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…)
Early spring Columbia Gorge hikers are treated to several varieties of lomatium, commonly known as desert parsley (more…)
The edible berries of this shrub vary in taste. (more…)
Common in the dry, western, low-elevation Cascades, this shrub is said to have been a favorite of famed botanist David Douglas. (more…)
Also known as “Saskatoon berry”, “juneberry”, and “shadberry.” (more…)
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…)
Like some other water plants (including rice) the water lily gives off alcohol instead of carbon dioxide.