Monday, August 31, 2009

Pacific Ninebark, Physocarpus capitatus

This native, deciduous bush has multi-layered bark and attractive flowers.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa

Yellow flowers give way to tart blue berries. Shredded stems and roots have been used to make a yellow dye for staining baskets.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Lesser Snapdragon, Antirrhinum orontium

Found this member of the Figwort family residing in my vegetable garden. Side view of the flower:

Flower head-on:

This view is looking down into a seed pod, where the yet to be dispersed seeds can be seen. I think this picture gives an idea why this plant is also called "Weasel's snout"

Friday, August 7, 2009

Big-Leaved Sandwort, Moehringia macrophylla

This native perennial grows from rhizomes and is common throughout the NorthWest.