A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Columbia Gorge West

Sticky Cinquefoil (Potentilla glandulosa)

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Badger Creek Wilderness, OR, 5/2016.

In the early 2000s, through DNA identification and global research advances, a few of the Cinquefoils, including this common lower elevation meadow flower, were moved from the Potentilla genus to the new Drymocallis genus. To date all three Drymocallis species’ share the trait of being  ‘protocarnivorous.’ (more…)


Vanilla Leaf (Achlys triphylla)

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Three Corner Rock Trail, Skamania County, WA, 5/2020.

It’s nearly impossible to hike in the Cascades without recognizing large drifts of this common plant in the understory, but nearly as rare is seeing it in bloom.  (more…)


Bastard Toadflax (Comandra umbellata)

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Weldon Wagon Road Trail, Klickitat County, WA .5/2020.

This native flowering plant is one we often see on spring hikes in the Columbia River Gorge, (more…)


Idaho Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium idahoense)

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Willow Creek Nature Preserve, Eugene, OR, 5/2016.

This is the most common of the bashful blue-eyed grasses we encounter, (more…)


Farewell to Spring (Clarkia amoena)

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Tire Mountain, Willamette National Forest, OR, 7/2019.

Often seen growing amid browning grasses from drying soil, this lovely flower gets its common name from the fact that it appears as many spring blooms are dying back, often carpeting full hillsides.    (more…)


Striped Coralroot (Corallorhiza striata)

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Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2015.

We find coral roots, except for this striped species, faithful companions that reward those that closely scan the pine-needle  floors throughout the wilderness areas of the Pacific Northwest. (more…)


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…)


Varied-leaf Collomia (Collomia heterophylla)

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Glacier Lake Trail, Goat Rocks Wilderness, Gifford Pinchot NF, WA, 6/2018.

The Varied-leaf Collomia is a much smaller sibling to the previously-posted Grandiflora collomia. Although their tiny sweet pink flowers (more…)


Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

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Mirror Lake, Rooster Rock State Park, OR, 7/2015.

The big-heads of this aster family member can be dried, powdered and  used as snuff, (more…)


Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia)

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South Puyallup Trail, Mt Rainier National Park, WA, 7/2015.

This member of the orchid family is common in conifer woodlands across the west and northwest.  (more…)


Western False Asphodel (Tofieldia glutinosa)

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Along the banks of Royal Lake, Olympic N.P., WA, 7/2016.

We’ve probably mistaken these for Death Camas, Bistort, or Valerian on many occasions. (more…)


Sitka Mistmaiden (Romanzoffia sitchensis)

 

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Mary’s Peak, Siuslaw National Forest, 6/2016.

The common name “mistmaiden” is surely appropriate for these delightful flowers. (more…)


Martindale’s Desert Parsley (Lomatium martindalei)

Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

Although we’ve long enjoyed the “spring gold” dusting of these flowers across rocky landscapes in the early spring, (more…)


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…)


Chickweed Monkeyflower (Mimulus alsinoides)

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Britt Woods, Jacksonville, OR. 3/2018.

We tend to see three different species of yellow monkey flower in the Cascades and the Columbia River gorge (more…)


Oregon Fawn Lily (Erythronium oregonum)

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Rim Trail, Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

Blooming earlier, and at lower elevations than the similar Avalanche Lily, and Glacier Lily, these are recognizable by their lovely, “mottled” leaves with streaks of white, lighter green or even brown (seen below).  (more…)


Western Meadowrue (Thalictrum occidentale)

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

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


Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum)

Hardy Ridge Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2015.

Hardy Ridge Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2015.

We see three species of wild allium with some regularity on hikes in the Columbia Gorge and Cascades (more…)


Northwestern Twayblade (Listera caurina)

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Larch Mountain, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2016.

Although Twayblades are not uncommon (especially for an orchid), (more…)


Cape Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)

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Ridgefield Wildlife Preserve, WA, 9/2015.

This rustic, but pretty, flower is common to much of North America. (more…)


Diamond Clarkia (Clarkia rhomboidea)

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

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

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Smooth Douglasia (Douglasia laevigata)

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Royal Lake Campground, Olympic NP, 7/2016.

Last July we found a single specimen (above) of this uncommon primrose peeking out from among the rocks near Royal Lake Campground.  One year later, and a few miles west, (more…)


Fringed Pinesap (Pleuricospora fimbriolata)

Table Rock Trail, Table Rock Wilderness, OR  8/2016.

Table Rock Trail, Table Rock Wilderness, OR 8/2016.

Easy to miss, and difficult to identify (more…)


Columbia Lewisia (Lewisia columbiana)

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA,  6/2015.

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2015.

This member of the purslane family prefers rocky cliffs, making it difficult to get good close-ups of it without risking life and limb.   (more…)