A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Archive for October, 2011

Coiled-beak Lousewort (Pedicularis contortus)

Near Skyscraper Mountain, Mt. Rainier N.P. , WA, 8/2011.


Hornemann’s Willowherb (Epilobium hornemannii)

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

This one seems kind  of rare.  It wasn’t in any of our wildflower guides  (and we’ve been amassing  quite a collection).  We finally found it online using this very cool site.  Unfortunately, other than the family, and the fact that it is quite striking,  we don’t know much about it.  Maybe you do?

Goat’s Beard (Aruncus sylvester)

Carbon River Trail, Mount Rainier N.P., WA, 8/2011.

Differentiated from the similar Ocean Spray by its compound leaves.  (more…)

Tall Bluebells aka Tall Lungwort (Mertensia paniculata)

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

Not to be confused with Campanula rotundifolia aka Harebell.   Mountain beaver are said to be particularly fond of this native plant.

Indian Thistle (Cirsium edule)

Young flower head, Thunder Basin, North Cascades N.P., 8/2012.

A lot of thistles are non-native and often invasive.  This one is neither. info and another pic…