Archive for the ‘Plants-Native’ Category

Clackamas Iris “Iris tenuis”

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015


Clackamas Iris “Iris tenuis” Iris Family (Iridaceae). Perennial, rhizome, plant 8-14″ tall, leaves 1/4 to 3/4″ wide and arranged in a fan, flowers white with a yellow blotch and purple veined.  Blooms in May along the Clackamas River east of Estacada, OR.  Photo: Near Estacada, OR. 5/28/2010

Photo:  Near Estacada, Or. 6/04/2007  © Marvin Kellar

Wood Sorrel “Oxalis oregana”

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Wood Sorrel “Oxalis oregana”.  Cascade Mts. to the Coast, 2-8″ tall ground cover on the forest floor, flowers white to pink.  Kids have always delighted in the sour leaves but oxalic acid in large amounts is toxic.  Photo: Lewis & Clark River near Seaside, OR.  3/17/2007

Oregon Bleeding Heart “Dicentra formosa subspecies oregona”

Thursday, April 16th, 2015


Oregon Bleeding Heart “Dicentra formosa subspecies oregona” Bleeding Heart Family (Fumariaceae) ,  Perennial, Plant 6-18″ tall, leaves in fern like segments, flowers heart shaped and white with tips tinged with rose.  Spring in damp shaded areas in S.W. Or.  Photo:  Near Selma, Or. 4/28/07

Vine Maple “Acer circinatum”

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


Vine Maple “Acer circinatum” Maple Family (Aceraceae).  Perennial, small tree up to 25 feet, leaves have 7-9 lobes and toothed, flowers in clusters of 3-12, petals greenish white with deep red sepals, winged seed (samaras).  Spring flowering, common along streams in Western OR & WA.   Photo:  Rainier, Or. 5/16/2008

Pacific Bleeding Heart “Dicentra formosa”

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


Pacific Bleeding Heart “Dicentra formosa” Bleeding Heart Family (Fumariaceae) ,  Perennial, Plant 6-18″ tall, leaves in fern like segments, flowers heart shaped and pinkish purple.  Spring in damp shaded areas in Western OR & WA.  Photo:  Near Rainier, OR  5/1/2008

Big Leaf Maple “Acer macrophyllum”

Thursday, April 9th, 2015


Big Leaf Maple “Acer macrophyllum”  Maple Family (Aceraceae) Perennial, tree up to a 100′ tall, leaves 5 lobed and as broad as long, 4-12″ wide. flowers yellow-green hanging in clusters,  Spring blooming on dry to moist sites at low to middle elevations in Western OR & WA.  Photo:   Little River near Glide, OR. 4/25/2008

Bitterbrush “Purshia tridentata”

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

2008-04-22Bitterbrush “Purshia tridentata” Rose Family “Rosaceae”.  Perennial, shrub 3-10″ tall, Leaf tips 3 lobed, flowers cream to bright yellow, petals 1/3″ long.  Blooms late spring, sagebrush in Eastern OR & WA.  Excellent browse for deer.  Photo:  Near Maupin, OR. 4/19/2008

Checker Lily “Fritillaria affinis”

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Checker lily “Fritillaria affinis” Lily Family (Liliaceae)  Perennial, plant grows 1-2″ tall, flowers greenish purple and the petals are checkered with yellow, brown and red.  Blooms in the spring in shrubby areas and meadows primarily on the west side of the Cascades.  Photo: Saddle Mountain, just west of Seaside, Or  5/29/2007

Nuttall’s Toothwort “Cardamine nuttallii var. nuttallii”

Monday, March 30th, 2015















Nuttall’s Toothwort “Cardamine nuttallii var. nuttallii” Mustard Family (Brassicaceae). Perennial, plant 4-8″ tall, leaves palmate with 3-5 leaflets, flowers pink to purple and occasionally white, moist forests in early spring from the Cascades to the coast in OR. & WA.  Upper Photo: Rowena Crest, OR. in the Columbia River Gorge 3/24/2008 and Lower Photo:  Near Rainier, OR 3/15/2012


Avalanche Lily “Erythronium montanum”

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Avalanche Lily “Erythronium montanum”. Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, bulbous corm, leaves green (not mottled), blooms just after snowmelt in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains often covering large areas.  Photo: Mt. Rainier, WA. 8/02/2007