Friday, January 29, 2016

It has been another warm winter for the lowlands of western Washington. But regardless of the mildness I was still surprised to see this clump of blooms on a slope in the San Juan Islands.

I have no idea what the plant is or if it is native. Plant IDs are a weakness in my understanding of the world. The bloom was on a south facing slope with rocks and was near the water. Hence, a mild climate spot that seems to be working well for this plant.

The site did have some other native tree favorites:

Juniperus maritima

Arbutus menziesii
This growth habit is common on south slopes in the San Juans
The root mass appears to survive burning and cutting and sends up new trees


Anonymous said...

Snapdragons. :)

Rabbits' Guy said...

Yup - wintered over! Beat the daffs and tulips!

Dan McShane said...

Thanks! That was my inclination, but dared not guess.