Western Mountains and Pacific Northwest Wildflowers

Aquilegia formosa
Western Columbine

Western Columbine is a butterfly magnent. Like most Columbines, Aquilegia formosa has flowers that droop from their stems like tear drops. They are bright orange ro red.

Spiraea virginiana grows to a moderate height of 1 to 3 feet and tends to be found in wet lowlands.

Aralia californica
Elk Clover

Elk Clover is a shrubby California wildflower growing to heights of 3 to 9 feet. This Northwest Wildflower has beautiful full foliage and tiny pink or white flowers. Elk Clover is a member of the gingseng family and its root may have once been used as a medicine. Elk Clover also produces small fruit that will provide an excelent food source for birds.

Aruncus dioicus

Aruncus dioicus is a large full plant, growing up to 3 to 6 feet. Goatsbeard often has feathery, white flowers on foot long spikes. This grows well in shade as does Elk clover.

Caltha leptosepala
Marsh Marigold

Caltha leptosepala doesn't much resemble marigolds. This northwest wildflower looks more like a white sunflower. Marsh Marigold grows low to the ground and makes a wonderful ground cover to fill all the bare ground in your rain garden.

Cimicifuga elata
Tall Bugbane

Cimicifuga laciniata lives in wet boggy lowlands or open wet woods. This wildflower can grow tall as its name implies, up to 6 feet. Tall Bugbane grows long elegant spikes filled with purple flowers any butterfly would love. It grows in partial shade so no worries if you bigger wildflowers overshadow it. Bugbane blooms in the late summer. If you have time check out the other Cimicifuga species.

Darmera peltata
Umbrella Plant

Darmera peltata is also known as Indian Rhubarb. It boasts bundles of pink or purple flowers in the early spring followed later in the season by large umbrella-like leaves 1 to 2 feet wide.

Umbrella plant grows abundantly in wet moist areas like stream sides and does very well in shade.

Heracleum lanatum
Cow Parsnip, Hogweed

Cow Parsnip is beautiful white wildflower with wide, flat bundles of flowers, perfect for the landing pad of butterflies. Beware, Heracleum lanatum can grow from five all the way to nine feet, so make sure it gets behind your smaller wildflowers. Hogweed loves the wet banks of streams and was once roasted and eaten by native Americans.

Mimulus guttatus
Seep or Creek Monkey Flower

Mimulus guttatus is so named because it is frequently found growing in seeps, creeks or springs. This Monkey Flower boasts gorgeous, golden flowers that also happen to be edible, thus its AKA: Golden Monkey Flower. This Northwest wildflower is a modest little wildflower so make sure it doesn't get lost in your garden.