We found this guy holding on amidst alpine scree and snow near the crest of central Oregon’s Three Fingered Jack this summer. (more…)
The common name “mistmaiden” is surely appropriate for these delightful flowers. (more…)
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…)
We found this Varileaf phacelia specimen at the lower edge of its elevation range (more…)
Upper Royal Basin Trail, Olympic NP, 7/2016.
Not sure why both the genus name and the common name refer to a dog’s tongue (the leaves?). (more…)
Like other members of the waterleaf family, the stamens of the flowers extend beyond the corolla and the leaves are large and numerous, allowing them to collect moisture. This species is also known as “Slender-stem Waterleaf.” The Greek hydrophyllum is a direct translation of the common name.
Compare to the bluish Ball-head Waterleaf.
This is sometimes called “Bull-head Waterleaf,” and a close relative of this is called “Woollen Breeches.” (more…)
The nickname comes from the flower head’s resemblance to the curled tuning head of a violin. The bristle-like hairs that cover this plant can irritate the skin. The tiny black nuts that are produced by each flower are said to be poisonous to cattle.
Not to be confused with Campanula rotundifolia aka Harebell. Mountain beaver are said to be particularly fond of this native plant.