Category Archives: Wildflowers

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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Rockmat

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Leonard and I were first introduced to Petrophytum caespitosum in October while visiting Great Basin National Monument in Nevada as “rock spiraea”. It was growing along the Mountain View Nature Trail.  Hmmm. . . We were familiar with a “rock … Continue reading

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Smooth Willowherb

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Smooth willowherb, smoothstem fireweed and glaucous willowherb are just three of the colloquial names used interchangeably for Epilobium glaberrimum and its two subspecies glaberrimum and fastigatum. In June Leonard and I found specimens between the North and South Elkins Barns … Continue reading

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Dwarf Mountain Groundsel

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When Leonard and I climbed Mount Lassen in August, we saw groundsel plants high on the mountain near the summit. When I tried to identify these plants I wandered into a taxonomic muddle. First I determined that this was Senecio … Continue reading

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Halogeton

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A native of Asia (China, Russia), halogeton (Halogeton glomeratus) is now naturalized throughout the American West and is considered a noxious weed. I read a theory that postulated the Soviet Union dropped halogeton seeds from spy planes onto Western rangelands … Continue reading

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Lemon Balm

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A native of Southern Europe, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has naturalized throughout the world. It can be found in most of North America except through the central part of the continent. Cultivated for ornamental and medicinal purposes, in the wild … Continue reading

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