A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Cliff Paintbrush (Castilleja rupicola)

McCord Creek Falls, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2014.

McCord Creek Falls, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2014.

This is one of the easier paintbrush varieties to identify Read the rest of this page »

Western Saxifrage (Saxifraga occidentalis)

Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, WA, 2/2015.

Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, WA, 2/2015.

Most sources set the bloom time for this common gorge variety in March, but this year we found it at Catherine Creek in mid February! Read the rest of this page »

Gold Stars (Crocidium multicaule)

Lyle Cherry Orchard, Columbia Gorge, WA , 2/2015.

Lyle Cherry Orchard, Columbia Gorge, WA , 2/2015.

These charming members of the aster family, and the senecio (groundsel) tribe, bloom in early spring, usually in large groups.   Read the rest of this page »

Shrubby Penstemon (Penstemon fruticosus var. fruticosus)

Rainy Lake Road, OR, 6/2014.

Rainy Lake Road, OR, 6/2014.

Looking very similar to both davidsonii and rupicola (of which, only the latter is found in the gorge), this variety puts on quite a show in June, growing in large patches along the higher elevations of Rainy Lake Road, at the southwest side of the Hood River Valley.   Read the rest of this page »

Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Along Redwood Creek, Redwoods N.P., California, 8/2014.

Along Redwood Creek, Redwoods N.P., California, 8/2014.

Introduced to this continent from Europe, so that its roots could be used as a coffee substitute. Read the rest of this page »

Hood’s Phlox (Phlox hoodi)

Dalles Mountain Road, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

Dalles Mountain Road, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

Phlox is Greek for “flame” (apparently named after a bright red variety). Read the rest of this page »

Oregon Flag (Iris tenax)

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2014.

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2014.

Not to be confused with this Oregon flag.   Read the rest of this page »

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