Water arum – Calla palustris
Posted by Lee Petersen | March 16, 2021
Water arum – Calla palustris

The water arum, or wild calla, is semi-aquatic plant typically with a large white bract and large leaves. It is mostly poisonous and can be dangerous to pets when planted...

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Western Columbine – Aquilegia formosa
Posted by Lee Petersen | February 11, 2021
Western Columbine – Aquilegia formosa

The western columbine is a plant with a showy red and yellow flower found in moist soils in the western United States and Canada.

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Woolly Geranium – Geranium erianthum
Posted by Lee Petersen | October 4, 2020
Woolly Geranium – Geranium erianthum

The woolly geranium (or northern geranium, cranesbill) is a tall purple-flowered perennial native to Alaska, parts of Canada, and Asia. Photos and identification info.

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Mountain harebell – Campanula lasiocarpa
Posted by Lee Petersen | September 11, 2020
Mountain harebell – Campanula lasiocarpa

Mountain harebell is a small, flowering alpine plant typically 5-15 cm (2-6 in) tall. The flower is a solitary violet upright bell about 2.5-4 cm (1-1.5 inches) long.

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Arctic Daisy – Chrysanthemum arcticum
Posted by Lee Petersen | September 8, 2020
Arctic Daisy – Chrysanthemum arcticum

The arctic daisy (Chrysanthemum arcticum) is a 10-45 cm (4-18 in) tall perennial herb with white ray florets and yellow disk florets.

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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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Norwegian cinquefoil – Potentilla norvegica
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 30, 2020
Norwegian cinquefoil – Potentilla norvegica

Norwegian cinquefoil is a widely distributed annual or perennial in the Rose family with ternate, serrated leaves and small yellow flowers.

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Monkshood flower in Denali National Park
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 19, 2020
Monkshood – Aconitum delphiniifolium

Monkshood is a highly toxic plant with purple flowers, resembling larkspur with a purple hood over the top of the flower.

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Siberian aster flower blooming in Alaska
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 13, 2020
Siberian Aster – Eurybia sibirica

Siberian aster is a purple, daisy-like flower found across the circumboreal subarctic including Alaska. The flower is composed of light 12-50 light purple ray florets.

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