Violet Suksdorfia (Suksdorfia violacea)
Ran across this single specimen of an uncommon late-spring flower we’d spent days looking for in the Columbia Gorge, tucked under a huge overhanging rock, on a quick run up a rock climber’s trail in Washington’s Tumwater Canyon. This plant is among several wildflowers named after William Suksdorf, a renown German northwest plant collector from Bingen, WA (a town his brother P.J. founded in 1892) who lived around the turn of the century. The rounded-lobe leaves of this tiny plant (no more than 2 inches tall with flowers no more than 3/4 inch wide) leave little doubt that it is a member of the saxifrage family.