These Mountain Sageworts were mixed into the incredible flower fields we found on Tatoosh Ridge south of Mt. Rainier. (more…)
We found this guy holding on amidst alpine scree and snow near the crest of central Oregon’s Three Fingered Jack this summer. (more…)
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…)
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…)
Also known as “Wood Betony.”
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?
Differentiated from the similar Ocean Spray by its compound leaves. (more…)
Not to be confused with Campanula rotundifolia aka Harebell. Mountain beaver are said to be particularly fond of this native plant.
A lot of thistles are non-native and often invasive. This one is neither. info and another pic…
Named after Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806.
Similar to Sedum Oreganum, which is taller and found in lower and coastal areas of the pacific northwest. (more…)
This shrub-of-many-names is also known as Rosy Spiraea, Mountain Meadow-sweet, Pink Meadow-sweet and Spiraea Splendens.
Compare to Spiraea douglasii.
“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…)
Also known as False Dandelion.
The flowers of this plant have no petals, only stamens. Distinguishable from true bugbane by its maple-shaped leaves.
The rungs of the “ladder” are the leaflets. This flower is said to have an unpleasant odor. Note the speedwell in the lower left.
Veronicas or Speedwells are unusual in having only 2 quite long stamens (male) and one pistil (female). another photo…
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!!!