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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 forests  near the coast from Southern Vancouver Island through California. The branched, fuzzy Smith’s fairybell stems arise from … Continue reading

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Boisduval’s Blue

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Boisduval’s blue (Plebejus icarioides) is a butterfly that ranges from British Columbia to Baja and east to the western edge of the Great Plains. It can be found in mountain meadows, forest openings and sagebrush areas, wherever there is a … 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. It  grows in serpentine soils on bluffs and rocky slopes and in dry open forests and meadows at … Continue reading

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Hound’s Tongue

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One common name for Cynoglossum grande is hound’s tongue, because the leaves supposedly resemble the tongue of a dog. Other colloquial names for this native perennial are variations on hound’s tongue (houndstongue, grand hound’s tongue, Pacific hound’s tongue and western hound’s … Continue reading

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