A flower of american globeflower as seen at right at Lions Rock Campground, Wenatchee National Forest, June 23, 1997.
Globeflower is a low growing perennial of moist montane habitats. It is hairless and has succulent leaves and stems. The basal leaves have long petioles and are palmately divided, with deeply toothed lobes or segments. The stem leaves are reduced in size, are alternate in position, and are largely without petioles.
The flowers are large and showy, to 7 cm across, and are found singly atop the stems. Petals are absent, but the 5 sepals are white or sometimes greenish, and surround a cluster of numerous yellow stamens and a central cluster of small, green pistils. Globeflower blooms soon after the snow melts, which is late spring or early summer. The fruits are many seeded pods.
Globeflower is found in moist mountain meadows and along streams near treeline.
Globeflower can be found in the Cascade Mountains of northern Washington and in the mountains of northeastern Oregon.
American globeflower as found at Lions Rock Campground, Wenatchee National Forest, June 23, 1997.