A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.


Bell Catchfly (Silene campanulata)


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

We recently photographed this uncommon catchfly, and then realized we had also seen it on a previous trip visiting, Oregon’s southern Cascades.  Although common in this limited area, we more often see Parry’s Catchfly, elsewhere in the northwest.  (more…)

Field Chickweed (Cerastium arvense)

Dog Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA  5/2013.

Dog Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA 5/2013.

At first we thought this was Long Stemmed Starwort (in keeping with our June  “star” theme).    On second glance we believe this to be chickweed.  It appears to have ten petals at first, until one sees that each “pair” is actually a deeply lobed single petal, making five.  This is closely related to Common Chickweed, whose leaves are known to be edible, but we’re not sure if you can eat this.

Parry’s Catchfly (Silene douglasii var. macounii)

Park Creek Pass, North Cascades N.P., WA, 8/2012.

Slender Mountain Sandwort (Arenaria capillaris)

Mt. Hood N.W.A. , Oregon, 7/2012.



Moss Campion (Silene acaulis)


Tubal Cain Trail, Buckhorn Wilderness, WA, 7/2017.

These classic cushion shaped plants dot the open, gravelly, mountain tops of the Pacific Northwest.   (more…)