Archive for August, 2013

Owl Clover “Orthocarpus imbicatus”

Thursday, August 29th, 2013


Owl Clover “Orthocarpus imbicatus” Snapdragon Family “Scrophulariaceae”.  Annual, Plant 6-12Owl” tall, overlapping bracts are green with rounded pink tips, the small purplish flowers are tucked in behind the bracts.  Midsummer in dry meadows at higher elevations in the Or. Cascades.  Photo:  Cone Peak near Sweet Home, Or. 8/28/2007

Wapato “Sagittaria latifolia”

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013


Wapato “Sagittaria latifolia” Water-Plantain Family  (Alismataceae) Perennial, tuber, plant 12-40″ tall, flowers white and approx 1″ across.  Late summer in swampy areas in Western OR & WA.  The tubers were harvested and eaten by our native populations in the Pacific Northwest.  Upper Photos:  Ridgefield, WA 8/16/2012 and Bottom Photo 8/14/2005

Golden Pholiota “Pholiota aurivella”

Monday, August 26th, 2013

MG_9991-480x345 - Version 2Golden Pholiota “Pholiota aurivella”   Stalk 1.5-6″ tall, Cap yellow and 2-6″ diameter.  Slimy when wet. Veil remnants when young.  Generally found on wood from dead conifers in the Pacific Northwest in the summer and fall.  Photo:  Grizzly Peak near Ashland, OR 9/06/2010
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Thin-leaved Owl Clover “Orthocarpus tenuifoliiuis”

Sunday, August 25th, 2013


Thin-leaved Owl Clover “Orthocarpus tenuifoliiuis” Snap Dragon Family (Scrophulariaceae) Annual, Plant 4-12″ tall, flowers are yellow-white with purple-pink bracts, leaves very narrow. Blooms midsummer in meadows and open woods in Eastern OR & WA. Photo: Zumwalt Prairie in N.E. OR 6/26/2004

Serviceberry “Amelanchier alnifolia”

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

2007-11-16Serviceberry “Amelanchier alnifolia” Rose Family (Rosaceae).  Perennial shrub 5-20′, white flowers an inch in diameter in the spring. The blue edible, somewhat insipid berries were used by the native populations to make pemmican.  Photo: Rowena Crest near Mosier, OR. 4/12/2006

Monkshood “Aconitum columbianum”

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013


Monkshood “Aconitum columbianum”  Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae)  Perennial, plant 3-6′ tall, leaves lobed, flowers with top petal forming a hood and usually blue but also white. Blooms in summer in wet meadows of the mountains of OR & WA.  Aconite has been called “the queen of poisons” and reportedly, it can be absorbed through  the skin from handling the leaves.  Photo:  Near Jubilee Lake in N.E. OR  7/17/2009

Poison Delphinium “Delphinium trolliifolium”

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013


Poison Delphinium “Delphinium trolliifolium”  Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae) Perennial, plant 2-6′ tall, leaves 3-6″ across and segmented, flowers with 5 deep blue sepals and 4 small petals, the lower petals are deep blue and the upper are white.  Blooms in late spring-early summer in moist shady woods in Western OR & WA. Photo:  Mt. Pisgah near Eugene, OR. 4/14/2007

Blue Mountain Prairie-clover “Dalea ornata”

Monday, August 19th, 2013

ornate-dalea Blue Mountain Prairie-clover “Dalea ornata” Pea Family (Fabaceae) , Perennial, plant 1-2′ tall, flowers rose to lavender in a thimble shaped head, calyx with long white hairs. Blooms all summer in dry, gravely soil in Eastern OR and WA.  Photo: Deschuttes River near Sherars Bridge 6/04/2008

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

Inside-out Flower “Vancouveria hexandra”

Thursday, August 15th, 2013


Inside-out Flower “Vancouveria hexandra”  Barberry Family (Berberidaceae), Perennial, plant 8-18″ tall, 3 lobed leaves arising from base, flowers white or cream-colored with petals flared back.  Blooms in early summer in shaded woods of Western OR. & WA. Photo:  Rainier, OR. 5/23/2008