Monday, May 30, 2011

Woods Forget-Me-Not, Myosotis sylvatica

Growing along the road near Ainsworth State Park in the Columbia River gorge, this member of the Borage family is not native to the area, but doesn't appear to be taking over.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Devil's Club, Oplopanax horridus

Five years ago I planted Devils' Club seeds harvested from a plant growing in the nearby forest. Two years later, three plants sprouted- one of which is shown below. The picture captures the dual nature of the plant - graceful stems and leaves unfurling and the wicked spines that are found all over the plant.

Here is a nice specimen growing nearby in the forest: