A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

aster/composite

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.

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Gold Stars (Crocidium multicaule)

Lyle Cherry Orchard, Columbia Gorge, WA , 2/2015.

Lyle Cherry Orchard, Columbia Gorge, WA , 2/2015.

These charming members of the aster family, and the senecio (groundsel) tribe, bloom in early spring, usually in large groups.   (more…)


Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Along Redwood Creek, Redwoods N.P., California, 8/2014.

Along Redwood Creek, Redwoods N.P., California, 8/2014.

Introduced to this continent from Europe, so that its roots could be used as a coffee substitute. (more…)


White Western Groundsel (Senecio integerrimus var. ochroleucus)

Starvation Ridge Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

Starvation Ridge Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

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.

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Coneflower (Rudbeckia occidentalis)

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Also called “Western Cone Flower” and “Western Chocolate Cone”.   (more…)


Cushion Fleabane (Erigeron poliospermus var. poliospermus)

Horsethief Butte, Columbia Hills State Park, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

Horsethief Butte, Columbia Hills State Park, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

“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…)


Rainiera aka Tounge-Leaf Luina (Rainiera Stricta)

Union Creek Trail, William O. Douglas Wilderness, WA, 7/2014.

Union Creek Trail, William O. Douglas Wilderness, WA, 7/2014.

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…)


Silvery Raillardella (Raillardella argentea)

Collier Cone, Three Sisters Wilderness, OR, 8/2013.

Collier Cone, Three Sisters Wilderness, OR, 8/2013.

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…)


Rosy Pussytoes (Antennaria rosea)

Union Creek Trail, William O. Douglas Wilderness Area, WA, 7/2014.

Union Creek Trail, William O. Douglas Wilderness Area, WA, 7/2014.

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…)


Woolly Sunflower aka Oregon Sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum)

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Contrary to popular belief, we get plenty of sunshine in Oregon, especially during the summer months, when these flowers, coincidentally, are in bloom.  (more…)