Aster is Greek for “star”. Fields of these mixed with purple Thistles (Cirsium edule) graced our hike up Mt. Ellinor this summer, where the flowers, not the views (hidden by fog), were the main event.(more…)
A long car ride followed by a steep and crowded trail were suddenly made worthwhile when we spotted these endemic bellflowers growing in-between the rocks (more…)
We often see these spikes of cream-colored bells on rocky peaks and ridges. (more…)
If ever one needs a reminder that flowers exist to attract pollinators rather than for human enjoyment, look no further than the homely sawwort. (more…)
This is the most common of the 3 twisted-stalks in our region. (more…)
The common name “mistmaiden” is surely appropriate for these delightful flowers. (more…)
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…)
All Lupines share the easily identifiable palmate leaf. Particular lupine species are notoriously difficult to identify. (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…)
This plant likes the same marshy meadows that mosquitoes love, and it’s rare to see it without hearing their annoying buzz. The Latin would have one believe that it is prevalent in Greenland.