A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

edible

Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana)

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Willow Creek Natural Area, Eugene, OR, 5/2016.

For Valentine’s Day, we’re posting our first of several native roses from our region, (more…)


White Sweetvetch (Hedysarum sulphurescens)

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Boundary Trail, Horseshoe Basin, Pasayten Wilderness, WA, 7/2016.

Grizzly food! Good thing we didn’t know this fact (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…)


Western Spring Beauty (Claytonia lanceolata)

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Cone Peak Trail, Willamette National Forest, OR, 6/2017.

Spring Beauties are part of a group of plants sometimes called “spring ephemerals”, also including Blue-Eyed Grass, that harness the insulating properties of winter snowfall to send a shoot up from their underground bulb through the cold wet soil, during winter (more…)


Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)

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Tubal Cain Trail, Buckhorn Wilderness, WA, 7/2017

We’ve only recently become aware of these attractive plants.   (more…)


Columbia Desert Parsley (Lomatium columbianum)

 

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Lyle Cherry Orchard Trail, WA, 4/2016.

Early spring Columbia Gorge hikers are treated to several varieties of lomatium, commonly known as desert parsley (more…)


Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus discolor)

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2013.

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2013.

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Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

Near Memaloose Viewpoint, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

Near Memaloose Viewpoint, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

The edible berries of this shrub vary in taste.  (more…)


Harvest Brodiaea (Brodiaea coronaria)

Near Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2014.

Near Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2014.

Like Bitterroot, by the time this plant blooms, the leaves are gone.  (more…)


Salal (Gaultheria shallon)

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

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

Common in the dry, western, low-elevation Cascades, this shrub is said to have been a favorite of famed botanist David Douglas.  (more…)


Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)

Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR 4/2013.

Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR 4/2013.

Also known as “Saskatoon berry”, “juneberry”, and  “shadberry.”  (more…)


Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA,  6/2013.

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2013.

The name is a Native American word meaning “something to smoke,”  referring to their use of the dried  leaves of this plant, sometimes mixed with tobacco.  (more…)


Yellow Water Lily (Nuphar polysepalum)

Burnt Lake, Mount Hood N.F., OR, 7/2013.

Burnt Lake, Mount Hood N.F., OR, 7/2013.

Like some other water plants (including rice) the water lily gives off alcohol instead of carbon dioxide.

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Bistort aka Mountain Dock (Polygonum bistortoides)

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

We’ve also seen this called American Bistort, Mountain Meadow Knotweed, and (no kidding)  Smokeweed.

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Wild Ginger (Asarum caudatum)

Cone Peak Trail, near Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Cone Peak Trail, near Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

This strange dark flower grows close to the forest floor, requiring one to hunt under the tell-tale heart-shaped leaves to find it.  Its discovery can make your day! (more…)


Taper-tip Onion (Allium acuminatum)

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA,  6/2013

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2013.

All species of wild onion, including this one, are edible. (more…)


Coast Manroot aka Wild Cucumber (Marah oreganus)

4/2013.  Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR

Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR  4/2013.

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Red Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum)

Beacon Rock, Columbia Gorge, OR  4/2012.

Beacon Rock, Columbia Gorge, WA  4/2012.

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Bitter Root (Lewisia rediviva)

Catherine Creek Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA. 4/2013.

Catherine Creek Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA. 4/2013.

Easy to miss, the early spring Bitter root appears to survive with little  support. (more…)


Common Camas (Camassia quamash)

Lacamas County Park, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2015.

Lacamas County Park, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2015.

The edible root of this spring flowering plant has a rich history.  Easily confused with the poisonous Death Camas once the flowers are gone, as the rest of the plants are nearly identical and the two often grow in the same areas.   Native Americans are thought to have weeded the Death Camas from large fields during flowering so that they could later harvest the edible camas without worry. (more…)


Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium)

Five Mile Camp, North Cascades N.P., 8/2012.

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Orange Agoseris (Agoseris aurantiaca)

Park Creek Pass, North Cascades N.P., WA, 8/2012.

 

“Like the Common Dandelion, this plant can be used for salads, potherbs, tea, and wine.”  -G. Scotter & H. Flygare: Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies. 


Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum)

Mt. Hood W.A., OR, 7/2012.

Elizabeth Horn, in Wildflowers 1 The Cascades,  writes of the many ways Native Americans ate and used this member of the parsley family:

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Siberian Miner’s Lettuce aka Candy Flower (Claytonia sibirica)

Elk Meadows, Mt. Hood W.A., 7/2012.

Named after the California gold-miners who ate it to stave off scurvy. (more…)