Archive for January, 2013

Hooker’s Fairy Bell “Prosartes hookeri”

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013


Hooker’s Fairy Bell “Prosartes hookeri” Lily Family (Liliacea). Perennial, plant 1-3 ft tall, flowers 1/2 to 3/4″ long with creamy white bells, berries scarlet, blooms early summer from the Cascade Mts to the coast in OR & WA.  Photo: Cone Peak near Sweet Home, OR.  6/04/2007

Fairy Lantern “Prosartes smithii”

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013


Fairy Lantern “Prosartes smithii”. Lily Family (Liliacea). Perennial, plant 1-3 ft tall, flowers 0.5-1″ creamy white bells, berries yellow to orange, blooms in early summer in moist woods from the Cascades to the coast in OR & WA.  Photo: Saddle Mt. near Seaside, OR. 5/13/2005

Yellow Columbine “Aquilegia flavescens”

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Golden Columbine “Aquilegia flavescens” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae). Perinneal, plant 10-30″ tall, flowers cream to yellow.  Blooms in summer in alpine & subalpine areas in N.E. OR and N.E. WA. Hybridizes with Red Columbine “Aquilegia formosa” in areas where the species overlap.  Photo:  South of Lostine, Or. in N.E OR 6/28/2004  © Marvin Kellar

Red Columbine “Aquilegia formosa”

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Red Columbine “Aquilegia formosa” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae). Perennial, plant 1-4′ tall, flowers orange-red with “yellow skirts”. Blooms spring & summer in moist shaded areas throughout the N.W. Top Photo: Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge near Mt Adams, WA 6/29/2012 & Lower Photo:  Mt Emily  near La Grande, OR  7/17/2009

Gentner’s Fritillary “Fritillaria gentneri”

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013


Gentner’s Fritillary “Fritillaria gentneri” Lily family (Liliaceae). Perennial bulb, plant 1 -2.5′ tall, leaves in whorls and alternate on the upper stem, flowers bell only slightly recurved. Blooms in mid spring in dry woods and shrubs in the Siskiyous of S.W. Oregon. Thought to be a natural occurring cross between Fritillaria recurva” and “Fritillaria affinis and is listed as a rare and endangered plant. Photo: Jacksonville, OR.   4/28/2010

Checker Lily “Fritillaria affinis”

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013


Checker Lily “Fritillaria affinis” Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perennial, scaly bulb, plant up to 3′ tall, leaves lance shaped with pointed tips, bell shaped flowers yellow and checked with brown, red and purple. Blooms mid-spring in Western Or. & Wa. (This photo might be of a cross between “Fritillaria affinis” & “Fritillaria glauca”?)  Photo: Rough & Ready Wayside near Cave Junction, Or. 4/13/2005

Siskiyou Fritillary “Fritillaria glauca”

Monday, January 21st, 2013


Siskiyou Fritillary “Fritillaria glauca” Lilly Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, scaly bulb, leaves 2-4, bluish-white & tulip-like, flowers yellow with brown or red markings.  Blooms in early spring in the gravelly, serpentine soils in the Siskiyous of S.W. OR.    Photo:  Rough & Ready Wayside near Cave Junction, OR. 4/13/2007

Red Bells “Fritillaria recurva”

Sunday, January 20th, 2013


Red Bells “Fritillaria recurva” Lily Family “Liliaceae”,  Perennial bulb, Plant 1-3′ tall, leaves in whorls and alternate on the upper stem, flowers bell shaped with recurved scarlet petals.  Mid Spring in dry woods & shrubs in S.W. OR.  Photo:  Upper Table Rock near Medford, OR.  4/25/2008

Yellow Bells “Fritillaria pudica”

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Yellow Bells “Fritillaria pudica” Lily Family (Liliaceae)  Perennial, small scaly bulbs, plant 4-10″ tall, bright clear yellow flowers turn orange to dull red as they age.  Blooms in early spring in moist areas that dry up in summer in the Cascade Mts and Eastward in OR & WA and the Siskiyous in S.W. OR  Photo:  Zumwalt Prairie in N.E. OR.  4/28/2006

Silver Falls

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Silver Creek plunges about 100 feet over a distinctive bulbous cliff and the falling water makes me think of ladies tresses.  Golden Falls is accessible from the same parking lot and it is also about 100 foot drop.  They are located 23 miles east of Coos Bay just past (9 miles) the community of Allegany, OR.   Photo:  4/20/2010