A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Henderson’s Stars (Triteleia hendersonii)

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Pacific Crest Trail near Green Springs, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, OR, 7/2019.

We were excited to find this dramatically-colored flower in a recent trip to the Siskiyou Mountains in southern Oregon.

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Round-Headed Buckwheat (Eriogonum sphaerocephalum)

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Umtanum Creek Recreation Area, Yakima River Canyon, WA, 6/2018.

We encountered this bright yellow buckwheat shrub dotting the pale dry sagebrush steppe in the Yakima River Valley in early summer.  (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…)


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…)


Tall Silvercrown (Luina nardosmia)

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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…)


White Western Groundsel (Senecio integerrimus var. ochroleucus)

Starvation Ridge Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

Starvation Ridge Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

Varying in color from white to yellow, this single-stemmed plant concentrates alkaloids from the soil, causing it to be poisonous to cattle in its later stages.  Also known as Paleyellow Ragwort.

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Kneeling Angelica (Angelica genuflexa)

Upper Latourell Falls, Columbia Gorge, OR, 8/2013.

Upper Latourell Falls, Columbia Gorge, OR, 8/2013.

This member of the parsley family is distinguishable from Gray’s Lovage and Cow Parsnip by its hearty stalks, saw-toothed leaves, and propensity for wetness.  This one seemed to be thriving in the misty spray of Upper Latourell Falls.


Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum)

Mt. Hood W.A., OR, 7/2012.

Elizabeth Horn, in Wildflowers 1 The Cascades,  writes of the many ways Native Americans ate and used this member of the parsley family:

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Gray’s Lovage (Ligusticum grayi)

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Mt. Hood N.W.A., OR, 7/2012.

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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…)