A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Rattan’s Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia rattanii)

Grassy Knoll Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2013.

Grassy Knoll Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2013.

Blooming slightly later than other Blue-Eyed Marys (Large flowered, small flowered and few flowered); it has the characteristic 5 petals, with the upper two petals pale, or nearly white, while the lower three are deep blue to lavender.

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Big-Head Clover (Trifolium macrocephalum)

Grassy Knoll Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2013.

Grassy Knoll Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2013.

The palmately divided leaves, looking much like those of the lupine, are a giveaway that it’s in the pea family.  It’s underground rhizome roots can result in a large area covered with the small blooms.  The most showy of the clovers, it differs from other trifolium by locating only in thin dry gravelly soil.  (more…)