Columbine

Columbine

I have wild columbine growing in my garden. Well, it’s wild now. I think the previous owner planted them. They are a blue tinted variety and they spread like weeds. (but they’re prettier) This one was wild and growing in sub-alpine terrain in the Olympic National Park at about 5000 feet.

Yellow Bell (Fritillaria)

Yellow Bell (Fritillaria)

I have mixed feelings about wildflower identification. Some I know well and enjoy and struggle to remember their ‘proper’ names. Others I take photos of and try to identify after the fact by comparing the photos to images in my wildflower guidebooks. Usually that works. But in order to make a definitive ID on some flowers, you have to dissect parts or dig up the roots. I don’t feel like it’s that important for me to make an identification … I’d rather let the plant live.

Blue-eyed Grass (?)

Blue-eyed Grass (?)

Okay, so I think this is Blue-eyed Grass (Idaho Blue-eyed Grass ?). A member of the Iris family … but to me, it looks more like a member of the lily family. I found this over in the pine woods of Lincoln County, WA … in March.

Camas

Camas

Camas Lilies are found in large patches … Lewis and Clark reported finding them so dense in some locations that the prairie resembled blue lakes. The native peoples harvested the bulbs for food.

Oregon Fawn Lily

Oregon Fawn Lilies

I found these at Bloedel Nature Reserve on Bainbridge Island, across Puget Sound from Seattle. I haven’t ever seen them ‘in the wild’ in Washington … but they are very similar to Avalance Lilies and Yellow Faun Lilies, which I’ve seen a lot in the Olympics.

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