Eight Mile Creek Loop, Mt. Hood National Forest, OR, 6/2020.
This small and rather plain member of the rose family, also known as “Pink Pinwheels”, was prevalent in a small, sunny meadow near the trailhead on a recent hike on the east side of Mt. Hood. (more…)
In the early 2000s, through DNA identification and global research advances, a few of the Cinquefoils, including this common lower elevation meadow flower, were moved from the Potentilla genus to the new Drymocallis genus. To date all three Drymocallis species’ share the trait of being ‘protocarnivorous.’ (more…)
For Valentine’s Day, we’re posting our first of several native roses from our region, (more…)
This flowering shrub is native to the northwest coast and Cascades (more…)
From a distance, one might assume it to be Oregon Sunshine, given its bright yellow color and tendency to grow amid dry rock and shale near the top of mountains like central Oregon’s Cone Peak and Iron Mountain. (more…)
This flowering shrub, a mainstay along roads and trailsides throughout the west, begins blooming in June at lower elevations (like our photos here) and peaks in July and August at higher elevations. (more…)
Also known as Antelope Bush, this shrub puts on quite a show in the late spring. (more…)
The edible berries of this shrub vary in taste. (more…)
Also known as “Saskatoon berry”, “juneberry”, and “shadberry.” (more…)
Both the Latin and the common name come from the leaves. Pectinata means “comb-like,” and the birds whose feet they are compared to are really grouse, who were once called partridges by hunters, and who have feathery feet. (more…)
Also known as Hardhack, Steeple Bush and Douglas Spiraea. Unlike Mountain Spiraea, this has cone or pyramid shaped flower clusters, occurs at lower elevations and can be found in yards and gardens.
Differentiated from the similar Ocean Spray by its compound leaves. (more…)
This shrub-of-many-names is also known as Rosy Spiraea, Mountain Meadow-sweet, Pink Meadow-sweet and Spiraea Splendens.
Compare to Spiraea douglasii.
“The fruits are rather small, but sweet, aromatic, and richly flavoured.” – Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies, Scotter & Flygare, 1986. A cherished part of the diet of local inhabitants for centuries in both America and Europe. Mesimarja is a Finnish liqueur distilled from this fruit.
The term ‘salmon berry’ comes from the Native American tradition of eating them alongside fresh or dried salmon. (more…)