A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Bistort aka Mountain Dock (Polygonum bistortoides)

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

We’ve also seen this called American Bistort, Mountain Meadow Knotweed, and (no kidding)  Smokeweed.

Several sources report Native Americans (especially Alaskan Eskimos) cooking and eating the starchy roots.  Young leaves can be eaten as greens.  This is a very common flower in the western mountains, sometimes mixing with other  wildflowers, and sometimes in a homogenous grouping,  as below, on Washington’s Silver Star Mountain.

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2013.

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2013.

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