A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Archive for September, 2011

Lewis Monkeyflower (Mimulus lewisii)

Berkeley Park Meadow, Mount Rainier N.P., WA 8/2011.

Named after Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806. (more…)

Small-Flowered Penstemon (Penstemon procerus)

Upper Thunder Basin, North Cascades N.P., WA, 8/2012.

another pic…

Cascade Stonecrop (Sedum divergens)


Cone Peak, Willamette National Forest, OR, 6/2016.

Similar to Sedum Oreganum, which is taller and found in lower and coastal areas of the pacific northwest.  (more…)

Mountain Spiraea (Spiraea densiflora)

Mt. Rainier N.P. , WA, 8/2011

This shrub-of-many-names is also known as Rosy Spiraea,  Mountain Meadow-sweet,  Pink Meadow-sweet and Spiraea Splendens.

Compare to Spiraea douglasii.

Pink Mountain Heather (Phyllodoce empetriformis)

Mt. Rainier N.P., WA, 8/2011.

“The genus is named for a sea nymph.  Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), father of the binary naming system for plants, also started the custom of naming members of the heath family after nymphs and goddesses.”  Mark Turner and Phyllis Gustafson, Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest.  Compare to white heather. (more…)

Pale Agoseris (Agoseris glauca)

Sourdough Ridge, Mt. Rainier N.P., WA 8/2011.

Also known as False Dandelion.

False Bugbane (Trautvetteria caroliniensis)

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

The flowers of this plant have no petals, only stamens.  Distinguishable from true bugbane by its maple-shaped leaves.

Sitka Valerian (Valeriana sitchensis)


Ed’s Trail, Silver Star Mountain, WA, 6/2013.


Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium pulcherrimum)

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

The rungs of the “ladder” are the  leaflets.  This flower is said to have an unpleasant odor.  Note the speedwell in the lower left.