A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Star-Flowered Solomon’s Seal (Smilacina stellata)

Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

Also called Star-Flowered False Solomon’s Seal, and Starry Solomon’s Plume.   (more…)


False Lily-of-the-valley (Maianthemum dilatatum)

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2014.

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2014.

The parallel-veined, heart-shaped leaves are immediately recognized by anyone who has spent time in northwest woodlands.   (more…)


Harvest Brodiaea (Brodiaea coronaria)

Near Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2014.

Near Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2014.

Like Bitterroot, by the time this plant blooms, the leaves are gone.  (more…)


Forktooth Ookow (Dichelostmma congestum)

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Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA 6/2013.

This odd-named but common lily is also known as a “Ball-head Cluster Lily” and is sometimes called a Brodiaea.  (more…)


Hyacinth Cluster Lily (Triteleia hyacinthina)

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA  6/2013

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA 6/2013.

Sometimes called “White Hyancinth”  and “Fool’s Onion”, this variety is similar to Triteleia howellii, but sports waxier petals and blooms later in the season.

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Red Bells (Fritillaria recurva)

Lithia Park, Ashland, OR, 3/2014.

Lithia Park, Ashland, OR, 3/2014.

Recognizably similar to its relatives in the Fritillaria  family, Checker Lily and Yellow Bells, (more…)


Fairy Lanterns (Disporum smithii)

Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

Sometimes called Smith’s Fairy Bells, these are closely related to Hooker’s Fairy Bells(more…)


Yellow Bells (Fritillaria pudica)

Seven-mile Hill, Columbia Gorge, OR, 2/2015.

Seven-mile Hill, Columbia Gorge, OR, 2/2015.

 

According to Ronald Taylor’s Sagebrush Country, the Latin fritillaria comes from fritill, which is Latin for “dice box” (more…)


Green False Hellebore (Veratum viride)

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

Although the plant is a common sight in northwest meadows, it can still be difficult to find in bloom.  (more…)


Bronze Bells (Stenanthium occidentale)

Near Easy Pass, North Cascades NP, WA 8/2012.

Near Easy Pass, North Cascades NP, WA 8/2012.

This uncommon (and uncommonly modest) lily has a nodding raceme of bells rising from grassy onion-like leaves. (more…)