• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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Forest Wildflowers - Yellow/Orange

Cascade Oregon-grape
Evergreen Violet
Northern Microseris
Skunk Cabbage
Tiger Lily

Full resolution versions of wildflower photos available on flickr.
 
Yellow Cascade Oregon-grape flowers (left); leaves with 11-19 toothed leaflets (right).

Cascade Oregon-grape flowers (left); leaves with 11-19 toothed leaflets (right).

NPS Photo

Cascade Oregon-grape
Berberis nervosa

This plant has stout stems with closely-spaced leaves with 11-19 toothed leaflets per leaf. Common in forests mostly below 3,000 feet (914 meters). Produces small, tart, purple berries sometimes used for jelly.

 
Evergreen Violet

Evergreen Violet

NPS, Crow Vecchio

Evergreen Violet
Viola sempervirens

Also known as Trailing Yellow Violet, this tiny flower is common in moist forests and has heart- to kidney-shaped leaves. Stream or Yellow Wood Violets (Viola glabella) look very similar and can also be found in the park.

 
Northern Microseris

Northern Microseris

NPS Photo

Northern Microseris
Microseris borealis

Initially similiar in appearance to the common dandelion, Microseris has basal lance-shaped leaves and a single flower head topping a tall stem. Common in wet meadows, particularly around Longmire.

 
Skunk Cabbage

Skunk Cabbage

NPS Photo

Skunk Cabbage
Lysichiton americanus

Generally the first plant to bloom in spring, the bright yellow "flower" of the skunk cabbage is actually a modified bract, or leaf. The true flowers form a dense yellow-green spike that gives off a distinctive skunk-like smell. The glossy green basal leaves can grow to be up to five feet (1.5 meters) long. Very common and easy to spot emerging from wet swampy ground throughout the park.

 
Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily

NPS, Chris Roundtree

Tiger Lily
Lilium columbianum

Flowers bloom on tall, curved stalks so they hang downwards. Stalks can be up to 6.5 feet (2 meters) long, though generally shorter. Narrow leaves encircle the lower portions of the stalk to form rings, or whorls. The leaves become scattered along the upper portion of the stalk. Grows in open woods on dryish ground, and along roadsides.

Did You Know?

June 1945:  President Harry Truman plays the piano in the Paradise Inn lobby.

In June 1945, President Harry Truman visited Mount Rainier National Park, dined at the Paradise Inn and played a song on the Inn's piano. This piano and other notable items are preserved today in the Paradise Inn, part of an effort to maintain the park's rich historic legacy. More...