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.
“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…)
This is the most common of the 3 twisted-stalks in our region. (more…)
The exquisite sagebrush mariposa lily, the largest in size of the many calochortus, (more…)
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…)
We see three species of wild allium with some regularity on hikes in the Columbia Gorge and Cascades (more…)
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…)
Also called Star-Flowered False Solomon’s Seal, and Starry Solomon’s Plume. (more…)
The parallel-veined, heart-shaped leaves are immediately recognized by anyone who has spent time in northwest woodlands. (more…)
This odd-named but common lily is also known as a “Ball-head Cluster Lily” and is sometimes called a Brodiaea. (more…)
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.
According to Ronald Taylor’s Sagebrush Country, the Latin fritillaria comes from fritill, which is Latin for “dice box” (more…)
Although the plant is a common sight in northwest meadows, it can still be difficult to find in bloom. (more…)
This uncommon (and uncommonly modest) lily has a nodding raceme of bells rising from grassy onion-like leaves. (more…)
All species of wild onion, including this one, are edible. (more…)
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.
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.
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…)