A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

figwort / lousewort

Scabland Penstemon (Penstemon deustus)

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Cone Peak Trail, Willamette National Forest, OR, 6/2019.

Amazingly….we continue to find more northwest penstemons! This one is unique in its stems of creamy white rather than the traditional purple, pink, or blue flowers (more…)

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Fuzzy-tongue Penstemon (Penstemon eriantherus v. argillosus)

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Iron Mountain, Willamette National Forest, OR, 6/2016.

These fuzzy-tongue penstemon, display amazing markings to guide pollinators to their nectar.  (more…)


Kellogg’s Monkeyflower (Diplacus kelloggii)

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Viewpoint Mike Trail, Lost Creek Lake, OR, 4/2018.

What a treat to discover these tiny, and possibly somewhat rare, monkeyflowers on the dry grassy slopes among the blooming buckbrush and long-needled ponderosa pines on a recent hike in Southern Oregon!  (more…)


Chickweed Monkeyflower (Mimulus alsinoides)

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Britt Woods, Jacksonville, OR. 3/2018.

We tend to see three different species of yellow monkey flower in the Cascades and the Columbia River gorge (more…)


Gairdner’s Penstemon (Penstemon gairdneri)

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Rattlesnake Dance Trail, Yakima Canyon, WA.  5/2017

We found these lovely, endemic penstemons on an impromptu hike just south of Ellensburg, WA, on our way back to Portland from Leavenworth this past spring. (more…)


Tooth-leaved Monkeyflower (Mimulus dentatus)

St. Perpetua Trail, Cape Perpetua State Park, OR, 5/2015.

St. Perpetua Trail, Cape Perpetua State Park, OR, 5/2015.

We’ve been seeing a lot of these on recent hikes–both in the gorge and on the coast. (more…)


Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida)

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

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

The many different species of this genus of the figwort family are notoriously hard to distinguish from one another, even for botanists.  (more…)


Snow Queen (Synthyris reniformis)

Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

There are nine species in the Synthyris genus.  Four appear in the Pacific Northwest.  Only two appear in the Columbia Gorge (more…)


Cliff Paintbrush (Castilleja rupicola)

McCord Creek Falls, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2014.

McCord Creek Falls, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2014.

This is one of the easier paintbrush varieties to identify (more…)


Shrubby Penstemon (Penstemon fruticosus var. fruticosus)

Rainy Lake Road, OR, 6/2014.

Rainy Lake Road, OR, 6/2014.

Looking very similar to both davidsonii and rupicola (of which, only the latter is found in the gorge), (more…)