There are nine species in the Synthyris genus. Four appear in the Pacific Northwest. Only two appear in the Columbia Gorge (more…)
This non-native member of the mustard family appears sporadically across the U.S., but more often in Oregon and Washington. (more…)
Also known as Sand Clover, it was formerly named tridentatum. Named after Carl Ludwig Willdenow (1765-1812), a German botanist.
This subspecies, stellata is endemic to the Columbia Gorge, and is one of the first flowers to bloom there every year. A very similar relative missurica, also called “Mountain Kittentails” and “Tailed Kittentails”, is found in Northeast Oregon, Southeast Washington, and Northwest Idaho. (more…)
According to Ronald Taylor’s Sagebrush Country, the Latin fritillaria comes from fritill, which is Latin for “dice box” (more…)
We’ve looked high and low for this unusual flower, and were ecstatic when we finally found a single specimen right where Russ Jolley (Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge) said it would be, along the short trail to Starvation Creek Falls in early April, just a few steps from the parking lot. (more…)
A member of the Iris family, this is closely related to Blue-Eyed Grass. (more…)
The nickname comes from the flower head’s resemblance to the curled tuning head of a violin. The bristle-like hairs that cover this plant can irritate the skin. The tiny black nuts that are produced by each flower are said to be poisonous to cattle.