Saturday, May 24, 2014

Foamflower, Tiarella trifoliata

This native perennial is abundant along the banks of the creek next to our house; I look forward to seeing them come up each Spring and then flowering in late May.

Smooth Alumroot, Heuchera glabra

Another resident of Lucia Falls County Park in SW Washington, this plant was used by native people on cuts to stop bleeding and promote healing.

Cow-Parsnip, Heracleum lanatum

This large plant was found growing near the bank of the East Fork of the Lewis River in Lucia Falls County Park in SW Washington.  It is probably best to not touch this plant as it can cause skin damage, especially to light-sensitive individuals.

Flower closeup:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Clasping Twistedstalk, Streptopus amplexifolius

This member of the Lily family was found growing in a heavily wooded, moist area in Moulton Falls County Park in SW Washington.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Star-Flowered False Solomon's Seal, Smilacina stellata

Similar leaves  but totally different flowers compared to  False Solomon's Seal.  This specimen was found growing in Moulton Falls County Park in SW Washington.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Common Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna

Rain showers cut the photo session short, but this picture gives an idea of the flowers covering this small tree.  Common Hawthorn is an introduced tree that has naturalized in the Pacific Northwest- in King County, WA, it is considered a Weed of Concern.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Red-Flowering Currant, Ribes sanguineum

Hummingbirds enjoy these native flowers that later in the season result in edible berries.