A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

medicinal

Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana)

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Willow Creek Natural Area, Eugene, OR, 5/2016.

For Valentine’s Day, we’re posting our first of several native roses from our region, (more…)

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Northern Gentian (Gentianella amarella)

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Horseshoe Basin, Pasayten Wilderness, WA, 7/2016.

In Washington’s Mt. Baker area, we stumbled upon this gentian, a less common variety within the pacific northwest (more…)


Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 7/2014.

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 7/2014.

This mint family member is found throughout the U.S. at low and mid elevations in moist woods or meadows.  (more…)


Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. arborescens)

The name refers to the bright red berries, not the flowers, which are white, as shown.

Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

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Green False Hellebore (Veratum viride)

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

Although the plant is a common sight in northwest meadows, it can still be difficult to find in bloom.  (more…)


California Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica)

4/2013. Catherine Creek Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA.

Catherine Creek Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA. 4/2013.

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.

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Red Willowherb (Epilobium latifolium)

Five mile camp, North Cascades N.P., WA, 8/2012.

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Sitka Valerian (Valeriana sitchensis)

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Ed’s Trail, Silver Star Mountain, WA, 6/2013.

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Broad-Leaved Arnica (Arnica latifolia)

Wind Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2015.

Wind Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2015.

Arnicas can be distinguished from Groundsels (senecios) by their paired opposite leaves. (more…)


Yellow Columbine (Aquilegia flavescens)

Lake Louise, Banff N.P. , Alberta, Canada.  7/2011.

This plant’s boiled roots were once used as a cure for diarrhea.  It’s better known cousin, Crimson Columbine can be found here.