[Wildflowers of the Columbia River Gorge]

Wildflowers of the Columbia River Gorge with Tiny Flowers

 

Skunk Cabbage: Lysichiton americanus - Plants of moist to wet places which are among the first to bloom in the spring. The large elliptical to oblanceolate leaves can extend to lengths of as much as 1.5 meters long. A bright yellow, cloaklike spathe surrounds the stalk bearing numerous tiny flowers. Plants are well known for their foul, sulfur-like smell.

Stinging Nettles: Urtica diocia - Erect plants with one to several stems, the stems square in outline with opposite leaves. The serrate leaves bear numerous stinging hairs on the underside of the blades, along the petioles, and along the edges of the stems. The minute flowers are in pendant, axillary clusters.


Paul Slichter