Alpine azalea (Kalmia procumbens) a wildflower in Alaska
Posted by Lee Petersen | March 31, 2021
Alpine Azalea – Kalmia procumbens

The alpine azalea is a mat-forming evergreen shrub found in subarctic, circumpolar regions in North America. Flowers are 5-petaled, pink, with 5 stamen. The plant is very toxic.

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Snow arnica, arnica griscomii
Posted by Lee Petersen | March 19, 2021
Snow Arnica – Arnica griscomii

Snow arnica, also commonly known as frigid arnica is a yellow flowering plant common in open and alpine areas in Alaska and northwestern Canada.

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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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Nakedstem Wallflower – Parrya nudicaulis
Posted by Lee Petersen | March 10, 2021
Nakedstem Wallflower – Parrya nudicaulis

The nakedstem wallflower or parry's wallflower is native to Alaska and Northern Canada, and Asia. It has a raceme of violet, showy flowers and long basal leaves.

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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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Northern Jacob’s Ladder – Polemonium boreale
Posted by Lee Petersen | December 28, 2020
Northern Jacob’s Ladder – Polemonium boreale

Northern Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium boreale) is a small perennial herb with purple or blue flowers and hairy pinnate leaves. It is somewhat rare, growing in alpine, rocky areas.

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Largeflowered Wintergreen
Posted by Lee Petersen | December 16, 2020
Largeflowered Wintergreen – Pyrola grandiflora

The largeflowered wintergreen (Pyrola grandiflora) is an evergreen perennial with circumboreal distribution. It has a long stem with a raceme of 4-12 white, 5-petaled flowers.

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Arctic sweet coltsfoot – Petasites frigidus
Posted by Lee Petersen | November 18, 2020
Arctic sweet coltsfoot – Petasites frigidus

Arctic sweet coltsfoot is a white-flowering plant with many flowering heads. It is found in northern latitudes in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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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 death camas – Anticlea elegans
Posted by Lee Petersen | September 20, 2020
Mountain death camas – Anticlea elegans

Mountain death camas is a lily-like white flowering plant in moist grasslands. The whole plant is very toxic to humans and livestock.

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