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 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.