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…)
Last July we found a single specimen (above) of this uncommon primrose peeking out from among the rocks near Royal Lake Campground. One year later, and a few miles west, (more…)
We stumbled across this fen of Ladies Tress orchids in the moist alpine meadows of Mt. Hood’s north side in late August. (more…)
We’ve only encountered this heather variety a handful of times; (more…)
Upper Royal Basin Trail, Olympic NP, 7/2016.
Although native to the eastern US, this weed grows in moist, disturbed soils across the country.
The flower is very small, perhaps a centimeter or a bit more in diameter.
When the flowers are closed, it’d be easy to mistake this mustard family member for a clover of some sort. (more…)
Phlox is Greek for “flame” (apparently named after a bright red variety). (more…)