A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

figwort / lousewort

Mountain Owl’s Clover (Orthocarpus imbricatus)

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

None of the three different groups of flowers called “owl’s clover” are actually clovers.  (more…)


Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

Latourell Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 8/2013.

Latourell Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 8/2013.

This showy, European import is prevalent in low-elevation roadsides and disturbed areas in the western halves of Oregon, Washington and California, as well a a smattering of western, and east-coast locations. (more…)


Columbia Kittentails (Synthyris stellata)

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

This subspecies, stellata is endemic to the Columbia Gorge, and is one of the first flowers to bloom there every year.  A very similar relative missurica, also called “Mountain Kittentails” and “Tailed Kittentails”,  is found in Northeast Oregon, Southeast Washington, and Northwest Idaho.  (more…)


Small-Flowered Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora)

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Major Creek Road, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

To be honest, we couldn’t possibly tell the difference between this and the previously posted rattanii,  but we’re going by bloom time. (more…)


Birdsbeak Lousewort (Pedicularis ornithorhyncha)

Park Creek Pass, North Cascades N.P., WA, 8/2012.

The petals’ resemblance to a bird’s beak which gives this flower its Latin and common name is easily seen in this close-up.  (more…)


Davidson’s Penstemon (Penstemon davidsonii)

Collier Cone Trail, Three Sisters NW, OR, 8/2013.

Collier Cone Trail, Three Sisters NW, OR, 8/2013.

The genus name refers to the flower’s  five stamens.  There are over 200 species of penstemon in the west.  (more…)


Rattan’s Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia rattanii)

Grassy Knoll Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2013.

Grassy Knoll Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2013.

Blooming slightly later than other Blue-Eyed Marys (Large flowered, small flowered and few flowered); it has the characteristic 5 petals, with the upper two petals pale, or nearly white, while the lower three are deep blue to lavender.

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Common Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus)

Catherine Creek Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA. 4/2013.

Catherine Creek Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA. 4/2013.

The latin translates to “little mimic.”  (more…)


Turtlehead (Nothochelone nemorosa)

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Larch Mountain, Columbia Gorge, OR, 7/2014.

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Bracted Lousewort (Pedicularis bracteosa)

Berkeley Park Meadow, Mount Rainier N.P., WA, 8/2011.

Also known as “Wood Betony.”