A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Archive for April, 2011

Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis)

Angel’s Rest, Columbia Gorge, Oregon. 5/2009.

The term ‘salmon berry’ comes from the Native American tradition of eating them alongside fresh or dried salmon. (more…)

Oregon Wood Sorrel (Oxalis oregana)

Angel’s Rest, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2009.

The edible, clover shaped leaves fold down at night. (more…)

Western Trillium (Trillium ovatum)


McIntyre Ridge Trail, Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness, OR, 5/2014.

McIntyre Ridge Trail, Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness, OR, 5/2014.

Also known as (Western) Wake Robin, due to its early blooming.  (more…)

Yellow Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus)

Cascade Head Nature Preserve, OR, 4/2014.

Cascade Head Nature Preserve, OR, 4/2014.


Like Fringecup, this plant can be found all over the Northwest, but is especially prevalent near the coast.   (more…)

Leafy Aster (Aster foliaceus)

Strawberry Mountains, OR.  8/2008.

Douglas’s Iris (Iris douglasiana)

Bull of the Woods, OR. 6/2008.

Shooting Star (Dodecatheon jeffreyi)



Camp Mystery, Buckhorn Wilderness, WA. 7/2017


Mount Hood Pussy Paws (Cystanthe umbellata)

Paradise Park, Mount Hood N.F., OR, 7/2013.

Paradise Park, Mount Hood N.F., OR, 7/2013.


Quill-leaved Lewisia (Lewisia leana)

Strawberry Mountains NWA., OR, 8/2008.

Compare to Cliff Maids aka Siskiyou Lewisia.

Ranger’s Button (Sphenosciadium capitellatum)

Strawberry Mountains NWA. 8/2008.

Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum)


Rainy Lake Road, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2014.

The name “western” is apt, as this variety appears in every western state, at almost every elevation.  (more…)

Tufted Phlox (Phlox caespitosa)

Strawberry Mountains NWA.  8/2008.

Pretty Face (Triteleia ixioides)

Strawberry Mountains NWA, OR, 8/2008.

Checker Lily (Fritillaria affinis)


Mount Pisgah Arboretum near Eugene, OR, 4/2018.

Russ Jolley (Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge) refers to these as  “Chocolate Lilies” but other sources reserve that nickname for Fritillaria camschatcensis, found mostly in northern Washington and Alaska.  Another similar chocolate-colored fritillaria found in our region is the Fritillaria atropurpurea, more common east of the Cascades.  This one is sometimes goes by the latin lanceolata. (more…)

Bluebell aka Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

Olympic N.P., WA, 8/2010.

Olympic N.P., WA, 8/2010.

Often called “Bluebells of Scotland” to distinguish it from Mertensia paniculata, these can be found virtually anywhere, from sea level to treeline, from Alaska to Mexico.  (more…)

Hairy Manzanita (Arctostaphylos columbiana)

Marble Mountains, CA.  6/2005.


Rock Penstemon (Penstemon rupicola)

Marble Mountain, CA, 5/2011.

This high-elevation penstemon is distinguishable from Davidson’s Penstemon by its rosy color.

Explorer’s Gentian (Gentiana calycosa)


King’s Mountain Trail, OR, 7/2015.

The Explorer’s is the most common Gentian we see on our late summer hikes. (more…)