A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Cardwell’s Penstemon (Penstemon cardwellii)

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Boundary Trail, Mt. St. Helen’s National Park, WA,  6/2018.

Yet another brilliantly colored Penstemon, P. cardwellii thrives in thin sandy soils, like the northwest side of Mt. St. Helen’s, where we found a stunning display.  (more…)


Showy Phlox (Phlox speciosa)

Dalles Mountain Road, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

Dalles Mountain Road, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

Unlike the phlox we commonly see carpeting gravelly windswept mountain passes, the p. speciosa variety is a taller plant found in open woods and meadows at low elevation , often mixed with other grassland flowers. (more…)


Oregon Geranium (Geranium Oreganum)

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Pacific Crest Trail, Hobart Bluff, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, OR, 7/2019.

We found these large purple flowers in alluring sun-spotted drifts while hiking this summer in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument along the Pacific Crest Trail.  (more…)


Idaho Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium idahoense)

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Willow Creek Nature Preserve, Eugene, OR, 5/2016.

This is the most common of the bashful blue-eyed grasses we encounter, (more…)


Wedgeleaf Violet (Viola cuneata)

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Eight Dollar Mountain, Selma, OR, 4/2015.

A special two-colored violet found only in serpentine soils at the Oregon-California border, a unique botanical environment we return to again and again. (more…)


Toothed Owl’s Clover (Orthocarpus cuspidatus)

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Pacific Crest Trail, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, OR, 7/2019.

At one point in the spectacular Hobart Bluff-Soda Mountain section of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, we found the trailside covered in these pretty Owl’s clovers we had never seen before.  (more…)


Mountain Coyote Mint (Monardella odoratissima)

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Hyatt Lake Recreation Area, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, OR, 7/2019.

Apparently David Douglas found this quite lovely member of the mint family while botanizing the upper reaches of the Columbia River in the 1820s (more…)


Bach’s Calicoflower (Downingia bacigalupii)

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Hyatt Lake Recreation Area, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, OR, 7/2019.

What a pleasant surprise to discover large patches of these tiny blue & yellow flowers in the dry outlet of Hyatt Lake, in Southern Oregon. (more…)


White-stemmed Frasera (Frasera albicaulis var. Columbiana)

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Major Creek Road, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2017.

This attractive member of the gentian family is also sometimes called Elkweed. (more…)


American Sawwort (Saussurea americana)

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Home Sweet Home, Olympic National Park, WA, 8/2018.

If ever one needs a reminder that flowers exist to attract pollinators rather than for  human enjoyment, look no further than the homely sawwort.  (more…)


Fuzzy-tongue Penstemon (Penstemon eriantherus v. argillosus)

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Iron Mountain, Willamette National Forest, OR, 6/2016.

These fuzzy-tongue penstemon, display amazing markings to guide pollinators to their nectar.  (more…)


Monument Plant (Frasera speciosa)

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Burnt Mountain Trail, William O. Douglas Wilderness Area, WA 6/2018.

Hiking along a ridge in Washington’s central Cascades, we were surprised to find a group of these large, unusual looking plants (more…)


Kellogg’s Monkeyflower (Diplacus kelloggii)

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Viewpoint Mike Trail, Lost Creek Lake, OR, 4/2018.

What a treat to discover these tiny, and possibly somewhat rare, monkeyflowers on the dry grassy slopes among the blooming buckbrush and long-needled ponderosa pines on a recent hike in Southern Oregon!  (more…)


Siskiyou Mat aka Dwarf Ceanothus (Ceanothus pumilus)

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Illinois River Trail, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, OR, 3/2018.

This is one of two similar ceanothus ground covers whose rugged foliage set it apart from the larger more common trailside shrubs in the buckthorn family, (more…)


Elegant Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium elegans)

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Marmot Pass, Buckhorn Wilderness, 7/2017.

We found this version of Jacob’s Ladder in the stark, rocky, alpine zone of Marmot Pass at the eastern edge of the Olympic Mountains, along with phlox, cutleaf fleabane (see third photo), and moss campion. (more…)


Thin-petal Larkspur (Delphinium lineapetalum)

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Leavenworth Ski Hill, Wenatchee National Forest, 5/2017.

The monkshood we posted recently was named Aconitum delphinifolium, as its leaves resembled that of a delphinium, or Larkspur.  (more…)


Northern Monkshood (Aconitum delphinifolium)

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Lower Dewey Lake, Skagway, AK, 7/2017.

We’re posting this Northern Monkshood, found on the westside flower garden bordering Lower Dewey lake above Skagway, Alaska this summer, even though we’ve not yet posted the more common western columbianum Monkshood.   (more…)


Gairdner’s Penstemon (Penstemon gairdneri)

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Rattlesnake Dance Trail, Yakima Canyon, WA.  5/2017

We found these lovely, endemic penstemons on an impromptu hike just south of Ellensburg, WA, on our way back to Portland from Leavenworth this past spring. (more…)


Oregon Anemone (Anemone oregana)

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Crescent Mountain Trail, Willamette National Forest, OR, 6/2017.

Thanks to Ross & Chambers’ classic Wildflowers of the Western Cascades (a flora of Iron Mountain which, coincidentally, is just a few miles west on Oregon Highway 20 from where these pictures were taken), we now can differentiate Anemone oregana from the very similar lyallii. (more…)


Flett’s Violet (Viola flettii)

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Buckhorn Peak Trail, Buckhorn Wilderness, WA, 7/2017.

These lovely flowers are endemic to the Olympic Mountains.   (more…)


Violet Suksdorfia (Suksdorfia violacea)

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Castle Rock Trail, Tumwater Canyon, WA.  5/2017

Ran across this single specimen of an uncommon late-spring flower we’d spent days looking for in the Columbia Gorge, (more…)


Common Butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris)

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Bagley Lake Trail, Mt. Baker Wilderness, WA. 7/2016.

Our second carnivorous plant post!!   (more…)


Silky Phacelia (Phacelia sericea)

IMG_3238 (2).jpgUpper Royal Basin Trail, Olympic NP, 7/2016.

This is the most attractive phacelia we’ve encountered. (more…)


Threadleaf Phacelia (Phacelia linearis)

 

Lyle Cherry Orchard Trail, Lyle, WA, 4/2016.

Lyle Cherry Orchard Trail, Lyle, WA, 4/2016.

More attractive than the previously posted  nemoralis (admittedly not  saying much), the threads must refer to the tiny hairs on the needle-like leaves.

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