A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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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.