A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

dry open woods

Large-flowered Collomia (Collomia grandiflora)

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Major Creek Road, Columbia Gorge, WA. 5/2017.

This small flower stands out for its unusual salmon color and contrasting blue pollen. It grows in dry sandy soils west of the Continental Divide. (more…)


Small-flowered Godetia (Clarkia purpurea)

Saddle Mountain Trail,  Saddle Mountain State Natural Area, OR, 6/2015.Saddle Mountain Trail, Saddle Mountain State Natural Area, OR, 6/2015.

 

Looking very much like its better know relative Farewell-to-spring (Clarkia amoena), (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…)


Mountain Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium montanum)

Badger Creek Trail, Badger Creek Wilderness, OR 5/2016.

Badger Creek Trail, Badger Creek Wilderness, OR 5/2016.

This rare orchid is a special treat if you can find it. (more…)


Naked Broomrape (Orobanche uniflora var. purpurea)

Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Look closely for these tiny flowers, but don’t expect to find any leaves.   (more…)


Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum)

Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

If you’re seeing larkspur now (early spring) in the Northwest, chances are that it’s this variety.  Also called “Common Larkspur”. (more…)


Great Hound’s Tongue (Cynoglossum grande)

Mitchell Point Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Mitchell Point Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Not sure why both the genus name and the common name refer to a dog’s tongue (the leaves?). (more…)


Gold Stars (Crocidium multicaule)

Lyle Cherry Orchard, Columbia Gorge, WA , 2/2015.

Lyle Cherry Orchard, Columbia Gorge, WA , 2/2015.

These charming members of the aster family, and the senecio (groundsel) tribe, bloom in early spring, usually in large groups.   (more…)


Oregon Flag (Iris tenax)

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2014.

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2014.

Not to be confused with this Oregon flag.   (more…)