Oregon flag blooming along the Chinook Trail #808B on the west side of Silver Star Mountain, Gifford Pinchot National Forest........June 3, 2016.
Moist forest openings, grasslands, and roadsides to middle altitudes.
1. Flowers large, showy, with 3 large petals and 3 smaller, thin petals. Petals generally lavendar to purple with yellow and cream markings.
2. Leaves thick, somewhat grass-like but wider. The leaves are found at the base of the plant.
3. The Oregon Flag attains a height of about one to feet.
1. The leaves were braided into snares for animal capture.
2. Pretty wildflower. Many have been domesticated & bred for unusual flower color.
3. The boiled root broth was used as a beauty treatment (supposedly it cleared the complexion) and also to treat bruises and sores.
Oregon flag is found from Grays harbor and Thuyrston Counties, WA, south along the west side of the Cascades to southwestern Oregon.