In a period of only a few weeks, spring has come, a monumental paintbrush caressing the landscape, stirring it back to consciousness. Dabs of bright white, pink and yellow compliment deeper streaks of lavender, red and orange, all placed upon a backdrop of fresh green. Buds change to blooms on wildflowers and the hardier of the tree species sport new-growth fuzz.
As part of the 17,500-acre Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, the 3.5-mile Ebey's Bluff trail provides a vivid representation of western Washington shoreline plants in spring. Located on central Whidbey Island, this trail is one of many that provides an opportunity to see both the natural and agricultural communities come alive this new season.
I have created a photographic guide to some of the spring wildflowers just now blooming on Ebey's Bluff and Ebey's Prairie. I have created this guide based on the plants' family common names, followed by the plant common name and latin name, in order for easier identification to those who enjoy field guide identification. Enjoy this spring on Ebey's Prairie and see how many of these beautiful colors you can find in your own backyards, as well as new spring additions.
ASTER FAMILY – Asteraceae
Common dandelion – Taraxacum officinale
FERN FAMILY – Polypodiacea
Bracken fern – Pteridium aquilinum
LILY FAMILY – Liliaceae
Common camas – Camassia quamash
Death camas – Zygadenus venenosus
PEA FAMILY – Fabaceae
Seashore lupine - Lupinus littoralis
PINE FAMILY – Pinaceae
PINK FAMILY – Caryophyllaceae
Field chickweed - Cerastium arvense
STONECROP FAMILY – Sedum
Brittle prickly pear cactus - Opuntia fragilis
VIOLET FAMILY – Violaceae
This post provided by Kelsi Franzen. All photos courtesy by and copyright 2010, Kelsi Franzen. They may not be printed or used without permission.