Archive for July, 2012

Subalpine Mariposa Lily “Calochortus subalpinus”

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012


Subalpine Mariposa Lily “Calochortus subalpinus” Lily Family (Liliacea) Perennial bulb, plant 4-8″ tall, flowers, white and hairy with purple markings. Blooms midsummer in the higher elevations in the Cascade Mts. of OR & WA.  Upper Photo:  Conboy Wildlife Refuge near Glenwood, WA and  Lower Photo: Cone Peak near Sweet Home OR 6/18/2007

Western Starflower “Trientalis latifolia”

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

 Western Starflower “Trientalis latifolia” Primrose Family (Primulaceae). Perennial, 4-8″ tall, small pink star shaped flowers about 1/2″ in diameter. Cascade Mts. to the Coast in OR & WA and Wallowa Mts in N.E. Or.  Upper Photo: Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge near Glenwood, OR 6/29/2012 andLower Photo:  Saddle Mt near Seaside, Or. 5/12/05

Cushion Fleabane “Erigeron poliospermus”

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Cushion Fleabane “Erigeron poliospermus” Aster Family (Asteraceae) Pernnial, plant 3-6″ tall, leaves basal, purple ray flowers surround a disk of yellow flowers.  Blooms early summer in dry rocky areas in Eastern WA & OR.  Photo: Clockum Road near Ellensburg, WA. 7/07/2012

Cascades Penstemon “Penstemon serrulatus”

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Cascade Penstemon “Penstemon serrulatus” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariacea).  Perennial, plant 8-30″ tall, leaves oval to lance-shaped and clasping, flowers blue to bluish-purple,  Blooms in summer in moist areas in N.W. OR and Western WA.  Photo: Chiwaukum Creek Trail near Leavenworth, WA 7/09/2012

Himalayan Blackberry “Rubus procera”

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Himalayan Blackberry “Rubus procera” Rose Family (Rosaceae) Perennial, Plant 3-8′ tall, stem 5 sided, leaves with 3-5 leaflets, thorns many and stout, flowers white to pink clusters, fruit a berry made up of many small black sections.  Blooms early summer in disturbed areas in Western OR and WA.  Photo;  Near Rainier, OR  7/22/2012

Crested Coral Fungus “Clavulina crisata

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Crested Coral Fungus “Clavulina crisata” June to October.  Color: white, Size: Less than 2″ across and  less than 5″ tall.  Photo:  Near Rainier, OR 7/22/2012

Western Blue-Eyed Grass “Sisyrinchium bellum”

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Western Blue-Eyed Grass “Sisyrinchium bellum” Iris Family (Iridaceae) Perennial, plant 8 – 16″ tall, leaves grass like, flowers bluish-purple with yellow center.  Blooms early summer in moist areas in CA and Western OR.  Photo: Point Arena in Northern CA 5/25/2012

Edith’s Checkerspot

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Edith’s Checkerspot “Euphydryas editha”  Wingspan approximately 1.5″.  Checkerspots are difficult to identify and this might be an Anicia Checkerspot instead.  Only the experts can tell for sure and they don’t always agree.  These butterflies were mudding alongside the road near Ellensburg, WA.  Photo: 7/06/2012

Shrubby Penstemon “Penstemon fruticosus”

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Shrubby Penstemon “Penstemon fruticosus” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae)  Perennial, plant 12″ tall, lower stems woody, broad mat 2-3′ wide, flowers blue-purple less than 2″ long.  Blooms summers in the mountains of central and eastern OR & WA. Photo: Near Ellensburg, WA 7/08/2012  

Pipsissewa “Chimaphila umbellata”

Sunday, July 15th, 2012


Pipsissewa “Chimaphila umbellata” Heath Family (Ericaceae).  Perennial plant 4-12″ tall, evergreen leaves leathery with serrated edges, waxy flowers are light pink to rose.  Blooms all summer in wooded areas in OR & WA  Top Photo:  Chiwaukum Creek near Leavenworth, WA 7/09/2012 and Lower Photo:  Cascade Mts. East of Salem, Or.  8/18/2008