Ferns remind of home – the Pacific Northwest. The Bracken Fern, scientifically known as Pteridium aquilinum, is definitely in abundance around our house.
Pacific NW Plants: Foxglove
Foxgloves are my cue that summer is here. Typically they bloom from mid June until the beginning of August. They are bright & beautiful.
Pacific NW Plants: Red Flowering Currant
Oh, the Red Flowering Currant! It is one of my favorites.
Pacific NW Plants: Columbia Lily
One of my favorite summer flowers around our house is the Lilium columbianum, or Columbia Lily. It is quite exotic looking compared to other Pacific Northwest plants. This lily is native to North America and grows in open woodlands of the west. It is also known as the Tiger Lily or Oregon Lily.
Pacific NW Plants: Indian Plum
Indian Plum, also known as Oso Berry, is part of the rose family. Scientifically it’s known as Oemleria cerasiformis. I am highlighting this plant because it is always a joy to see its flowers. They are one of the earliest shrubs around our house to bloom. Surely a sign that the loomy, gloomy winter is behind us. However, this year it’s still raining… a lot.
Pacific NW Plants: Western Trillium
One of my favorite spring plants is the Western Trillium, or Trillium ovatum. It is lovely with its showy white flower against the greens and browns of the forest floor.
Pacific NW Plants: Pacific Bleeding Heart
The plant I’m highlighting for February is the Pacific Bleeding Heart, also referred to as Western Bleeding Heart. I love the delicate look to this hardy perennial. I’m also a sucker for most things purple. It is one of my favorite spring flowers.
Pacific NW Plants: Canada Thistle
One of the great things about living where we do is we get to enjoy nature’s beauty every day. There are many plants growing wild I’d like to learn more about. In an attempt to do that, I’m going to pick a plant each month in 2017 and write a post about it.