Blue-eyed Grass

Wildflowers
of
Mount Shasta

July 2009

Mount Shasta, California

Wild Rose

 

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They say that April showers bring May flowers...this is definitely true for Mount Shasta! The months of May, June and July have delivered an endless supply of wildflowers: large and small, abundant and rare, in meadows and forests. Some last a day, others a week, a few last for months!

Here is a sampling of the many blossoms that have made their appearance so far. If you know the name of an unidentified flower, please let me know!

Thank you to wildflower expert Karen Phillips of Grants Pass, Oregon for her help with identification!

 

Early bloomers:

Western Showy Phlox

Pussy Paws

Pussy Paw close-up

 

Mahala Mat (Squaw Carpet)

W ild Strawberry

Common White Butterfly and Wild Strawberry

 

There are so MANY white ones...

Star Solomon's Seal

Unknown

Pacific Star Flower

 

European Corn-Salad(?)

Newberry' s Cinquefoil(?)

Miner's Lettuce

 

Chickweed (Star)

Star of Bethlehem

Cryptantha

 

Purdy's Iris

Common Yarrow

Washington Lily

 

Bindweed

English Plantain

White Sweet Clover

 

Barestem Buckwheat

Cow Parsnip

 

Including many different kinds of daisies....

 

Lots of yellow:

Common Monkeyflower

Common Woolly Sunflower

Potentilla (Cinquefoil)

 

Camissonia

Mustard

Slender Hareleaf?

 

Mountain Violet

Bird's Foot Trefoil

Cinquefoil

 

Buttercup

A field of buttercups!

 

Wild Mustard

California Poppy

California Poppies

 

Coreopsis

Slender Hareleaf

Hypericum (St. John's Wort)

 

European Hawkweed

Spatterdock (Yellow Pond-lily)

Spatterdock

 

Dandelions are in abundance!

Dandelion and Bee!

 

Beautiful pinks:

Mallow

Pacific Bleeding Heart

Desert Deervetch

 

Rock Rose

Rose Campion

 

Lovely violets, purples and blues:

Alfalfa

Lobb's Fiddleleaf

Blue Flax

Blue Dicks (Common Brodiaea)

 

Johnny Jump-Up

Polygala

Vinca (Myrtle, Periwinkle)

 

Clarkia

Hairy Vetch

Self-heal (Heal All)

Mallow

 

Unidentified Grass

Beardtongue (Penstemon)

Chicory

 

Bull Thistle

Unknown

 

Unknown

Cascade Lily (purple flowered Washington Lily)

 

Orange and red are richly represented:

Orange Larkspur

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Warrior

 

Scarlet Gilia

Orange Honeysuckle

Red Sorrel

 

Red Columbine

Shasta Lily

Shasta Lilies

 

Large-Flowered Collomia

Blanket Flower

 

Some have stripes:

Cheeseweed/Buttonweed

White Brodiaea

Mountain Dogbane

Mountain Pretty Face

 

Some are exotic:

Yellow Salsify (Goat's Beard)

Mountain Navarretia

 

Diamond Fairyfan (Forest Clarkia)

Cat's Ear

 

Teasel

Meadow Knapweed 

 

They come in different shades:

Corn Flower (Bachelor's Button)

 

Ground Ivy

 

Clover

Red Clover

White Clover

Clover with Ant!

 

Lupine and Sweet Peas

Lupine

Lupine

Sweet Peas

 

Some are tall:

False Solomon's Seal

Varied-leaf Phacelia

Corn Lily

 

Yellow Glandweed (Evening Primrose)

Common Mullein and Yellow Glandweed

Phacelia

 

Rush Lily

Spirea

These two Hawkweed plants are over 6 feet high!

 

Some are small:

Narrow Leaved Vetch

Johnny Jump-Up and Storksbill

American Speedwell

 

Epilobium

Vetch

 

Some live together...

Ground Ivy, Dandelion, Narrow Leaved Vetch, Field Chickweed

Lupine, Indian Paintbrush

 

Bird's Foot Trefoil, Red Clover, Common Yarrow

Lupine and Forsythia (or Scotch Broom?)

 

Others prefer their own company....

Albino Asparagus?

No, Phantom Orchid!

 

If you look closely, you might see the sun...

Sneezeweed

Fleabane

 

And stars!

Horkelia (or Ivesia)

(Cinquefoil minus petals!)

 

Sandwort

Giant Yellow Flower (Blazing Star)

 

In early June the meadow was full of color:

 

 

It was especially beautiful with Mount Shasta in the background!

Hope you enjoyed our wildflowers! Happy Summer!

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© 2009 Susan B. Hunt