Hendricks Park News: February, 2024

Hendricks Park News: February, 2024

For several days in mid-January, 2024, Eugene was brought to a near stand still as freezing rain followed by freezing temperatures paralyzed the city and wreaked havoc on trees and power lines. Damage in Hendricks Park was limited primarily to the forested-areas of...
What’s Bloomin’: December, 2023

What’s Bloomin’: December, 2023

Mahonia “Charity” Oregon grape is Mahonia acquifolia, which blooms in the spring and is native to Oregon. On the other hand, Mahonia charity is a winter-flowering plant, starting its show in late fall and lasting through February. Mahonia charity is a...
Wildflower of the Month: November, 2023

Wildflower of the Month: November, 2023

Gaillardia Blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata) is an exceptionally long-blooming perennial. Gaillardia can be almost any shade of yellow, orange, red, purplish, brown, or white; they are often bicolored.  The example above was spotted in the Native Plant Garden of...
What’s Bloomin’: October 2023

What’s Bloomin’: October 2023

Colchicum The crocus is seen as a harbinger of spring, so why do these flowers appear in the fall? In fact, they are not a type of crocus, but are colchicums. Colchicum is a genus of perennial flowering plants that are varied and widespread, with about 160 species...
Wildflower of the Month: June, 2023

Wildflower of the Month: June, 2023

Checkermallow (Sidalcea species) While there are varieties that make their homes along the coast and on each side of the Cascades, several species of checkermallow occur in the Willamette Valley. All have similar spires of whitish pink to deep pink flowers that appear...