A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Henderson’s Stars (Triteleia hendersonii)

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Pacific Crest Trail near Green Springs, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, OR, 7/2019.

We were excited to find this dramatically-colored flower in a recent trip to the Siskiyou Mountains in southern Oregon.

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Giant White Wake Robin (Trillium albidum)

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Camassia Nature Preserve, West Linn, OR, 4/2019.

“What a pleasure, seeing the year’s first trilliums in March or April, just when the winter rains feel like Forever!”  —  Daniel Mathews, Cascade-Olympic Natural History

We couldn’t agree more! (more…)


Western False Asphodel (Tofieldia glutinosa)

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Along the banks of Royal Lake, Olympic N.P., WA, 7/2016.

We’ve probably mistaken these for Death Camas, Bistort, or Valerian on many occasions. (more…)


Clasping Leaf Twisted-stalk (Streptopus amplexifolius)

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Royal Basin trail, Olympic National Park, 7/2016.

This is the most common of the 3 twisted-stalks in our region.  (more…)


Sagebrush Mariposa Lily (Calochortus macrocarpus)

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Umtanum Ridge Trail, Yakima River Canyon (BLM), WA 6/2018.

The exquisite sagebrush mariposa lily, the largest in size of the many calochortus, (more…)


Oregon Fawn Lily (Erythronium oregonum)

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Rim Trail, Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

Blooming earlier, and at lower elevations than the similar Avalanche Lily, and Glacier Lily, these are recognizable by their lovely, “mottled” leaves with streaks of white, lighter green or even brown (seen below).  (more…)


Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum)

Hardy Ridge Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2015.

Hardy Ridge Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2015.

We see three species of wild allium with some regularity on hikes in the Columbia Gorge and Cascades (more…)


Tolmie’s Mariposa Lily (Calochortus tolmiei)

 

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Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Dallas, OR, 5/2017.

This low elevation west-side species of Calochortus is notable for the extreme hairiness inside the flower.  More than other Mariposa lilies (“butterfly” in spanish), (more…)


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 Hyacinth”  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)

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

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…)


Taper-tip Onion (Allium acuminatum)

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA,  6/2013

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2013.

All species of wild onion, including this one, are edible. (more…)


Hooker’s Fairy Bells (Disporum hookeri var. oreganum)

Ellowah Falls trail. Yeon State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR  4/2013.

Ellowah Falls trail, Yeon State Park,  Columbia Gorge, OR 4/2013.

Without the flowers this would be  difficult to distinguish from False Solomon’s Seal.  With the flowers, it resembles a much larger, white-flowered version of Rosy Twisted Stalk.  Also very similar to the closely related Fairy Lanterns.  Supposedly, the leaf’s parallel veins direct rainwater toward their pointed tips, protecting the flowers below.


Howell’s Triteleia (Triteleia grandiflora var. howellii)

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

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

One book nicknames this “Bi-colored Cluster Lily,”  and several others refer to it as  “Howell’s Brodiaea.”  We’re not savvy enough to know what distinguishes Brodiaea from Triteleia, so we went with the designation of Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest, the winner of  the American Horticultural Society Book Award, figuring they know what’s up.

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Meadow Death Camas (Zigadenus venenosus var. venenosus)

Near Eight-Dollar Mountain, Selma, OR, 4/2015.

Near Eight-Dollar Mountain, Selma, OR, 4/2015.

Some believe that mistaking the poisonous root of the Death Camas for the edible root of the Common Camas was what caused the death of Christopher McCandles (more…)


Common Camas (Camassia quamash)

Lacamas County Park, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2015.

Lacamas County Park, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2015.

The edible root of this spring flowering plant has a rich history.  Easily confused with the poisonous Death Camas once the flowers are gone, as the rest of the plants are nearly identical and the two often grow in the same areas.   Native Americans are thought to have weeded the Death Camas from large fields during flowering so that they could later harvest the edible camas without worry. (more…)


Cat’s-ear Lily (Calochortus subalpinus)

Paradise Park, Mount Hood N.F., OR, 7/2013.

Paradise Park, Mount Hood N.F., OR, 7/2013.

 

Also known as “mariposa lily.”  (more…)