Discover Wildflowers

Penstemon growing along the road to Sunrise.

Penstemon wildflowers growing along the road to Sunrise.

NPS Photo

 

Mount Rainer's renowned wildflowers bloom for a limited amount of time every year. The "peak" bloom for wildflowers is heavily dependent on weather and precipitation patterns, so accurate predictions are difficult. In most years, many flowers will be blooming by mid-July, and by the first of August the meadows should be very impressive. Frost can occur by late August, but even after light frosts the meadows continue to be very beautiful, thanks to changing leaf colors and seed pod development that take the place of colorful blossoms.

For a better idea of what the wildflowers are doing this year, please see the Currently Blooming section below, which summarizes what's blooming where.

Explore further:

  • Wildflower Guide - Unfamiliar with Mount Rainier's wildflowers? Photos and brief descriptions of some of the common wildflower species can be found in the park's online wildflower guide.
  • Subalpine and Forest wildflower photo galleries
  • Wildflower video gallery - Preview Mount Rainier's blooming wildflower meadows by watching these short clips.

Magenta fireweed flowers ring the glassy, still waters of a lake reflecting a view of Mount Rainier.

Fireweed wildflowers ring the still waters of Reflection Lake, July 29, 2015.

NPS Photo

Currently Blooming - July 30, 2015
Clashing colors are on display in the park right now, with fireweed competing with purple cascade aster and bright red Sitka mountain ash berries. Fireweed (Chamerion agustifolium) wildflowers are particularly easy to spot with bright magenta flowers waving on leafy stems up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall. This plant has alternating, lance-shaped leaves and grows from spreading rootstock, forming thick clumps of plants. Common in the park, particularly in disturbed areas like roadsides, below 5,500 feet (1,676 m) elevation.

Wildflower Reports

  • Paradise: (7/29) fireweed, pearly everlasting, corn lily/false hellebore, cascade aster, yarrow, paintbrush, sitka mountain ash berries
  • Longmire: (7/23) yarrow, foamflower, wall lettuce, rattlesnake plantain, water parsley

 

Mountain Bog Gentian

Mountain Bog Gentian

NPS Photo

Wildflower Photos
The photos featured here are usually taken by park staff and volunteers from all over the park. Share your own wildflower photos in the Mount Rainier Flickr group! Higher resolution versions of wildflower photos are available on Mount Rainier's Flickr page.
Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily

NPS, Chris Roundtree

Plan Your Visit
Paradise
and
Sunrise are two of the main visitor center areas at Mount Rainier National Park. Both areas are well known for their impressive wildflower meadows. The park also maintains dozens of trails perfect for wildflower viewing.

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