Monday, August 9, 2010

Olympic Mt. Wildflowers

Campanula rotundifolia (Pipers Harebell, Bluebells of Scotland), on a misty ridge between Hurricane Hill and the Elwah Trail, at about 6,000 ft. elevation, nodding on slender stalks weighted with rain.  They do seem as though they could be ringing, but so finely we couldn't hear.

The Nootka Rose, rosa nootkana, nestled amongst fir needles.  If you meet her, do stop to enjoy her fragrance, which is rose squared, just as the wild strawberry is sweeter and more intense, so is the Nootka Rose.

Orthocarpus imbricatus, or "owl's clover" is closely related to the paintbrush family, having a similar 5-fold symmetry, but woody stems.  In the Olympics, it can be found on well drained slopes, growing in loose volcanic soil, in colonies no higher than 6 inches. 

And now the charismatic lilies of the high alpine meadows, erythonium montanum, the Avalanche Lily, which springs up at the edge of the retreating snowfield, and

Erythonium grandiflorum, the glacier lily.  If you confuse them, because they are neighbors and both lilies, remember "avalanche, blanche, glacier, gold."  That should help. 

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