Steer’s Head (Dicentra uniflora)
To find these unique and delicate members of the bleeding heart family, you have to be looking for them. We were thrilled to find a few specimens recently on Crescent Mountain, after nearly giving up searching for them the previous day on Iron Mountain and Cone Peak. The flowers are small (around a half inch), and blend in with the background. Each flower is on a separate stem from the interesting leaves, but most leaves we saw didn’t have an accompanying flower. They grow in shaded, well-drained, south-west facing open slopes soon after lagging snow drifts have melted. We’re still on the lookout for the related Dicentra pauciflora aka “Short-horned Steer’s head”.