Archive for June, 2014
Deltoid Balsamroot “Balsamorhiza deltoidea” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) Perennial, plant 1-3′ tall, many short disk flowers surrounded by 13-21 yellow ray flowers, late spring in meadows West of the Cascades and the Columbia River Gorge. Photo: Rough & Ready near Cave Junction, OR 4/28/07 and Dalles Mountain, WA in the Columbia River Gorge 4/28/2014 (with desert lupine)
Mountain Lady Slipper “Cypripedium montanum” Orchid Family (Orchidacea) Perennial, plant 12-30″ tall, petals are purple and twisted with a white pouch approx 1″ long. Blooms in early summer in the humus of conifer forests in Eastern Or & Wa. I first met this orchid along the Chief Joseph Trail just east of Wallowa Lake, Or. The flowers looked like big white inquiring eyes staring out from under a canopy of firs. Unfortunately, they require specific fungi in the soil to survive and will not prosper in our gardens. They are also designated as rare and protected by statute. Photo: Mt Emily near La Grande, Or 6/13/2014
Blue Clematis “Clematis columbiana” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae). Perennial woody vine that may climb shrubs etc, sepals blue or purple, petals are absent. Blooms in open moist areas in late spring-early summer in Eastern OR & WA. Photo near the Zumwalt Prairie in N.E. OR. 6/13/2014 and 6/8/2005
Northern Mule Ears “Wyethia amplexicaulis Sunflower Family (Asteraceae). Perennial, plant 1-2″ tall, leaves 10-15″ long, flowers approx 3″ in diameter with numerous yellow disk flowers surrounded by golden yellow ray flowers. Blooms in late spring in damp shrub lands in Eastern OR. Photo: Summit Road near La Grande, OR 6/14/2014.