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Yellow Rattle

They have always been the romantic idyll of summer, evoking visions of blanket picnic lunches in the sun or maybe under the shade of a mature tree, beautifully marked butterflies erratically making there way to a destination, the sun casting a glow on all the flower colors dotted throughout with grasses swaying gently in a warm summer zephyr, causing that soothing rustling sound that makes you feel like time is standing still. 499 more words


Camas are Blooming

Heiko Koester says, “The plant you saw was either Camassia leichtlinii or Camassia quamash.  If it was knee-high or taller it was probably the former, if shorter probably the latter.  111 more words


Death Camus

As its name suggests, death camus (Zygadenus venenosus) is poisonous. All parts of this native perennial plant, including the seeds, contain an alkaloid (zygacine is believed to be the primary toxic compound) that causes foaming at the mouth, vomiting, lowered body temperature, difficulty breathing, coma and death if ingested. 447 more words

Nature Photography


Camassias are grown in the UK for their flowers, which are large and showy and either cup or star-shaped. Their colours are blue, purple or white. 17 more words


What's That Blooming?

Does this flower look familiar? You may have seen it blooming in lightly shaded forest or moist meadows during Spring in and around Corvallis. It is a type of lily,  is readily available in the wild, and also makes a great addition to your native landscape at home. 207 more words

Willamette Valley

wild lilies on Francis Point

We were away in Ottawa over the Easter weekend so we didn’t walk out to Francis Point to see if the white fawn lilies were blooming, the lilies I grew up knowing as Easter lilies for their habit of coming into flower at that particular time. 247 more words