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 with unfurling leaves and wicked spines that are on every surface of the plant.

5-20-2017 update:

5-20-2017 flower close up:

Here is a nice specimen growing nearby in the forest: