Category Archives: Non-Refuge

6 April 2013 – Long-tailed Ginger

The Long-tailed Ginger (Asarum caudatum Lindl.) is a mat-forming evergreen plant that grow  in moist places on forest floors. It  naturally occurs in two separate regions in the Pacific Northwest. One region is west of the Cascade crest from SW … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – Moss-covered Trees

In the tradition of Western Washington, a larger number of the trees growing in the Bellevue Botanical Garden were covered with moss and lichens. The mild climate and relatively heavy rainfall makes for healthy moss growing conditions. As thick as … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – Western Oakfern

The Western Oakfern (Gymnocarpium dryopteris (L.) Newman), also called the Common Oak Fern or Northern Oak Fern is a fern of the family Polypodiaceae. Its natural range is widespread and circumboreal, occurring throughout Canada, Alaska, the Northern two tiers of … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – Oregon Grape

The Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium (Pursh) Nutt.) is a flowering evergreen shrub in the Barberry Family (Berberidaceae) that is native to Western North America. It can become naturalized outside of its typical range if conditions are acceptable. In some places … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – American Skunk Cabbage

Along the path in the Nature Discovery area of the Bellevue Botanical Garden in the wet areas next to a pond, we spotted some American Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus Hultén & H. St. John). This member of the Arum Family … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – Apple Serviceberry

Near the entrance to the Bellevue Botanical Garden we spotted some Apple  Serviceberry (Amelanchier X grandiflora) in full bloom. I did some research and according to numerous sources, this is a hybrid of between is a cross between Amelanchier arborea … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – Bigleaf Maple

The Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum Pursh) has the largest leaf of any maple in the world, up to 24 inches across. It naturally occurs in the coastal areas from the extreme southern tip of the Alaskan Panhandle to Southern California. … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – Coastal Rhododendron

The Coastal Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum D. Don ex G. Don) is the State Flower of Washington. It is a broadleaf evergreen rhododendron species native to western North America. Its natural range is primarily near the Pacific coast, but its range … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – Red-flowered Currant

Red-flowered Currant – Ribes sanguineum Pursh

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6 April 2013 – Giant White Fawn Lily

I was impressed with the Bellevue Botanic Garden and their effort to capture the native flora. Of all the flowers on display, I think my favorite was the Giant White Fawn Lily – (Erythronium oregonum Applegate). It was definitely the … Continue reading

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5 April 2013 – Common Spring-Gold

  The Common Spring-Gold (Crocidium multicaule Hook.) is a delicate spring blooming annual member of the Aster Family (Asteraceae). It ranges from British Columbia, through Washington and Oregon, to Northern California. (These pictures were taken at the Westbound Ryegrass Rest … Continue reading

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5 April 2013 – Foothill Death Camas

The Foothill Death Camas (Toxicoscordion paniculatum (Nutt.) Rydb. is native to the Western USA from Washington and Montana on the north to California and New Mexico on the south. In Washington, it is found in most counties between the Cascade … Continue reading

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5 April 2013 – Thymeleaf Buckwheat

The Thymeleaf Buckwheat (Eriogonum thymoides Benth.) is a subshrub that is endemic to Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. In Washington, it is found on the eastern slopes of the Cascades and in the Columbia Basin. It is locally common in dry … Continue reading

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5 April 2013 – Carey’s Balsamroot – Balsamorhiza careyana

Carey’s Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza careyana A. Gray) is found on east of the Cascade Mountains in Washington and Oregon. This member of the Aster Family (Asteraceae) is not as widespread as the Arrowleaf Balsamroot, but is common in its more limited … Continue reading

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5 April 2013 – Big Sagebrush – Artemisia tridentata

Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata Nutt.) is an aromatic evergreen shrub from the Aster Family (Asteraceae). It is native to Intermountain West of North America, thriving in arid and semi-arid habitats ranging from cold deserts to dry mountain slopes. It is … Continue reading

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5 April 2013 – Western Tansymustard – Descurainia pinnata

Descurainia pinnata (Walter) Britton is a member of the Mustard Family (Brassicaceae) known as the Western Tansymustard. It is an annual native to North America and is found in every USA state except Alaska, Hawaii, and Alabama as well as … Continue reading

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5 April 2013 – Low Pussytoes – Antennaria dimorpha

The Low Pussytoes (Antennaria dimorpha (Nutt.) Torr. & A. Gray) is a mat-forming low growing perennial  member of the Aster family (Asteraceae) which prefers drier habitats like sagebrush desert and bunchgrass communities. It is native to western North America from … Continue reading

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5 April 2013 – Wingnut Cryptantha – Cryptantha pterocarya

The Wingnut Cryptantha (Cryptantha pterocarya (Torr.) Greene) is a diminutive spring blooming annual of the Forget-me-not Family (Boraginaceae) that is commonly found in uplands and sagebrush deserts in the west from Washington State to Texas, California, and Northern New Mexico. … Continue reading

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5 April 2013 – Showy Phlox – Phlox speciosa

The Showy Phlox (Phlox speciosa Pursh) is found in Western North America from British Columbia to Northern Mexico. It is absent from Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. In Washington State, it is found east of the Cascades in sagebrush, short bunchgrass, … Continue reading

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2 and 5 April 2013 – Wooly-pod Milkvetch – Astragalus purshii

The Wooly-pod Milkvetch (Astragalus purshii Dougl. ex Hook.) is a variable species of the Legume Family (Fabaceae) that ranges throughout much of Western North America with several recognized varieties. Three of the varieties are native to Washington State. Here we … Continue reading

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