Wild Flag (Iris setosa)

Closeup of Wild Flag (Iris setosa) near Federal Way, WA
Closeup of Wild Flag (Iris setosa) near Federal Way, WA
Wild Flag’s come in many colors. Pictured here is a yellow one.

The Wild Flag is a member of the Iris family.

Wild Flag (Iris setosa) near Federal Way, WA
Wild Flag (Iris setosa) near Federal Way, WA

Bunchberry (Cornus Canadensis)

Bunchberry (Cornus Canadensis)
Bunchberry
(Cornus Canadensis)

The Bunchberry has a distinctive four petal flower and six leaf combination that makes it easy separate from the other forest plants.
Bunchberry (Cornus Canadensis) near Pamilia Lake, Oregon
Bunchberry (Cornus Canadensis) near Pamilia Lake, Oregon

Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park

Paradise, Mt. Rainier, Late August Flowers
Paradise, Mt. Rainier, Late August Flowers

The meadows of Paradise are arguably the most popular summer hiking destination located within Mount Rainier National Park. Late each summer, peaking around the second week in August, massive amounts of flowers burst into bloom across the spectacular meadows of Paradise.

Paradise, Mt. Rainier, More Wildflowers
Paradise, Mt. Rainier, More Wildflowers

You will find many hiking trails in Paradise. Trails range from less than a quarter mile on a paved surface to the five mile dirt, gravel and snow, Skyline Trail which travels the circumference of the meadows. Common flowers that you will find are Indian Paintbrush, Daisies, Lupins, Beargrass and many many others.

Points of interest:

  • Panorama Point – 6,800 feet elevation
  • Alta Vista – 4,940 feet elevation
  • Skyline Trail – Round Trip 5.0 miles
  • Skyline Trail (Golden Gate Trail shortcut) – Round Trip 4.1 miles
  • Nisqually Vista Trail – Round Trip 1.1 miles
  • Waterfall Trail – 0.21 miles long
  • Avalanche Lily Trail – 0.41 miles long
  • Golden Gate Trail – 1.0 miles long
  • Glacier Vista Trail – 0.31 miles long – 6,336 feet elevation

Directions:

Paradise is located on the south face of Mt. Rainier. Follow Washington State route 706 to the Nisqually entrance. Continue east for 18 miles until you reach the Paradise Visitors Center.

List of Pacific Northwest Plants

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The Pacific Northwest has it’s own special species as well as common plants, trees and wildflowers. Below is an incomplete list of a few plants and wildflowers you may find as you travel and visit the outdoors.

Click on the links below for pictures and more detailed information.

Daytrails recommends “Plants of the Pacific Northwest” by Jim Pojar.  It is a great help when trying to identify the many species of plants that grow in the Pacific Northwest.