Wenatchee Mountains


 
Lewisia tweedyi
Endemic
Restricted to the Wenatchee and Entiat Mountains, growing in local canyons at 1200ft/400m, open forests, to bare mountain tops at 1900m/6000ft.  Flowering in late spring, May-June.

Douglasia nivalis
Flowers earlier than most other species, May-June.  Out of flower, its glaucous succulent leaves  have the character of a sedum.  A member of the Primula family.  Wenatchee Mountains and the east side of the North Cascades.

Phacelia sericea
Silkly sericea grows in the open screes and broken rocks of the high alpine.  Cascades, Olympics, Wenatchees, both east and west sides but never at lower elevations.

Eriogonum douglasii
More commonly found in the arid scablands of Washington's Columbia Basin, this Eriogonum can also be found growing at 6000ft/1900m in the Wenatchee Mountains.  Carmine flower buds open into cream-colored balls.

Valeriana columbiana
Endemic
Found growing only in the Wenatchee Mountains often on the edge of trees and open areas.  White flowers, honey-colored throats, red stems, hairy leaves.  The flowers have no scent.  May/June.

Penstemon pruinosis
Glaucus leaves, somewhat serrated, the flower stems upright, the flowers an intense blue.  June/July.

Eriogonum ovalifolium var. nivalis
The alpine buckwheat has felt-like leaves, its flowers held out horizontally low to the ground.  Wenatchee Mountains, east Cascades, east Olympics.

Castilleja thompsonii
A paintbrush of arid areas, including at high elevations of the Wenatchee Mountains and east Cascades.

Ivesia gordonii
An odd member of the rose family.  If not flowering, the leaves might suggest a fern.

Clematis columbiana
This clematis sprawls instead of climbs.  Flowers blue, sometimes pink.  Open forest at higher elevations, Wenatchee Mountains and east Cascades.

Claytonia megarhiza var. nivalis
Endemic
Fleshy, paddle-shaped leaves, pink flowers.  Seems to be confined to serpentine soils.

Polystichum lemmonii
A full size fern.  Also confined to areas of serpentine soil.

Lewisia rediviva var. minor
A small-flowered form of bitterroot, each flower the size of a nickel.  The usual form is the size of silver dollars.
The typical large flowered form, nearly stemless flowers.  Scablands of Washington and into the mountains of the Wenatchees and Cascades.

Anemone nuttaliana
Also known as Pulsatilla patens.  A species of the Rockies and Midwest, blooms in late spring.  The remnant populations in Washington State are confined to the Wenatchee Mountains.  Rare in state.

Campanula parryi
Another Rocky Mountains species that also appears in the Wenatchee Mountains of central Washington.  4in/10cm.

Cypripedium montanum
The Mountain Lady Slipper orchids are found on the east side of the Cascades in dry forests at middle elevations.  Two or three marshmallow-scented flowers per erect stem, about 18in/45cm tall.  June flowering.  Sometimes growing with its unattractive cousin.......
Cypripedium fasciculatum
......short, slouching.  Several brown flowers drooping and clustered together.  Infreqent scattered populations throughout West.  Considered rare.

 
Ipomopsis aggregata
Scarlet Gilia is found on the east side of the Cascades.  Red trumpet flowers attract hummingbirds.  It flowers in its second year, sets seed, and dies.

Lewisia columbiana
Succulent leaves in a rosette, sprays of white or pink-striped flowers on long stems....
....here covering a rock in the Wenatchee Mountains.  Also south Cascades and Olympics.

Saxifraga bronchialis
Like many other sax, the flowers are finely detailed-- in this species petals dotted pink and yellow.....
....the foliage carpets like a heavy moss, the entire plant can produce a mass display of flowers.  Common.  Wenatchees, Olympics, and Cascades.

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