One of two species of sand verbena native and unique to the Pacific coast (the other is Pink Sand Verbena, A. umbellata), which blooms all summer and into the fall. (more…)
Although the flowers were quite small (less than 0.5 inches in diameter), we still believe the Nemophila we found growing among the grasses near the seasonal vernal pools on top of Table Rock a few weeks back are of the fairly common menziesii species (more…)
We tend to see three different species of yellow monkey flower in the Cascades and the Columbia River gorge (more…)
This low elevation west-side species of Calochortus is notable for the extreme hairiness inside the flower. More than other Mariposa lilies (“butterfly” in spanish), (more…)
Nearly twenty species of saxifraga occur in the pacific northwest, and up until now, we’ve only posted three! (more…)
We’ve been seeing a lot of these on recent hikes–both in the gorge and on the coast. (more…)
We were shocked and disappointed that not one of our many wildflower guides featured this native flowering shrub. (more…)
These seemed so colorful and prevalent around Yachats and Cape Perpetua last weekend, (more…)
Also known as Sand Clover, it was formerly named tridentatum. Named after Carl Ludwig Willdenow (1765-1812), a German botanist.
This rare, endangered plant is only found in the rich soils of shady pacific northwest forests. (more…)
This mint family member is found throughout the U.S. at low and mid elevations in moist woods or meadows. (more…)
The edible berries of this shrub vary in taste. (more…)
The genus name comes from the Greek anemos, meaning “wind”, so technically all anemones are “wind flowers,” but this is the only western variety that is usually called by that name. (more…)
We’ve been hiking on Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and in the Gorge the last few weeks and have been seeing these everywhere, usually in large bunches. We’ve seen them on roadsides, trail sides and lower-elevation meadows.
Like some other water plants (including rice) the water lily gives off alcohol instead of carbon dioxide.
Named after the Russian-German naturalist and surgeon, Johann Friedrich von Eschsch0ltz. Spanish explorers on the California coast called this flower ‘Copa de Oro’ — cup of gold. The native range of the poppy encompasses the western states and Mexico, and it is the state flower of California, where one sees spectacular displays over entire hills and valleys in the spring. Native Americans used the leaves medicinally. It contains a different class of alkaloids than opium poppies, but its extract is said to have a mild opiate effect when smoked.
A lot of thistles are non-native and often invasive. This one is neither. info and another pic…