A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Archive for April 12, 2011

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…)