A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Posts tagged “Columbia Gorge

Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)

Bridalveil Falls State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2015.

Bridalveil Falls State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2015.

This prevalent plant’s common name refers to its alleged nourishment for miners living in the wilds, far from civilization. (more…)


Yakima Milk-vetch (Astragalus reventiformis)

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Dalles Mountain Road, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

Yakima is the name of a group or tribe of Native Americans who live in Washington state.   (more…)


Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum)

Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

If you’re seeing larkspur now (early spring) in the Northwest, chances are that it’s this variety.  Also called “Common Larkspur”. (more…)


Great Hound’s Tongue (Cynoglossum grande)

Mitchell Point Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Mitchell Point Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Not sure why both the genus name and the common name refer to a dog’s tongue (the leaves?). (more…)


Sicklepod Rockcress (Arabis sparsiflora)

Dalles Mountain Road, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

Dalles Mountain Road, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

Many books/botanists now classify this as Boechera sparsiflora.

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Snow Queen (Synthyris reniformis)

Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

There are nine species in the Synthyris genus.  Four appear in the Pacific Northwest.  Only two appear in the Columbia Gorge (more…)


Cliff Paintbrush (Castilleja rupicola)

McCord Creek Falls, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2014.

McCord Creek Falls, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2014.

This is one of the easier paintbrush varieties to identify (more…)


Western Saxifrage (Saxifraga occidentalis)

Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, WA, 2/2015.

Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, WA, 2/2015.

Most sources set the bloom time for this common gorge variety in March, but this year we found it at Catherine Creek in mid February! (more…)


Gold Stars (Crocidium multicaule)

Lyle Cherry Orchard, Columbia Gorge, WA , 2/2015.

Lyle Cherry Orchard, Columbia Gorge, WA , 2/2015.

These charming members of the aster family, and the senecio (groundsel) tribe, bloom in early spring, usually in large groups.   (more…)


Shrubby Penstemon (Penstemon fruticosus var. fruticosus)

Rainy Lake Road, OR, 6/2014.

Rainy Lake Road, OR, 6/2014.

Looking very similar to both davidsonii and rupicola (of which, only the latter is found in the gorge), (more…)