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.
There’s no mistaking the unique sculptural Columbine for any other mountain flower. It’s a good day when you find these elegant beauties gracing a trail en mass. (more…)
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…)
All Lupines share the easily identifiable palmate leaf. Particular lupine species are notoriously difficult to identify. (more…)
Medieval Christians dedicated this flower to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Shakespeare makes reference to it in his play Cymbeline. (more…)
These paired, delicate, trumpet-shaped flowers are a personal favorite of ours as well as Swedish scientist Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), father of modern plant and animal nomenclature (he developed the binomial system of using two Latin names to designate the genus and species) for whom they are named. Linnaeus was so taken with the flowers, he incorporated them into his family crest.
The runners of this trailing evergreen cover the forest floor, and are often found growing from decomposing logs and moss-covered stumps. Kootenay Indians made tea from its leaves.
Indians and early settlers used this plant to relieve rheumatism and skin irritations. (more…)
This plant likes the same marshy meadows that mosquitoes love, and it’s rare to see it without hearing their annoying buzz. The Latin would have one believe that it is prevalent in Greenland.