A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Marsh Marigold aka Elk’s Lip (Caltha leptosepala)

Sturgeon Trail near Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

Sturgeon Trail near Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

Medieval  Christians dedicated this flower to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Shakespeare makes reference to it in his play Cymbeline A close relative Caltha Palustris  (translated as “marsh cup”) has leaves which are said to be superior to spinach when boiled.

On a May hike up Silver Star Mountain, Tara noticed what appeared to be a  meadow a few yards south of Sturgeon trail.  On closer inspection, it turned out to be a sloping wetland with as many Marsh Marigolds as we’ve ever seen in one place.  Well worth the muddy boots!

Sturgeon Trail near Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

Sturgeon Trail near Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

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