A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Posts tagged “Mt. Rainier

Mountain Sagewort (Artemesia norvegica)


Tatoosh Ridge Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA, 7/2020.

These Mountain Sageworts were mixed into the incredible flower fields we found on Tatoosh Ridge south of Mt. Rainier.  (more…)

Silverleaf Phacelia (Phacelia hastata)


Upper Canyon Creek Meadows Trail, Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, OR, 7/2019.

We found this guy holding on amidst alpine scree and snow near the crest of central Oregon’s Three Fingered Jack this summer. (more…)

Arrow-leaved Groundsel (Senecio triangularis)

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Mt. Hood, Vista Ridge Trail, OR, 8/2016.

One of the more common and easy to identify of the dizzying array of yellow composite flowers; we were surprised to find we hadn’t yet posted it.  (more…)

Nuttall’s Linanthus (Linanthus nuttallii)


South Puyallup Trail, Mt. Rainier N.P. 7/2015.

This fragrant phlox relative, sporting distinctive needle-like leaves, appears to be relatively common in alpine and subalpine areas in much of the western U.S.  (more…)

Turtlehead (Nothochelone nemorosa)


Larch Mountain, Columbia Gorge, OR, 7/2014.


Bracted Lousewort (Pedicularis bracteosa)

Berkeley Park Meadow, Mount Rainier N.P., WA, 8/2011.

Also known as “Wood Betony.”

Parrotbeak (Pedicularis racemosa)

Berkeley Park Meadow, Mount Rainier N.P., WA, 8/2011.


Coiled-beak Lousewort (Pedicularis contortus)

Near Skyscraper Mountain, Mt. Rainier N.P. , WA, 8/2011.


Hornemann’s Willowherb (Epilobium hornemannii)

Lake James,  Mt. Rainier N.P., WA, 8/2011.

This one seems kind  of rare.  It wasn’t in any of our wildflower guides  (and we’ve been amassing  quite a collection).  We finally found it online using this very cool site.  Unfortunately, other than the family, and the fact that it is quite striking,  we don’t know much about it.  Maybe you do?

Goat’s Beard (Aruncus sylvester)

Carbon River Trail, Mount Rainier N.P., WA, 8/2011.

Differentiated from the similar Ocean Spray by its compound leaves.  (more…)

Tall Bluebells aka Tall Lungwort (Mertensia paniculata)

Berkeley Park Meadow, Mount Rainier N.P., WA, 8/2011

Not to be confused with Campanula rotundifolia aka Harebell.   Mountain beaver are said to be particularly fond of this native plant.

Indian Thistle (Cirsium edule)

Young flower head, Thunder Basin, North Cascades N.P., 8/2012.

A lot of thistles are non-native and often invasive.  This one is neither. info and another pic…

Lewis Monkeyflower (Mimulus lewisii)



Bagley Lake Trail, Mt. Baker Wilderness, WA, 7/2016.

Named after Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806.


Small-Flowered Penstemon (Penstemon procerus)

Upper Thunder Basin, North Cascades N.P., WA, 8/2012.

another pic…

Cascade Stonecrop (Sedum divergens)


Cone Peak, Willamette National Forest, OR, 6/2016.

Similar to Sedum Oreganum, which is taller and found in lower and coastal areas of the pacific northwest.  (more…)

Mountain Spiraea (Spiraea densiflora)

Mt. Rainier N.P. , WA, 8/2011

This shrub-of-many-names is also known as Rosy Spiraea,  Mountain Meadow-sweet,  Pink Meadow-sweet and Spiraea Splendens.

Compare to Spiraea douglasii.

Pink Mountain Heather (Phyllodoce empetriformis)

Mt. Rainier N.P., WA, 8/2011.

“The genus is named for a sea nymph.  Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), father of the binary naming system for plants, also started the custom of naming members of the heath family after nymphs and goddesses.”  Mark Turner and Phyllis Gustafson, Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest.  Compare to white heather. (more…)

Pale Agoseris (Agoseris glauca)

Sourdough Ridge, Mt. Rainier N.P., WA 8/2011.

Also known as False Dandelion.

False Bugbane (Trautvetteria caroliniensis)

Northern Loop Trail, Mt. Rainier N.P., WA, 8/2011

The flowers of this plant have no petals, only stamens.  Distinguishable from true bugbane by its maple-shaped leaves.

Sitka Valerian (Valeriana sitchensis)


Ed’s Trail, Silver Star Mountain, WA, 6/2013.


Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium pulcherrimum)

Northern Loop Trail, Mt. Rainier N.P., 8/2011.

The rungs of the “ladder” are the  leaflets.  This flower is said to have an unpleasant odor.  Note the speedwell in the lower left.


Cusick’s Speedwell (Veronica Cusickii)

Northern Loop Trail, Mt. Rainier N.P., 8/2011.

Veronicas or Speedwells are unusual in having only 2 quite long stamens (male) and one pistil (female).    another photo…

Berkeley Park Meadow

Berkeley Park, Mt. Rainier N. P. 8/2011.

This is what it looked like 3 miles from the Sunrise trail head last Thursday.   Much more to come from our recent Mt. Rainier trip.  Amazing!!!

Seen in this photo:  Paintbrush, Lupine, Bracted LousewortWestern Amenome Seed Head.

Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruitcosa)


Marmot Pass, Buckhorn Wilderness, WA, 7/2017.