Pink flower of the Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi, or prickly rose
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 8, 2023
Prickly rose
Rosa acicularis

The prickly rose (Rosa acicularis) is a showy, pink flowering plant ubiquitous through much of the northern hemisphere including Alaska. Rose hips are frequently used to make jelly and the...

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Flower of western arctic shootingstar in the interior of Alaska
Posted by Lee Petersen | August 13, 2020
Western arctic shootingstar – Primula frigida

The western arctic shootingstar (sometimes frigid shootingstar) has a magenta or pink flower, shaped like a dart. Identification info and story around the name.

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Alpine sweetvetch – Hedysarum alpinum
Posted by Lee Petersen | August 11, 2020
Alpine sweetvetch – Hedysarum alpinum

Alpine sweetvetch, often known as wild potato or eskimo potato is a perennial herb with many small pink flowers on a raceme. The root is edible, but seed contains L-canavanine,...

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Twinflower in Denali National Park
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 23, 2020
Twinflower – Linnaea borealis

Twinflower is a creeping subshrub with a two nodding, bell-like flowers on a Y-stem. It was named after the "father of modern taxonomy", Carl Linnaeus.

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bluebell flowers with a butterfly
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 16, 2020
Tall Bluebells – Mertensia paniculata

The tall bluebell is a plant named after the shape and color of the flower produced. The flowers form from pink buds and sometimes remain slightly pink.

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Capitate valerian wildflower in bloom, also known as sharpleaf valerian or Valeriana capitata
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 10, 2020
Capitate valerian – Valeriana capitata

The flowering head of Capitate valerian is typically 2-3 cm wide. The budding inflorescence is purple, and the flowers on the blooming inflorescence are tubular, white or slightly pink

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Spring beauty flower in Alaska
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 3, 2020
Spring Beauty – Claytonia sarmentosa

Spring Beauty is a small plant with delicate magenta or white, 5-petaled flowers 15-20 mm in diameter. It is edible cooked or raw, its root often cooked.

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Purple Mountain Saxifrage flowers in rocky talus near the Black Rapids Glacier
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 9, 2020
Purple Mountain Saxifrage – Saxifraga oppositifolia

Purple mountain saxifrage is a low-growing, small, matted plant with dark green rounded and scaly leaves earning it the name French Knot. It's petals are edible, but bitter.

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Common Fireweed – Chamaenerion angustifolium
Posted by Lee Petersen | March 27, 2020
Common Fireweed
Chamaenerion angustifolium

Fireweed's common name comes from the fact that it can revegetate quickly after forest fires. Each flower is symmetrical about the vertical axis, with the two largest (roundish) petals at...

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Wooly lousewort – Pedicularis kanei
Posted by Lee Petersen | March 18, 2020
Woolly lousewort
Pedicularis lanata

One of the early blooming wildflowers in Alaska, this pinkish flower is frequently seen in late May or early June in the Alaska interior.

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