We stumbled across this fen of Ladies Tress orchids in the moist alpine meadows of Mt. Hood’s north side in late August. (more…)
Although native to the eastern US, this weed grows in moist, disturbed soils across the country.
The flower is very small, perhaps a centimeter or a bit more in diameter.
Along with Mertens’ Coral Root, one of the more common, and less attractive of the chlorophyll lacking plants in northwest forests. (more…)
We’ve been hiking on Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and in the Gorge the last few weeks and have been seeing these everywhere, usually in large bunches. We’ve seen them on roadsides, trail sides and lower-elevation meadows.
Although the plant is a common sight in northwest meadows, it can still be difficult to find in bloom. (more…)
Like some other water plants (including rice) the water lily gives off alcohol instead of carbon dioxide.
This strange dark flower grows close to the forest floor, requiring one to hunt under the tell-tale heart-shaped leaves to find it. Its discovery can make your day! (more…)
Elizabeth Horn, in Wildflowers 1 The Cascades, writes of the many ways Native Americans ate and used this plant: