Unlike the phlox we commonly see carpeting gravelly windswept mountain passes, the p. speciosa variety is a taller plant found in open woods and meadows at low elevation , often mixed with other grassland flowers. (more…)
We rarely see this flower in full bloom, and then hardly ever without an insect of some sort on its lovely petals. (more…)
This fragrant phlox relative, sporting distinctive needle-like leaves, appears to be relatively common in alpine and subalpine areas in much of the western U.S. (more…)
We found this version of Jacob’s Ladder in the stark, rocky, alpine zone of Marmot Pass at the eastern edge of the Olympic Mountains, along with phlox, cutleaf fleabane (see third photo), and moss campion. (more…)
This stalk of small flowers stands out for its unusual salmon color and contrasting blue pollen. It grows in dry sandy soils west of the Continental Divide. (more…)
Phlox is Greek for “flame” (apparently named after a bright red variety). (more…)
These lovely, tiny flowers are barely over an inch or two from the ground. (more…)
Knob Peak, Bull of the Woods W.A., Oregon, 7/2012.
Bull of the Woods W.A., Oregon, 7/2012.
This plant is rare for both its beauty and the fact that it is biennial, i.e. it takes two years to produce flowers, and then dies. Also known as foxfire, it is a hummingbird favorite.
The rungs of the “ladder” are the leaflets. This flower is said to have an unpleasant odor. Note the speedwell in the lower left.