Category Archives: Wildflowers

Smith’s Fairybell

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Smith’s fairybell (Prosartes smithii) is a perennial native belonging to the Lily Family. It occurs in redwood forests and other moist, shady forestsĀ  near the coast from Southern Vancouver Island through California. The branched, fuzzy Smith’s fairybell stems arise from … Continue reading

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Shasta Snow Wreath

In my last post (05-14-18 “Hidden in Plain Sight”) I introduced a shrub that was only “discovered”, described and named in 1992. As of 2017 there were only 33 known populations of Shasta snow wreath (Neviusia cliftonii), all located in … Continue reading

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Hiding in Plain Sight

In 1992 Leonard and I were excited by reports that a new species in the Rose Family was discovered on a limestone deposit in a canyon along CA Highway 299 near Ingot CA, which is not too distant from our … Continue reading

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Tolmie’s Pussy Ears

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Dr. William Fraser Tolmie (1812 – 1886) discovered and named Calochortus tolmiei, commonly known as Tolmie’s pussy ears or Tolmie star tulip. Dr. Tolmie was born in Scotland and ended up with the Hudson Bay Company in the Pacific Northwest. … Continue reading

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Indian Rhubarb

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  It is difficult to believe that the lovely pink flowers of Indian rhubarb (Darmera peltata) grow directly from the thick mass of fleshy, dark rhizomes pictured in my previous post (“Alien” Wildflower on 04-30-2018). Each Indian rhubarb leaf arises … Continue reading

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“Alien” Wildflower

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Hiking along Squaw Valley Creek Trail near McCloud CA (Siskiyou County) in April, Leonard and I noticed some beautiful pink flowers next to the water at the base of a steep slope. We climbed down and found a plant that … Continue reading

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Purple Sanicle

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A member of the Parsley Family, purple sanicle (Sanicula bipinnatifida) is a native perennial found in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California. ItĀ  grows in serpentine soils on bluffs and rocky slopes and in dry open forests and meadows at … Continue reading

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