Category Archives: Wildflowers

2019 Spring Wildflowers

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Spring is very late this year. Leonard and I are happy to finally be finding the earliest wildflowers beginning to bloom. I seem to be genetically hard-wired to photograph every species I find, even if I already have “hundreds” of … Continue reading

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Annual Polemonium

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Annual polemonium (Polemonium micranthum) is an annual native growing in vernally moist to dry disturbed areas, often in association with sagebrush (Artemesia sp). It can be found between approximately 1,000 to 4,500 feet in British Columbia and the Western States … Continue reading

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Desert Sage

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Most people have heard of purple sage. Even as a native Pennsylvanian, I read Zane Grey’s Riders of the Purple Sage in my youth. However, when I first encountered Salvia dorrii, it was introduced to me as desert sage. I … Continue reading

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Beach Knotweed

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Beach knotweed (Polygonum paronychia) is a native perennial found at low elevations amid the coastal dunes and sandy beaches along the Pacific coastline. These specimens were growing at Crissy Field State Recreation Site near Brookings OR in late October. The … Continue reading

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Fringed Twinevine

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Fringed twinevine (Funastrum cynanchoides) was previously included in the Milkweed Family but is now considered a member of the Dogbane Family (Apocynaceae). Funastrum cynanchoides currently has a confused taxonomy with some researchers believing it should be separated into two subspecies … Continue reading

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Scouler’s Valerian

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Scouler’s valerian (Valeriana scouleri) resembles Sitka valerian (Valeriana sitchensis) so closely that it is often considered a subspecies (Valeriana sitchensis ssp scouleri) of Sitka valerian. I discussed Sitka valerian in a post late last year (see “Sitka Valerian” from 11-27-2018) … Continue reading

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Common Hareleaf

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Common hareleaf (Lagophylla ramossissma) is a native annual found in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Utah. Its habitat encompasses grasslands, scrub openings, woodlands and forests, particularly dry areas. The yellow flowers, and plant itself, are often difficult to … Continue reading

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