Archive for the ‘Plants-Exotic’ Category

Common Burdock “Arctium minus”

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014


Common Burdock “Arctium minus”  Sunflower Family (Asteraceae”,  Biennial, plant 2-4′ tall with heart shaped leaves up to 15″ long and 12″ wide, flower heads purple to pink, the numerous bracts are narrow with hooked tips.  I knew a little girl that made a crown out of these for the little boy next door.  That didn’t make for good relations with the neighbors.  Blooms in late summer in disturbed soils in Or & Wa.  Nonnative from Europe.  Photo:  Near Rainier, Or. 8/18/2007

Dog Rose “Rosa canine”

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Dog Rose “Rosa canine”  Rose Family (Rosaceae)   Perennial shrub 3 to 9 feet tall,  leaves multiply divided and stems with curved thorns.  Flowers white or pale pink with lobed petals.  Rose hips approx 3/4 inches in diameter.  Non-native ntroduced from Eurasia and common in Southwest Oregon and Eastern OR.  Photo:  Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 5/24/2014


Bachelor’s Button “Centaurea cyanus”

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014


Bachelor’s Button “Centaurea cyanus” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) Annual, plant 1-3′ tall, flowers blue, pink, purple or white and outer disk flowers are quite showy.  Blooms all summer in meadows or disturbed area in grasslands in Western OR & WA and Cascades and N.E. OR & S.E. WA.  Non-native.   Photo: Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA.  4/20/2005

Queen Anne’s Lace “Daucus carota”

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014


Queen Anne’s Lace “Daucus carota” Parsley Family (Apiaceae), Biennial, plant 1-3′ tall, flowers small and white in 3-4″ heads and there are generally one or more purple flowers in the center.  Blooms in late summer in Western OR & WA and in S.E. WA & N.E. OR. on disturbed soil.  This plant is European in origin and it is the parent of our garden carrot.  Photo:  Near Rainier, OR  8/26/2008


Thursday, February 27th, 2014


This is not a garden flower but it is a wild picture.  This is an up close and personal photo of the intimate parts of a clematis flower.  We normally see only the midpoint between the infinitely large and infinitely small. Photo:  Lake Oswego, OR  9/13/2008

Japanese Spider Lily

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013



Japanese Spider Lily “Nerine bowdenii” (variety Fenwick?) Bulb with clusters of beautiful pink flowers on two foot stems blooming in the fall. Native of South Africa and it is hardy in Zone 8 if protected with mulch. Photo: Edmonds, WA near the wharf on the Puget Sound. 11/10/2013




Woodland Forget-me-not “Myosotis sylvatica”

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Woodland Forget-me-not “Myosotis sylvatica”  Borage Family (Boraginaceae) Perennial, plant 1-2′ tall, flowers small and blue (approx. 1/3″) with prominent yellow eye.  Blooms late spring-early summer in moist shady areas in OR & WA.  Non-native from Europe.  Photo: Near Skamokawa. WA.   5/30/2008. forget-me-not

Moth Mullein “Verbascum blattaria”

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Moth Mullein “Verbascum blattaria”  Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae)  Biennial, plant 1 – 4′ tall with basal leaves, flowers white to yellow with purple hairs on the filaments.  Widespread in the Pacific N.W in disturbed soils.  Non-native.  Photo:  Roadside near Carson, WA 8/08 2006

Woolly Mullein “Verbascum thapsus”

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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Woolly Mullein “Verbascum thapsus” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae) Biennial, plant 4-8′ tall, leaves 6-15″ long and woolly, flowers yellow blooming all summer on tall stocks. Grows in disturbed areas throughout OR & WA. Often seen standings sentinel along the highway. Non-native.  Photo:  Near Rainier, OR 7/10/2013


Dalmatian Toadflax “Linaria dalmatica”

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013


Dalmatian Toadflax “Linaria dalmatica” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae) Perennial, plant 2-4′ tall, leaves blue -green and alternate, bright yellow flowers with closed throats and conspicuous spurs.  Blooms in late spring along roadways in disturbed soils in OR and WA.  Non-native and invasive.  Top photo:  Near Prairie City, OR 6/14/2007  Lower photo:  near Catherine Creek, WA in the Columbia River Gorge  4/20/2005