Wildflower of the Month: July, 2022

Wildflower of the Month: July, 2022

Farewell-to-Spring Farewell-to-spring (Clarkia amoena) is native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay. It is a common meadow annual that blooms in early to midsummer, bearing cup-shaped,...
Wildflower of the Month: June, 2022

Wildflower of the Month: June, 2022

Western columbine (Aquilegia formosa) Western columbine is a common perennial wildflower in Western North America, frequenting oak woodlands, moist meadows and seeps.  It is a member of the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae.  The flower color is striking with both red...
Wildflower of the Month:  April, 2022

Wildflower of the Month: April, 2022

Oregon Grape Berberis aquifolium Tall Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium) is the state flower of Oregon. It is also known by its former genus name Mahonia. Its brilliant yellow blooms in spring serve as a valuable nectar source for bees and other insect pollinators....
Wildflower of the Month: March, 2022

Wildflower of the Month: March, 2022

Fawn Lily Fawn lilies (Erythronium spp.) are among our most beautiful spring wildflowers. There is a variety of species, mostly found in North America with several in Oregon. The cream-colored Oregon fawn lily (E. oregonum, shown here) is the most common species in...
Wildflower of the Month: February, 2022

Wildflower of the Month: February, 2022

Osoberry (Oemleria cerasiformis)  Osoberry is one of the very first native plants to bloom in the new year, producing tassels of small, greenish white flowers as early as late January. As such, it is an important early season nectar source for hummingbirds,...
Wildflower of the Month: Early Fall, 2021

Wildflower of the Month: Early Fall, 2021

Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis)  Coyote Brush is a deer-resistant, drought-tolerant, medium-sized shrub that blooms at a useful time of year, providing a nectar source for skipper butterflies and other native insects in the fall. Although it is more common at the...