The latin translates to “little mimic.” (more…)
Without the flowers this would be difficult to distinguish from False Solomon’s Seal. With the flowers, it resembles a much larger, white-flowered version of Rosy Twisted Stalk. Also very similar to the closely related Fairy Lanterns. Supposedly, the leaf’s parallel veins direct rainwater toward their pointed tips, protecting the flowers below.
One book nicknames this “Bi-colored Cluster Lily,” and several others refer to it as “Howell’s Brodiaea.” We’re not savvy enough to know what distinguishes Brodiaea from Triteleia, so we went with the designation of Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest, the winner of the American Horticultural Society Book Award, figuring they know what’s up.
The latin congesta refers to the ‘crowded’ head of tiny pink flowers. (more…)
Easy to miss, the early spring Bitter root appears to survive with little support. (more…)
Named after the Russian-German naturalist and surgeon, Johann Friedrich von Eschsch0ltz. Spanish explorers on the California coast called this flower ‘Copa de Oro’ — cup of gold. The native range of the poppy encompasses the western states and Mexico, and it is the state flower of California, where one sees spectacular displays over entire hills and valleys in the spring. Native Americans used the leaves medicinally. It contains a different class of alkaloids than opium poppies, but its extract is said to have a mild opiate effect when smoked.