I took some pictures of spring wildflowers a while ago and what with one thing and another I haven’t gotten round to posting them. Well, here’s a start.
The first picture is blue-eyed mary (Collinsia parviflora). This has to be one of my favourites, it makes an early season appearance and just twinkles in the grass and mosses.
This is yellow moneyflower (Mimulus guttatus)…
and this is chickweed moneyflower (Mimulus alsinoides). The pictures don’t show it, but the chickweek monkeyflower is much smaller: Pojar and Mackinnon say that M. guttatus flowers are 20–40 mm long in comparison to M alsinoides‘ 8–14 mm.
And finally, common camas (Camassia quamash). It has edible bulbs (again according to P&M, common camas was semi-cultivated by the Coast Salish and the beds could be owned and inherited) that are NOT to be confused with death camas, for obvious reasons.