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Wildflower of the Month:

Each month we will highlight a different beautiful wildflower found on the Forest Farm.


This month, Asclepsias speciosa,

Showy Milkweed.  

Showy Milkweed

Showy Milkweed
Asclepias speciosa
While the Milkweed family is considered 
to be a weed, this member
 is both beautiful
and beneficial to wildlife.
Monarch butterfly larvae feed solely
 on milkweed.
We love seeing masses of Monarchs
sweep in on the milkweed clusters.
The Showy Milkweed grows about
three feet tall
and reproduces
both by seed and underground rootstock.
The leaves are lovely,
 as well as the flower clusters
which appear in June as pinkish umbels
which open into interesting clusters
of individual flowers.
The leaves are gracefully shaped,
about six inches long,
grayish-green & covered with fine, soft hairs.
Showy Milkweed is a favorite source
of food for bees,
as well as butterflies.  

Red -flowering Currant

Red-flowering Currant
Ribes sanguineum
Members of the Gooseberry family,
the Red-flowering Currant
 is a beautiful and useful Oregon native
with maple-like leaves which turn yellow in autumn.
Flower clusters appear in March or April
and bloom untill June with colors
ranging from red to rose, pink and white.
They are a source of food for bees,
hummingbirds and butterflies.
Berries are blue-black and ripen
 from June to August
 providing a long-term food supply
for birds, chipmunks, squirrels, foxes,
 beavers, raccoons and deer. 
 Deer also browse twigs and foliage.

Other Lovely members of the

 Lilliaceae or Lily family in bloom"

Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily, Calochortus elegans
 is an unusual Oregon native.
 It grows in areas that have serpentine soils
 and are found in openings in mixed
woodland/forests at 1,000- 2,000 foot elevations.
The plant is only about 6" tall with a single
grasslike leaf.  It has one to four flowers
per plant that are  1-1 1/ 2" wide and densely
hairy inside, pale blue to lavender in color.
 They are sometimes called Cat's Ears due
 to their furry look inside the flower. 


The Trillium, or Wake Robin, blooms very early

beginning in February, often lasting until June.

We are just saying goodbye to them for this year.

 It is found in wooded areas and along streambanks.

 The Trillium has three large ovate leaves with

 a single white or maroon flower in the center.


Giant  Trillium, Trillium chloropetalum

stands 12"-16" tall with very large 8" leaves.

It grows in dense patches in shady moist areas.


Klamath Trillium, Trillium rivale,

also grows in shady, moist areas and has large leaves. 

It has a stem between the leaves and blossom.


Western Trillium, Trillium ovatum,

is the most common trillium and stands only

4"-6" tall with 2"-4" leaves.




A Special Thank You!
While a great deal of time is spent
with reference books and online databases
 to determine the classification
for each  lovely flower...
We would like to extend a very special thank you
 to Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Center
 at the University of Texas at Austin.
The folks at Mr. Smarty Plants
 have been an invaluable resource
 for their assistance and interest-
as well as their incredible expertise 
in identifying our more unusual flower species! 
Visit their site at:  


Other lovely flowers
in blossom:

Oblongleaf Bluebell

Mertensia oblongifolia
Oblongleaf Bluebells
Members of the Boraginaceae family, this Bluebell is an unusual Oregon native. It can grow in areas that are rocky and dry. Its leaf is somewhat thick with tiny teeth and the leaves clasp the stem. The flowers develop in clusters at the end of leaf stalks and can be pale blue to deep purple. 

Shooting Stars
 Dodecatheon hendersonii
Mosquito bill Shootingstar
Members of the Primrose family, the various subspecies of Dodecatheon spp. have varied leaves and differences in their flower.  Shootingstars are easily identified, but figuring out the subspecies takes work.
The Mosquito bill shootingstar has round leaves with untoothed margins
 that sit on the ground with a bare stem carrying the flowers. .
Asarum caudatum
Long-tailed Wild Ginger
A member of the Aristolochiaceae, or Birthwort family, this peculiar little flower is well-hidden by heart-shaped leaves that grow in pairs.  The flower has a maroon bowl shaped base with three long "tails"  and has an odd carrion scent. 
Photos on this website may not be copied, reproduced or otherwise utilized without express written consent and appropriate credits.
All wildflowers are photographed in their natural habitat
by Ms. jeannie A. Kendrick

Kendrick Forest   
Wilderville, Oregon