Frigid Shooting Star “Dodecatheon austrofrigidum”

April 14th, 2014














Frigid Shooting Star “Dodecatheon austrofrigidum” Primrose Family (Primulaceae). Perennial plant 4-10″ tall, magenta flowers with white ring and black band at base. Blooms in the Spring and grows in mossy areas  on moist basalt slopes in N.W. OR & S.W. WA.   This plant is on the rare and endangered list.   Photo:  Saddle Mt. near Seaside, OR.  5/12/2008

Western Trillium “Trillium ovatum”

April 13th, 2014

Western Trillium - Trillium ovatum, Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perrennial, bulbous rhizome, plant 6-18″ tall, 3 whorled leaves, 3 white petals which turn to pink and then to rose-red with age.  Blooms in early spring in the Cascade Mts to the Coast and in the Blue Mts. in N.E. Or.  Picking trilliums removes all the leaves and this may kill the plant.  This is the “Easter Lily” of my youth and it will always be one of my favorites.  Upper Photo:  Rainier, Or. 3/21/2005  Lower Photo with double petals:  4/07/2012

Giant Purple Trillium “Trillium kurabayashii”

April 10th, 2014

Giant Purple Trillium “Trillium kurabayashii” Lily Family (Liliaceae) Perennial, bulbous rhizome, plant 1-2′ tall, leaves 3 and mottled, flowers with 3 purple petals 2-4″ long. Blooms early spring in moist rich soils near the coast in southwest Oregon.  Photo:  Leach Garden in Portland, OR  4/10/2008.

Small-flowered Trillium “Trillium parviflorum”

April 9th, 2014















Small-flowered Trillium “Trillium parviflorum” Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, bulb, plant 8-12″ tall, mottled leaves fading with age, flowers stems do not rise above the leaves, Found in damp wooded areas of Western WA and the northern half of OR. Plants south of Corvallis, OR are the more robust “Trillium albidum”.  Upper Photo: Ridgefield, WA 4/23/2012 and Lower Photo:  Salem, OR  4/10/2005

Round-leaf Trillium “Trillium petiolatum”

April 8th, 2014

Round-leaf Trillium “Trillium petiolatum” Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, bulbous rhizome, plant 8-24″ tall, flowers without stems, dark purple linear 1.5-2″ petals, blooms in early spring in seasonally damp areas on the edge of forests in N.E. OR and S.E. WA.   Photo:  Near the Zumwalt Prairie in N.E. OR  5/04/2007

Creek Trillium “Pseudotrillium rivale”

April 7th, 2014

Creek Trillium “Pseudotrillium rivale”  formerly “Trillium rivale”, Lily Family (Liliaceae),  Perennial, bulbous rhizome, plant 1.5 to 6″ tall, flowers white and spattered with pink or purple.  Blooms in early spring in moist soils near wooded areas in S.W. Or.  Photo:  Darlingtonia Wayside on Hwy 199 SW of Cave Junction OR 4/18/2010 near Selma, Or.  4/28/2007

Mexican Hedge Nettle “Stachys mexicana”

April 6th, 2014


Mexican Hedge Nettle “Stachys mexicana” Mint Family (Lamiaceae).  Perennial plant 12-40″ tall, light pink to lavender flowers with upper and lower lips and without stalks.  Blooms in early summer in moist woods in the Cascades to the Coast in OR & WA   Photo: near Rainier. OR.  7/25/2007

Tall Bluebells “Mertensia paniculata”

April 4th, 2014


Tall Bluebells “Mertensia paniculata” Borage Family (Boraginaceae).  Perennial plant 2-5′ tall, blue & occasionally pink bell shaped flowers in loose clusters.  Blooms in early summer in the moist meadows of the Cascades, Blue Mts of OR. & the Olympics in WA.   Photo:  Near the Zumwalt Prairie in N.E. OR.  6/7/2005

Alpine Knotweed “Polygonum phytolaccaefolium”

April 2nd, 2014


Alpine Knotweed “Polygonum phytolaccaefolium” Buckwheat Family (Polygonaceae).  Perennial, Plant 2-6′ tall, small white flowers in elongated clusters.  Blooms all summer in moist meadows in the Cascade and Blue Mts.,  Photo:  Cone Peak, West of Sweet Home, OR.  7/16/2008

Night Hawk “Chordeiles minor”

March 31st, 2014


Common Nighthawk “Chordeiles minor”,  These birds are widespread throughout the U.S.and are often seen flying in the evening while catching insects.  Unlike most of the other birds, nighthawks perch parallel to the limbs or wires.  Length 9″, wingspan 24″.  Photo:  Malheur Bird Refuge near Burns, OR. 7/3/2008