For Valentine’s Day, we’re posting our first of several native roses from our region, (more…)
In Washington’s Mt. Baker area, we stumbled upon this gentian, a less common variety within the pacific northwest (more…)
This mint family member is found throughout the U.S. at low and mid elevations in moist woods or meadows. (more…)
The name refers to the bright red berries, not the flowers, which are white, as shown.
Although the plant is a common sight in northwest meadows, it can still be difficult to find in bloom. (more…)
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.
This plant’s boiled roots were once used as a cure for diarrhea. It’s better known cousin, Crimson Columbine can be found here.