A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Hoary False Yarrow (Chaenactis douglasii)

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Horsethief Lake, Columbia Hills State Park, WA. 5/2017.

Also known as Douglas’ dusty maidens and Hoary pincushion, this white flower with woolly soft silvery leaves blends into the background.  Found in dry sandy soil of sagebrush shrub-steppe and in rocky slopes up into the dry mountains. The plant’s anthers shoot out beyond the dense flower head, curling back when pollinated as in the photo.  Plateau indians apparently used this plant to dress wounds and burns.

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Horsethief Lake, Columbia Hills State Park, WA. 5/2017.

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