Spring Beauties are part of a group of plants sometimes called “spring ephemerals”, also including Blue-Eyed Grass, that harness the insulating properties of winter snowfall to send a shoot up from their underground bulb through the cold wet soil, during winter (more…)
The largest member of the Lewisia family grows at low and mid-elevations almost exclusively in the Wenatchee Mountains in central Washington. Frank Tweedy, a botanist with the US Geological Survey stumbled upon this beauty while working with the Northern Pacific Railway in 1882. (more…)
This member of the purslane family prefers rocky cliffs, making it difficult to get good close-ups of it without risking life and limb. (more…)
This prevalent plant’s common name refers to its alleged nourishment for miners living in the wilds, far from civilization. (more…)
Easy to miss, the early spring Bitter root appears to survive with little support. (more…)
Named after the California gold-miners who ate it to stave off scurvy. (more…)
Mt. Rainier N.P., WA. 8/2011.
Compare to Cliff Maids aka Siskiyou Lewisia.
Compare to Quil-leaved Lewisia.