A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Archive for April, 2013

Common Camas (Camassia quamash)

Lacamas County Park, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2015.

Lacamas County Park, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2015.

The edible root of this spring flowering plant has a rich history.  Easily confused with the poisonous Death Camas once the flowers are gone, as the rest of the plants are nearly identical and the two often grow in the same areas.   Native Americans are thought to have weeded the Death Camas from large fields during flowering so that they could later harvest the edible camas without worry. (more…)


Northwest Balsamroot aka Deltoid Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea)

4/2013.  Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall  Preserve,  Columbia Gorge, OR

4/2013. Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR

“So named because it grows from a strong smelling taproot…Although generally shunned by domestic livestock, Balsamroot is grazed by deer, elk, and mountain sheep.  Indians used to eat the stout starchy roots and tender young shoots.”  –Scotter & Flygare:  Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies. (more…)