Archive for January, 2014

Douglas’ Monkey Flower “Mimulus douglasii”

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Douglas’ Monkey Flower “Mimulus douglasii” Figwort Family (Scrophulariaceae). Annual, 1-4 inches tall and so dark and small that it is easily overlooked. Siskiyou Mtns. S.W. OR. Similar to the Dwarf Monkey Flower “Mimulus nana” which grows in N.E. OR. The main difference is that douglasiia has a “weak chin”. Both grow in serpentine soil (dark greenish rocks high in magnesium and low in sodium and potassium) extruded up from the ocean floor eons ago.  Photo: Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside, S.W. of Cave Junction on Hwy 199  4/28/ 2007


Waldo Rock Cress “Arabis aculeolata”

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Waldo Rock Cress “Arabis aculeolata” Mustard Family (Brassicaceae). Perennial, plant 8-15″ tall, leaves are in basal rosettes, flowers bright pink to rose. Grows only in the serpentine soils of the Siskiyou Mts. near the OR-CA border and it is listed as rare.  Photo: Rough & Ready Creek near Cave Junction, OR. 4/13/2005

Elephant’s Head Lousewort “Pedicularis groenlandica”

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Elephant’s Head Lousewort “Pedicularis groenlandica”.  The flowers are said to look like elephant heads.  Wet alpine and subalpine meadows and 8-32″ tall with fernlike leaves.  Photo:  Strawberry Mt. near John Day, OR.  7/01/2004

Oregon Sunshine “Eriophyllum lanatum”

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


Oregon Sunshine “Eriophyllum lanatum” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) annual or perennial, plant 1-3′ tall, leaves white woolly, flowers, 8-13 yellow ray flowers and disk flowers.  Spring & Summer, meadows and shrubby areas, widespread in OR & WA.  Photo:  Cone Peak near Sweet Home, OR.  6/04/2007

Magenta Paintbrush “Castilleja parviflora”

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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Magenta Paintbrush “Castilleja parviflora” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae).  Perennial, plant 6-18″ tall, green to yellow tubular flowers hidden among magenta to rose colored bracts.  Blooms in midsummer in alpine meadows in the Cascades of OR. and WA. and in the Olympic Mts.  Photo:  Mt. Rainier, WA. 6/14/2007

Barrett’s Penstemon “Penstemon barrettiae”

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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Barrett’s Penstemon “Penstemon barrettiae” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae). Perennial, plant 8-15″ tall, flowers rose to lilac and 1-1.5″ long.  Blooms in late spring in rocky locations in the Columbia River Gorge.  Photo:  Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA. 4/20/2005

Canada Goose “Branta canadensis”

Monday, January 20th, 2014


Canada Goose “Branta canadensis” Length 24-45″, wingspan 43-60″ and weight 3.5 to 9.8 lbs.  Goslings passing in review in the Columbia River.  Photo:  Rainier, OR.  6/11/2009

Bluff Mallow “Sidalcea hirtipes”

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

2007-11-19Bluff Mallow “Sidalcea hirtipes” Mallow Family (Malvaceae).  Perennial, plants are 2-3″ tall, the rose-purple petals are 3/4″ long.  Listed as rare in OR and threatened in WA.  Grows on grassy bluff near the ocean in N.W. OR and S.W. WA.  Photo:  Saddle Mt. near Seaside, OR 5/13/2005

Hooker’s Fairy Bell “Prosartes hookeri”

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Hooker’s Fairy Bell “Prosartes hookeri”.  Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perennial, rhizome, plant 1-3 ft tall, flowers 1/2″ long creamy white bells, producing yellow to red berries.  Cascades Mts. to the Coast and in the Wallowas of N.E. OR. Notice the reproductive parts of the flower extend beyond the petals.  Photo: Saddle Mt. near Seaside, OR. 5/13/2005


Red Columbine “Aquilegia formosa”

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Red Columbine “Aquilegia formosa” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae). Perennial, plants 1-4″ tall, orange-red flowers with “yellow skirts”.  Wide-spread in the Pacific Northwest.  Hummingbirds and butterflys favor these brightly colored plants.  Photo:  Zumwalt Prairie near Joseph, OR.  6/08/2005