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Bigleaf Lupine - Photo by Erik W. L. Anderson, June 2009

Bigleaf Lupine (aka Washington Lupine, Garden Lupine, Altrmuz Perenne) Lupinus polyphyllus.  • Family: Fabaceae / Pea • Habitat: Dry open woods • Height: 18-48 inches • Flower size: 3/4-1 inch • Flower color: white, pink, blue, and purple • Edibility:  Seed is poisonous • Invasive


Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 - Report by

The flowers are beginning to bloom along the highway: Yellow & Orange Hawkweed, Lupine, Winter Cress, Buttercups and Mertensia. Mountain Ash, both in town and Wild ones are at their peak along with the Lilacs and Red Osier Dogwood.

We were not able in previous weeks to visit the bog on the Lima Mt Road because of washouts. B’s daughter said that most of the flowers we were looking for were at The Fen, off the Ski Hill Road – so we went there. We did see Bog Laurel, lots of Labrador Tea, Bog Rosemary, Cranberry, Calla Lilies, Starflowers, Wild Lily-of-the-Valley, Strawberry, Blue-eyed grass, Violets, both blue and yellow, Bunchberries, Wild Roses and a few Iris. It was hot and we were troubled by the DEER FLIES. This may be the last time B & I go there – it was exhausting !!!

After that “Forced March” we went to Pit Lake off Trestle Pine Road and saw the Pitcher Plants blooming and Bog Buckbean, Yellow Pond Lilies, Douglas Honeysuckle and one Upright Bindweed.

Lunch at Two Island Campground boat landing – in the car so we were sure to be out of the bugs – We were exhausted !!

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