Copperbush (Elliottia pyroliflora)
We were shocked and disappointed that not one of our many wildflower guides featured this native flowering shrub. It seems to grow mainly near the coast, from Alaska to northwest Oregon. We’d never noticed it before, but found several near the top of Saddle Mountain this past weekend. The flower is certainly odd-looking. The petals are thick and waxy and the anthers and stigma all seem to be reaching up towards the sky. The upward curving stigma makes a hook that might tempt one to hang one’s keys on it.