dwarf dogwood flowering plant in Fairbanks, Alaska
Posted by Lee Petersen | August 8, 2020
Dwarf Dogwood – Cornus canadensis

Dwarf dogwood is a flowering subshrub with 4 white or cream-colored bracts instead of petals and a small white or purple inflorescence. A cluster of red berries form in the...

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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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Mountain Avens – Dryas octopetala
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 30, 2020
Eightpetal Mountain Avens – Dryas octopetala

Mountain avens are an 8-petaled white flower frequently found in alpine environments distributed across the arctic and northwestern United States and Canada.

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Arctic sandwort - Minuartia arctica
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 29, 2020
Arctic Sandwort – Minuartia arctica

Arctic sandwort is a mat-forming plant with small, white, 5-petaled flowers. It grows in rocky or gravelly alpine environments and is native to Alaska and Canada.

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Labrador Tea – Rhododendron tomentosum
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 22, 2020
Labrador Tea – Rhododendron tomentosum

Rhododendron tomentosum is a low to medium-sized evergreen shrub. Each plant has several white-flowered inflorescences. Precautions should be taken if using as a tea or medicinally.

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narcissus-flowered anemone on Ester Dome in Fairbanks, Alaska
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 2, 2020
Narcissus anemone – Anemone narcissiflora

The narcissus anemone typically has 4-10 white sepals and somewhat hairy, basal leaves. It grows up to 60 cm (23 inches) tall on a long single stem.

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Alaska Cotton – Eriophorum
Posted by Lee Petersen | March 21, 2020
Cottongrass/Alaska Cotton

Most species of Alaska cotton are between 30-60 cm (12-24 in) tall with a drooping head of cotton that is whitish in color. The cotton fibers release in the wind...

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