This is the seed head of the plant, after the flower has gone. The flower is here. The plant has many nicknames, including Chalice Flower and Western Pasqueflower, and the unusual looking seed head has given it several more, including Old Man of the Mountain and Tow-headed Baby, and we’ve even heard it called “Mouse-on-a-stick.” The ones in this picture are certainly mouse-like. Washington’s Glacier Peak is in the background.
Compare to Quil-leaved Lewisia.
Also known as “dogtooth violet” (?) and “alpine fawn lily.” (more…)
As the alternate name implies, Native Americans used this plant to construct baskets, hats and cooking pots. The plant was so important to them that it was used in trade. (more…)
So many memories of wonderful trails laced with the tall, leggy tiger lily blooms waving with the breeze, ahh……. (more…)