Common yarrow flower in Fairbanks, Alaska
Posted by Lee Petersen | August 26, 2020
Common Yarrow – Achillea millefolium

Common yarrow is a tall, weedy plant with a dense cluster of small, white flowers at the head. It may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and has traditionally been used...

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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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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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Arctic Lupine – Lupinus arcticus
Posted by Lee Petersen | August 4, 2020
Arctic Lupine – Lupinus arcticus

The arctic lupine is a purple-flowering, herbaceous plant with a raceme of pea-like flowers. It contains a neurotoxin, sparteine, thought to deter snowshoe hares.

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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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Arctic Primrose – Primula eximia
Posted by Lee Petersen | May 19, 2020
Arctic Primrose – Primula eximia

The Arctic primrose tends to live in very wet soil and stream beds. It grows to be about 10-12 cm tall. It has 5 lobed pink or purple-pink petals.

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