A Sunrise area wildflower update from Mt. Rainier National Park’s Ranger Steve:
Birds Beak Lousewort Pedicularis ornithorhyncha
Here is what I have observed at Sunrise (having put in 18 miles to Dick’s Lakes, then back to Sunrise along Sourdough Ridge, then back to Dick’s and back out to Sunrise Point last weekend, I must say that if one imagined a place where Switzerland, Alaska, & the Rocky Mts. were combined you would end up with Sunrise at Mt Rainier & it could easily be argued that it is the most beautiful place in the Entire United States including Alaska & Hawaii!), Paradise, Mt Wow, Backbone Ridge and William O. Douglas Wilderness at Soda Springs. in late July and up to this point in August.
Besides the regulars, I try to focus on new observations and rarer plants. Sunrise is certainly in full bloom, Paradise is still in early bloom, prime will take another week or more at Parad. Lower Valley Loop Road at Paradis going nuts/is outstanding.
“I would sit for an hour or a day and ask this plant or that rock where it had come from, how it had gotten here and where it was going.”——-John Muir
Golden Fleabane Erigeron aureus
1. Western Meadow Rue – Thalictrum occidentale (William O.)
2. Great Burne – Sanguisorba officinalis microcephala (William O.)
32. Pedicularis racemosa, bracteosa, groenlandica, ornithoryncha, contorta & rainierensis (Sunrise / All except Elephant head & a couple of those may be missing from Paradise. Some hybridizing seems to be going on too)
33. Redstem Ceanothus – Ceanothus sanguineus (Backbone Ridge or “BBR”)
34. Manzanita-Kinnikinnick – Arctostaphalos X media (BBR)
35. Dwarf penstemon – Penstemon procerus var. microfolia (Sunrise)