A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

marsh wetland/water’s edge

Hooded Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana)

Eden Park Trail, Mt. Hood Wilderness, OR, 8/2016.

Eden Park Trail, Mt. Hood Wilderness, OR, 8/2016.

We stumbled across this fen of Ladies Tress orchids in the moist alpine meadows of Mt. Hood’s north side in late August. (more…)


Common Butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris)

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Bagley Lake Trail, Mt. Baker Wilderness, WA. 7/2016.

Our second carnivorous plant post!!   (more…)


Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidentale)

Near Eight-Dollar Mountain, Selma, OR, 4/2015.

Near Eight-Dollar Mountain, Selma, OR, 4/2015.

In the same southern Oregon fen where we found the unusual pitcher plant, these amazing flowering shrubs were just beginning to bloom.   (more…)


Yellow Fireweed (Epilobium luteum)

Near South Puyallup Camp, Mt. Rainier NP, WA, 7/2015/

Near South Puyallup Camp, Mt. Rainier NP, WA, 7/2015

Also known as Yellow Willow herb.


Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)

Bridalveil Falls State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2015.

Bridalveil Falls State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2015.

This prevalent plant’s common name refers to its alleged nourishment for miners living in the wilds, far from civilization. (more…)


California Pitcher Plant (Darlingtonia californica)

Near Eight-Dollar Mountain, Selma, OR, 4/2015.

Near Eight-Dollar Mountain, Selma, OR, 4/2015.

The only carnivorous plant native to the west coast.   (more…)


Coneflower (Rudbeckia occidentalis)

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Also called “Western Cone Flower” and “Western Chocolate Cone”.   A yellow variety occurs in southern Oregon and northern California.  The purple/brown cones turn black and grow larger as they age.


Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

Latourell Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 8/2013.

Latourell Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 8/2013.

This showy, European import is prevalent in low-elevation roadsides and disturbed areas in the western halves of Oregon, Washington and California, as well a a smattering of western, and east-coast locations. (more…)


Baneberry (Actaea rubra)

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2014.

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2014.

This member of the buttercup family is seen at all elevations across most of the the Northeast, North-central, and Western U.S. (more…)


Brewer’s Mitrewort (Mitella breweri)

Inlet of "Big" Cougar Lake,  William O. Douglas Wilderness, WA, 7/2014.

Inlet of “Big” Cougar Lake, William O. Douglas Wilderness, WA, 7/2014.

The name has us thinking of mitrewort beer, but it’s actually named after William Henry Brewer (1828-1910), a prestigious botanist who explored California and the northwest, and has his name on several flowers.   (more…)