Reddish and orangish wildflowers
Most of these flowers have little in common beyond having reddish to orangish petals.
The pink mountain heather (Phyllodoce empetriformis) is an evergreen shrub found at intermediate altitudes. This one was near Gibson’s Lake in Kokanee Glacier Park.
The spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium) is a low altitude perennial herb.
This is red clover (Trifolium pratense).
This kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) was found along the lakeshore, but it can be seen throughout the province. The delicate pink flowers are followed by bright red fruit which are a favourite wildlife food. The name comes from the Algonquin word meaning mixture, as the leaves were often mixed with tobacco and then smoked.
The leatherleaf saxifrage (Leptarrhena pyrolifolia) and the adjacent flower are each named for the character of their leaves.
The hound’s tongue (Cynoglossum officinale) and the adjacent flower are each named for the character of their leaves.
The pink monkey–flower (Mimulus lewisii) is so named because as seen from some angles, it looks rather like a monkey’s head. There is also a yellow monkey–flower.
This pink spirea (spiraea douglasii ssp. menziesii) was seen along the lakeshore.
The orange hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum) is an invasive plant which springs up after the first mowing.
The striped coralroot (Corallorhiza striata) is a species of orchid which, lacking chlorophyl, obtains nutrients from fungi in the ground.
The Indian paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) is found at altitudes up to about 2500 meters; this one was at 1900 metres.
A cluster of Indian paintbrush.
The prince’s pine (Chimaphila umbellata) is also known as the pipsissewa.
This tiger lily (Lilium columbianum) was seen in Pilot Bay Park. While not common, it is found throughout the southern interior of the Province. Waiting to pounce on the next pollinating insect is a female crab spider.