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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wildflower Wednesday -- June 2011

Many of my Pacific Northwest native flowers have finally started blooming.

Dichelostemma ida-maia (from bulbs planted last fall)

This is my first time growing Dichelostemma, it is such an odd flower. Tall and nodding, looking a bit like a firecracker, which is where it gets its common name Firecracker flower.

The pink one has just started flowering as well. It's not quite as tall and gangly as the red.
More PNW natives that are blooming include:

Sedum spathulifolium

 I have a few clumps of this, some are just covered with masses of flowers, others have just a few.

Vancouveria hexandra/Inside out flower

The flowers of this dainty PNW perennial are so tiny, I had no idea how small they were. And it has such interesting leaves, reminiscent of Epimedium, to which it is related.

Aquilegia formosa

Pacific Coast iris

These  started blooming last month just after Wildflower Wednesday, now they are finishing up.

Sisyrinchium californicum/Yellow-Eyed Grass

Like California poppies, these open only when the sun is out.

 Lupinus albicaulis/Sickle-leaf Lupine

 Physocarpus capitatus/Pacific Niebark

I am eagerly looking forward to the Calochortus/Mariposa Lily opening. They have such intriguing twisted buds. I should have bought more of these.

Clarkia concinna/Farewell to Spring, a California annual

Collinsia heterophylla/Chinese Houses, another California annual

I also have quite a few natives/cultivars from natives from other areas of the country.
Heuchera x brizoides 'Pretty Polly', one of the few I have with pink flowers

Dark-leaf Ninebark, possibly Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo' (the tag is here....somewhere)

Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty'

Aruncus dioicus/Goatsbeard

It looks like this year I will have some "smoke" (seedheads actually) on my Geum triflorum/Prairie Smoke. They're not quite open all the way yet.

The Clintonia that I bought earlier this year from Annie's Annuals has really taken off and has been flowering profusely for a while now.

Polemonium reptans/Jacob's Ladder has just started flowering. I saved seeds from this last year and I sowed them in the late winter in my little portable greenhouse, and now I have quite a few seedlings from it. So hopefully next year I'll have lots more of this pretty native perennial around the garden.

Please check out Gail's blog clay and limestone, for more blog posts and pictures of native and sometimes non-native wildflowers.


  1. You have such a lovely selection of wild flowers, Alison, each as beautiful as the others, yet all so very different!

  2. What an amazing assortment! I love them all ... But especially the inside out flower. Maybe just because of it's whimsical name :)

  3. I love your wildflowers, Alison. I've got Sambucus 'Black Lace' and I was surprised when I detected a fragrance emanating from those huge and gorgeous flower clusters. ... I've been unable to keep Prairie Smoke alive. Yours is way cool.

  4. Alison, Gorgeous blooms! I love this opportunity to learn about your Pacific Northwest natives. Aquilegia formosa has the same wonderful coloring that our A canadensis has~I keep trying Prairie Smoke~it's just too wet all winter. gail

  5. You have so many really pretty wildflowers! I love them all. I love that Prairie Smoke flower, I've only seen pictures of it, but if I ever find it for sale I'm buying it!
    Did you see the sun down there today? I'm so tired of gray skies and I was so busy yesterday I didn't get to enjoy our day of sun.

  6. You have an amazing collection of wildflowers! Very impressive.

  7. I love aquilegia. The pic at the top of my blog page was the first time I ever saw any. It was taken in the Blue Ridge mountains. :)

  8. your photos are all lovely as can be. I have never had the pleasure of seeing a white shooting star. I also love that first flower you shared with us.


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