A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Gordon’s Ivesia (Ivesia gordonii)

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Cone Peak Trail, Willamette National Forest, OR, 6/2017.

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…)

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Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)

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

We’ve only recently become aware of these attractive plants.   (more…)


Ocean Spray (Holodiscus discolor)

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Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA 6/2016.

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…)


Antelope Bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata)

Horsethief Butte, Columbia Hills State Park, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

Horsethief Butte, Columbia Hills State Park, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

Also known as Antelope Bush, this shrub puts on quite a show in the late spring.  (more…)


Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus discolor)

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2013.

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2013.

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Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

Near Memaloose Viewpoint, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

Near Memaloose Viewpoint, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

The edible berries of this shrub vary in taste.  (more…)


Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)

Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR 4/2013.

Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR 4/2013.

Also known as “Saskatoon berry”, “juneberry”, and  “shadberry.”  (more…)


Partridge Foot (Luetkea pectinata)

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

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…)


Large-leaved Avens (Geum macrophyllum)

McCord Creek Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR 6/2013.

McCord Creek Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR 6/2013.

“It is rarely abundant, easily overlooked and often mistaken for a cinquefoil or buttercup.”  -Robert Ross and Henrietta Chambers in Wildflowers of the Western Cascades. 

 


Western Spiraea (Spiraea douglasii)

Fisher Creek Trail, North Cascades N.P., WA, 8/2012.

Also known as Hardhack, Steeple Bush and Douglas Spirea.  Unlike Mountain Spirea, this has cone or pyramid shaped flower clusters, occurs at lower elevations and can be found in yards and gardens.