A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Archive for August, 2011

Cusick’s Speedwell (Veronica Cusickii)

Northern Loop Trail, Mt. Rainier N.P., 8/2011.

Veronicas or Speedwells are unusual in having only 2 quite long stamens (male) and one pistil (female).    another photo…

Berkeley Park Meadow

Berkeley Park, Mt. Rainier N. P. 8/2011.

This is what it looked like 3 miles from the Sunrise trail head last Thursday.   Much more to come from our recent Mt. Rainier trip.  Amazing!!!

Seen in this photo:  Paintbrush, Lupine, Bracted LousewortWestern Amenome Seed Head.

Broad-Leaved Arnica (Arnica latifolia)

Wind Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2015.

Wind Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2015.

Arnicas can be distinguished from Groundsels (senecios) by their paired opposite leaves. (more…)

Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruitcosa)


Marmot Pass, Buckhorn Wilderness, WA, 7/2017.


Moss Campion (Silene acaulis)


Tubal Cain Trail, Buckhorn Wilderness, WA, 7/2017.

These classic cushion shaped plants dot the open, gravelly, mountain tops of the Pacific Northwest.   (more…)

Black-tipped Groundsel (Senecio lugens)

Red Earth Trail, Banff N.P., Alberta, Canada, 7/2011.

According to Scotter & Flygare’s Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies, the black-tipped bracts “were considered by the Inuit to be a sign of mourning for a band of unsuspecting Inuit massacred in 1771 by Indian warriors who accompanied the explorer Samuel Hearne on his expedition to the Arctic Coast.  Sir John Richardson first collected this plant near the massacre site, Bloody Falls, on the Coppermine River and named it lugens from the latin word ‘to mourn’.”

Sweet Coltsfoot (Petasites nivalis)



Yellow Aster Butte Trail, Mt. Baker Wilderness Area, WA, 7/2016.

Young leaves and flowers can be eaten raw.  Native Americans used the dried stems as a salt substitute. (more…)

Yellow Columbine (Aquilegia flavescens)

Lake Louise, Banff N.P. , Alberta, Canada.  7/2011.

This plant’s boiled roots were once used as a cure for diarrhea.  It’s better known cousin, Crimson Columbine can be found here.

Fool’s Huckleberry aka False Azalea (Menziesia ferruginea)

Red Earth Trail, Banff N.P., Alberta, Canada 7/2011.

As the common name suggests, the fruits are not edible.  The latin name comes from Archibald Menzies, a surgeon and naturalist with Vancouver’s Pacific Coast expedition (1790-95), an early botanist of pacific northwest plants.

White Dryad (Dryas octopetala)

Banff N.P., Alberta, Canada, 7/2011.