It’s hard to believe that this plant was unknown until Portland botanist Lilla Leach and her husband discovered it in 1930 (more…)
Although perhaps the least showy of the pyrolas, the tell-tale curved stalk is endearing when repeated in a grouping, explaining it’s common name of sidebells or one-sided wintergreen. (more…)
Some books put this plant in the Pyrola (wintergreen) genus, while others give it it’s own: Moneses. (more…)
We’ve only encountered this heather variety a handful of times; (more…)
We were shocked and disappointed that not one of our many wildflower guides featured this native flowering shrub. (more…)
Sometimes called “Sugarstick” or “Barber’s Pole”; this is certainly one of the odder-looking plants we’ve come across. (more…)
Along with Mertens’ Coral Root, one of the more common, and less attractive of the chlorophyll lacking plants in northwest forests. (more…)
Common in the dry, western, low-elevation Cascades, this shrub is said to have been a favorite of famed botanist David Douglas. (more…)
The name is a Native American word meaning “something to smoke,” referring to their use of the dried leaves of this plant, sometimes mixed with tobacco. (more…)
Many urn-shaped flowers filled with seeds hang like pendants off a long raceme in this showy saprophyte (a name for plants that derive their nourishment from decaying plant material). (more…)
Also known as cascade azalea and mountain misery (due to the problems hikers have getting through the tangled, slippery branches).
“The genus is named for a sea nymph. Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), father of the binary naming system for plants, also started the custom of naming members of the heath family after nymphs and goddesses.” Mark Turner and Phyllis Gustafson, Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest. Compare to white heather. (more…)
As the common name suggests, the fruits are not edible. The latin name comes from Archibald Menzies, a surgeon and naturalist with Vancouver’s Pacific Coast expedition (1790-95), an early botanist of pacific northwest plants.
Indians and early settlers used this plant to relieve rheumatism and skin irritations. (more…)