This strange dark flower grows close to the forest floor, requiring one to hunt under the tell-tale heart-shaped leaves to find it. Its discovery can make your day! (more…)
Idahoans may recognize this low-elevation, white-flowered shrub as their state flower. (more…)
This uncommon (and uncommonly modest) lily has a nodding raceme of bells rising from grassy onion-like leaves. (more…)
Both the Latin and the common name come from the leaves. Pectinata means “comb-like,” and the birds whose feet they are compared to are really grouse, who were once called partridges by hunters, and who have feathery feet. (more…)
All species of wild onion, including this one, are edible. (more…)
The nickname comes from the flower head’s resemblance to the curled tuning head of a violin. The bristle-like hairs that cover this plant can irritate the skin. The tiny black nuts that are produced by each flower are said to be poisonous to cattle.
The palmately divided leaves, looking much like those of the lupine, are a giveaway that it’s in the pea family. It’s underground rhizome roots can result in a large area covered with the small blooms. The most showy of the clovers, it differs from other trifolium by locating only in thin dry gravelly soil. (more…)
Many urn-shaped flowers filled with seeds hang like pendants off a long raceme in this showy saprophyte (a name for plants that derive their nourishment from decaying plant material). (more…)