Mt. Ellinor trail, Olympic National Forest, WA, 8/2020.

We often see these spikes of cream-colored bells on rocky peaks and ridges.  Read the rest of this page »

Mountain Sagewort (Artemesia norvegica)

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Tatoosh Ridge Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA, 7/2020.

These Mountain Sageworts were mixed into the incredible flower fields we found on Tatoosh Ridge south of Mt. Rainier.  Read the rest of this page »

Yellow Sand Verbena (Abronia latifolia)

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North Trail, Cape Lookout State Park, OR, 7/2020.

One of two species of sand verbena native and unique to the Pacific coast (the other is Pink Sand Verbena, A. umbellata), which blooms all summer and into the fall. Read the rest of this page »