A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

June

Pacific Ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus)

Wahclella Falls Trail (Tanner Creek), Columbia Gorge, OR,

Wahclella Falls Trail (Tanner Creek), Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2015.

This flowering shrub is native to the northwest coast and Cascades (more…)

Advertisements

Common Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata)

IMG_5356

Horsethief Lake, Columbia Hills State Park, WA. 5/2017.

While this plant is widespread and native to much of the western U.S., we still find ourselves taken with the rustic beauty of the flowers (more…)


Western Meadowrue (Thalictrum occidentale)

IMG_3186.JPG

Upper Royal Basin, Olympic National Park, WA, 7/2016.

In moist meadows or forests you will often see these odd looking plants.  (more…)


Rayless Arnica (Arnica discoidea)

DSC02389 (2).jpg

Badger Creek Wilderness, OR, 5/2015.

There are three species of “rayless” arnica in the northwest:  parryi, spathulata and this.   (more…)


Varileaf Phacelia (Phacelia heterophylla)

DSC03123 (2).jpg

Horse Rock Ridge Trail, OR, 6/2016.

We found this Varileaf phacelia specimen at the lower edge of its elevation range (more…)


Tall Silvercrown (Luina nardosmia)

DSC04171 (3).jpg

Leavenworth Ski Hill, Leavenworth, WA, 5/2017.

Variously called Luina or Cacaliopsis, this waist-high plain-looking plant’s  leaves resemble those of Coltsfoot, with flowers that look somewhat like a Rainiera. Upon close inspection, (more…)


Diamond Clarkia (Clarkia rhomboidea)

DSC04432 (2).jpg

Tygh Creek Trail, Badger Creek Wilderness Area, OR, 6/2017

The Diamond or Common clarkia, showed up near its close relative the Elkhorns Clarkia,

(more…)


Gairdner’s Penstemon (Penstemon gairdneri)

IMG_5325

Rattlesnake Dance Trail, Yakima Canyon, WA.  5/2017

We found these lovely, endemic penstemons on an impromptu hike just south of Ellensburg, WA, on our way back to Portland from Leavenworth this past spring. (more…)


Northern Groundcone (Boschniakia rossica)

IMG_7113 (2).jpg

Yakutania Point Trail, Skagway, AK, 7/2017.

We found this odd non-green plant in a couple locations in flood-prone Cottonwood-Alder forests outside of Skagway, Alaska.   (more…)


Elkhorns Clarkia (Clarkia pulchella)

IMG_5761.JPG

Tygh Creek Trail, Badger Creek Wilderness, OR, 6/2017.

After seeing these beauties in books (the latin Pulchella  means beautiful), we’d long dreamed of finding them in the wild.   (more…)