A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Spotted Saxifrage (Saxifraga bronchialis)

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Upper Royal Basin, Olympic National Park, 7/2016.

This less-common saxifrage variety can be identified by its matted, basal, rosette-shaped leaves (shared with the Tolmiei species) and its upright, red stems, but mainly by the yellow, orange and red spots on its petals.  (more…)


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 (more…)


Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii)

 

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Lower Table Rock, BLM Medford district, Oregon, 4/2018.

Although  the flowers were quite small (less than 0.5 inches in diameter), we still believe the Nemophila we found growing among the grasses near the seasonal vernal pools on top of Table Rock a few weeks back are of the fairly common menziesii species (more…)


Oregon Fawn Lily (Erythronium oregonum)

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Rim Trail, Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

Blooming earlier, and at lower elevations than the similar Avalanche Lily, and Glacier Lily, these are recognizable by their lovely, “mottled” leaves with streaks of white, lighter green or even brown (seen below).  (more…)


Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum)

Hardy Ridge Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2015.

Hardy Ridge Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2015.

We see three species of wild allium with some regularity on hikes in the Columbia Gorge and Cascades (more…)


Nuttall’s Linanthus (Linanthus nuttallii)

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South Puyallup Trail, Mt. Rainier N.P. 7/2015.

This fragrant phlox relative, sporting distinctive needle-like leaves, appears to be relatively common in alpine and subalpine areas in much of the western U.S.  (more…)


Varileaf Phacelia (Phacelia heterophylla)

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Horse Rock Ridge Trail, OR, 6/2016.

We found this Varileaf phacelia specimen at the lower edge of its elevation range (more…)


Tolmie’s Mariposa Lily (Calochortus tolmiei)

 

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Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Dallas, OR, 5/2017.

This low elevation west-side species of Calochortus is notable for the extreme hairiness inside the flower.  More than other Mariposa lilies (“butterfly” in spanish), (more…)


Tufted Saxifrage (Saxifraga caespitosa)

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Marmot Pass, Buckhorn Wilderness, 7/2017.

Nearly twenty species of saxifraga occur in the pacific northwest, and up until now, we’ve only posted three!   (more…)


Wood Nymph (Moneses uniflora)

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Deer Mountain Trail, Ketchikan, AK, 7/2017.

Some books put this plant in the Pyrola (wintergreen) genus, while others give it it’s own: Moneses. (more…)


Cutleaf Fleabane (Erigeron compositus)

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Marmot Pass, Buckhorn Wilderness, WA, 7/2017.

These pretty daisies were among many flowers blooming on Marmot Pass during our July visit. (more…)


Steer’s Head (Dicentra uniflora)

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

To find these unique and delicate members of the  bleeding heart family, you  have to be looking for them.   (more…)


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.   (more…)


Large-flowered Collomia (Collomia grandiflora)

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

This stalk of small flowers stands out for its unusual salmon color and contrasting blue pollen. It grows in dry sandy soils west of the Continental Divide.  (more…)


Ocean Spray (Holodiscus discolor)

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Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA 6/2016.

This flowering shrub, a mainstay along roads and trailsides throughout the west, begins blooming in June at lower elevations (like our photos here) and peaks in July and August at higher elevations.   (more…)


Mountain Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium montanum)

Badger Creek Trail, Badger Creek Wilderness, OR 5/2016.

Badger Creek Trail, Badger Creek Wilderness, OR 5/2016.

This rare orchid is a special treat if you can find it. (more…)


Annual Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

Hardy Ridge Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2015.

Hardy Ridge Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2015.

Although native to the eastern US, this weed grows in moist, disturbed soils across the country.  The flower is very small, perhaps a centimeter or a bit more in diameter.


Yellow Fireweed (Epilobium luteum)

Near South Puyallup Camp, Mt. Rainier NP, WA, 7/2015/

Near South Puyallup Camp, Mt. Rainier NP, WA, 7/2015

Also known as Yellow Willow herb.


Fragrant Water Lily (Nymphaea odorata)

Hebo Lake State Park, OR, 6/2015.

Hebo Lake State Park, OR, 6/2015.

There are two species of water lily commonly found in northwest lakes and ponds:  the previously posted, and native yellow variety, Nuphar polysepalum, and this showier non-native.   (more…)


Scouler’s Bluebell (Campanula scouleri)

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA,  6/2015.

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2015.

This small, unassuming woodland flower does not immediately seem similar to its more common relative, rotundiflora. (more…)


Columbia Gorge Daisy (Erigeron oreganus)

McCord Creek Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR 6/2013.

McCord Creek Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR 6/2013.

Look for these on the cliff trail approaching upper McCord Creek Falls in June.


Rock Penny Cress (Thlaspi fendleri var. glaucum)

Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

When the flowers are closed, it’d be easy to mistake this mustard family member for a clover of some sort.   (more…)


Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)

Bridalveil Falls State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2015.

Bridalveil Falls State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2015.

This prevalent plant’s common name refers to its alleged nourishment for miners living in the wilds, far from civilization. (more…)


Western Saxifrage (Saxifraga occidentalis)

Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, WA, 2/2015.

Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, WA, 2/2015.

Most sources set the bloom time for this common gorge variety in March, but this year we found it at Catherine Creek in mid February! (more…)