A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Pacific Ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus)

Wahclella Falls Trail (Tanner Creek), Columbia Gorge, OR,

Wahclella Falls Trail (Tanner Creek), Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2015.

This flowering shrub is native to the northwest coast and Cascades, and seems to turn up in the Idaho panhandle as well.  The common name refers to the notion that the “shredding” or peeling bark has nine distinct layers, which seems an exaggeration.  Some Native American tribes believed it to be poisonous, but used it medicinally, others used the peeled wood for knitting needles (!).  Capitatus refers to the head-like flower clusters.

Wahclella Falls Trail (Tanner Creek), Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2015.

Wahclella Falls Trail (Tanner Creek), Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2015.

 

 

One response

  1. I love the blossoms and leaves of these. We have a related species here (physocarpus malvaceus) that looks quite similar.

    May 20, 2018 at 8:38 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s