One of the more common and easy to identify of the dizzying array of yellow composite flowers; we were surprised to find we hadn’t yet posted it. (more…)
The big-heads of this aster family member can be dried, powdered and used as snuff, (more…)
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…)
While this plant is widespread and native to much of the western U.S., we still find ourselves taken with the rustic beauty of the flowers (more…)
There are three species of “rayless” arnica in the northwest: parryi, spathulata and this. (more…)
Golden rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) framed the arid piñon-juniper desertscape in our recent fall trip to Eastern Oregon. We saw them blooming everywhere across the rolling hills near the John Day Fossil Beds. They look similar to sagebrush (more…)
These pretty daisies were among many flowers blooming on Marmot Pass during our July visit. (more…)
Also known as Douglas’ dusty maidens and Hoary pincushion, this white flower with woolly soft silvery leaves blends into the background. (more…)
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.
Look for these on the cliff trail approaching upper McCord Creek Falls in June.
These charming members of the aster family, and the senecio (groundsel) tribe, bloom in early spring, usually in large groups. (more…)
Introduced to this continent from Europe, so that its roots could be used as a coffee substitute. (more…)
Varying in color from white to yellow, this single-stemmed plant concentrates alkaloids from the soil, causing it to be poisonous to cattle in its later stages. Also known as Paleyellow Ragwort.
Also called “Western Cone Flower” and “Western Chocolate Cone”. (more…)
“The name Fleabane was applied to this plant because there was a popular belief among country people that the flowers possessed some objectionable features that caused undesirable insects to give it a wide berth. (more…)
Stricta, once thought to be a member of the closely related luina (pronounced ‘lew-eye-na’) genus, is now the sole member of the Rainiera genus. (more…)
According to Turner & Gustafson (Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest), this groundsel relative is found mostly in California, and is rare in central and southern Oregon. (more…)
Related to both Woolly Pussytoes and Pearly Everlasting (some call it “Rosy Everlasting”), this composite family member is found in sunny, rocky areas at higher elevations throughout much of the western U.S. (more…)
Contrary to popular belief, we get plenty of sunshine in Oregon, especially during the summer months, when these flowers, coincidentally, are in bloom. (more…)
This pretty little thing, also known as Cornflower, is a noxious weed. Native to southern Europe, it is sometimes used in wildflower seed mixes. (more…)
We’ve been hiking on Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and in the Gorge the last few weeks and have been seeing these everywhere, usually in large bunches. We’ve seen them on roadsides, trail sides and lower-elevation meadows.
“So named because it grows from a strong smelling taproot…Although generally shunned by domestic livestock, Balsamroot is grazed by deer, elk, and mountain sheep. Indians used to eat the stout starchy roots and tender young shoots.” –Scotter & Flygare: Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies. (more…)
These tall asters were everywhere on our August North Cascades trip. (more…)