We found this version of Jacob’s Ladder in the stark, rocky, alpine zone of Marmot Pass at the eastern edge of the Olympic Mountains, along with phlox, cutleaf fleabane (see third photo), and moss campion. (more…)
Nearly twenty species of saxifraga occur in the pacific northwest, and up until now, we’ve only posted three! (more…)
These pretty daisies were among many flowers blooming on Marmot Pass during our July visit. (more…)
Last July we found a single specimen (above) of this uncommon primrose peeking out from among the rocks near Royal Lake Campground. One year later, and a few miles west, (more…)
Upper Royal Basin Trail, Olympic NP, 7/2016.
These classic cushion shaped plants dot the open, gravelly, mountain tops of the Pacific Northwest. (more…)
These paired, delicate, trumpet-shaped flowers are a personal favorite of ours as well as Swedish scientist Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), father of modern plant and animal nomenclature (he developed the binomial system of using two Latin names to designate the genus and species) for whom they are named. Linnaeus was so taken with the flowers, he incorporated them into his family crest.
The runners of this trailing evergreen cover the forest floor, and are often found growing from decomposing logs and moss-covered stumps. Kootenay Indians made tea from its leaves.
Indians and early settlers used this plant to relieve rheumatism and skin irritations. (more…)