Category Archives: Wildflowers

Seed Heteromorphism

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In February, while hiking with friends along Abbott’s Lagoon Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore in California, we found some horned searocket (Cakile maritima) plants in bloom. The plants also had siliques – hard, corky, dehiscent fruits found in members … Continue reading

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Bride’s Feathers

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Various preparations made from the roots, leaves or the ashes of burnt bride’s feathers (Aruncus dioicus) were used by many Native Americans for a variety of ailments including blood diseases, smallpox, tuberculosis, bee stings, sores, swelling, bleeding, gonorrhea and as … Continue reading

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Granite Prickly Phlox

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Granite prickly phlox (Linanthus pungens) is a low shrub that grows erect or may be short and spreading, depending on the environment. Under good conditions, the plant can grow up to 3 feet in height, while at higher elevations mat-like … Continue reading

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Scarlet Gilia

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Ipomopsis aggregata is a plant of many names, both scientific and common. A member of the Phlox Family (Polemoniaceae), this extremely variable wildflower is surrounded in taxonomic confusion, much of which has to do with the flower color. It varies … Continue reading

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Woodland Phlox

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Found in Oregon and the Coast Range of Northern California, woodland phlox (Phlox adsurgens) inhabits open, wooded areas and mixed conifer forests between 1,500 and 6,000 feet. Arising from a slender, underground rootstock, this native perennial has a decumbent, creeping … Continue reading

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White Rushlily

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A native perennial, white rushlily (Hastingsia alba) has a limited range. It grows in wet meadows, bogs and rocky seeps with serpentine soils. It can be found in Northern California and Southwestern Oregon between about 1,650 and 7,500 feet. White … Continue reading

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Rock Spiraea

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The plant Leonard and I commonly call rock spiraea is a variety of Holodiscus discolor (oceanspray or cream bush).  As I mentioned in my last post (“Rockmat” on 11-06-19), Petrophytum caespitosum is often also colloquially referred to as rock spiraea. … Continue reading

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