A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Archive for March, 2011

Western Anemone seed head (Anemone occidentalis)

Glacier Peak, WA. 8/2006.

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.


Calypso aka Fairy Slipper (Calypso bulbosa)

Marble Mountains, CA. 8/2005.

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Cliff Maids aka Siskiyou Lewisia (Lewisia Cotyledon)

Marble Mountains, CA. 8/2005.

Compare to Quil-leaved Lewisia.


Crimson Columbine (Aquilegia formosa)

Marble Mountains, CA. 8/2005.

Yellow variety here.

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Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Rainy Lake Road, OR, 6/2014.

Rainy Lake Road, OR, 6/2014.

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Queen’s Cup aka Bead Lily (Clintonia uniflora)

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

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


Avalanche Lily (Erythronium montanum)

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

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

Also known as “dogtooth violet” (?) and “alpine fawn lily.”  (more…)


Beargrass aka Indian Basket Grass (Xerophyllum tenax)

Mount Hood NF, OR, 7/2010.

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…)


Giant Red Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata)

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Upper Thunder Basin, North Cascades N.P., WA, 8/2012.

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Tiger Lily aka Columbia Lily (Lilium columbianum)

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Iron Mountain Trail, Willamette National Forest, OR, 7/2014.

So many memories of wonderful trails laced with the tall, leggy tiger lily blooms waving with the breeze, ahh……. (more…)