Category Archives: Wildflowers

Pacific Rhododendron

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The genus Rhododendron contains over 800 tree and shrub species worldwide. Of these, 21 are native to North America and 2 are native to California. In my last post, “Western Azalea” on 09-28-18, I discussed a Rhododendron native to California. … Continue reading

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Western Azalea

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Western azalea (Rhododendron occidentale) is an erect, multi-stemmed, loosely branched shrub that grows up to 10 feet in height. A native member of the Heath Family, western azalea grows in the moist coniferous forests of California and Oregon up to … Continue reading

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Bull Elephants Head

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Leonard and I often plan hikes around specific wildflowers or some other natural history topic. As often as not we do not find our “quest”, but there is always something interesting. Bull elephants head (Pedicularis groenlandica) was our objective on … Continue reading

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Beach Silvertop

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Beach silvertop (Glehnia littoralis) has an interesting distribution.¬† This member of the Carrot Family is found in Alaska, British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington. It also occurs along the North Pacific Coast of Asia. Its habitat is coastal beaches and … Continue reading

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Narrow-leaved Wirelettuce

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Narrow-leafed wirelettuce (Stephanomeria tenuifolia) is also commonly called¬† narrowleaf wirelettuce, slender wirelettuce and narrow-leaved skeletonweed. These specimens were growing along Modoc County Road 10 just outside of the Lava Beds National Monument boundary (Siskiyou County CA) in July. A native … Continue reading

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Dwarf Chamaesaracha

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Dwarf chamaesaracha (Chamaesaracha nana) has “uncommon abundant” distribution. (That is an oxymoron.) It is an uncommon plant, however, in the places where it does occur, dwarf chamaesaracha is abundant. This native perennial, a member of the Nightshade Family, is found … Continue reading

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Bog Laurel

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Kalmia polifolia has many common names: bog laurel, swamp laurel, bog kalmia, mountain laurel and alpine laurel, among others. I always called this native shrub (also often listed as a wildflower) bog laurel and will continue to do so. Additionally, … Continue reading

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