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Checklist: Common Sedges, Showy Flowers, and Other Plants of Cook Inlet

A tall stem surrounded by five petal, pink flowers.
Fireweed's Dena’ina name: ‘Niłdghuligi’ “Joined together” (Outer Cook Inlet dialect)

NPS Photo/D. Liles

SEDGES

Lyngbye’s Sedge (Carex lyngbyei)
Ramensk’s Sedge (Carex ramenskii)
Manyflower Sedge (Carex pluriflora)
Lesser Salt Marsh Sedge (Carex glareosa)
Gmelin’s sedge (Carex gmelinii)
Water sedge (Carex aquatilis)

GRASSES

Red Fescue (Festuca rubra)
Beach Wildrye (Leymus mollis)
Bluejoint (Calamagrostis canadensis)
Largeflower Speargrass (Poa eminens)
Meadow Barley (Hordeum brachyantherum)

OTHER SALT MARSH PLANTS

Arrowgrass (Triglochin maritima)
Goose Tongue, Sea Plantain (Plantago maritima)
Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum)
Seacoast Angelica (Angelica lucida)
Alaska Bog Willow (Salix fuscescens)
Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Marsh Arrowgrass (Triglochin palustris)

SHOWY FLOWERS

Beach Pea (Lathyrus japonicus)
Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium, Epilobium angustifolium)
Nootka Lupine (Lupinus nootkatensis)
Wild Geranium, Woolly Geranium (Geranium erianthum)
Blue Flag Iris, Wild Iris, Beachhead Iris (Iris setosa)
Chocolate Lily, Skunk Lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis)
Beach Groundsel, Seaside Ragwort (Senecio pseudoarnica)
Pacific Silverweed (Argentina egedii)
Arctic Daisy (Chrysanthemum arcticum)
Arctic Rattlebox (Rhinanthus minor ssp. groenlandicus)
Bluntleaf Sandwort (Moehringia lateriflora)
Purple Marshlocks (Comarum palustre)
Three-Petal Bedstraw (Galium trifidum ssp. trifidum)
Close up of a cluster of five-petaled pink flowers.

Showy Flowers of the Cook Inlet Coast

Look closer at common showy flowers to learn how to identify and where to find them.

Close up of two clusters of greenish-white flowered umbels.

Sedges and Grasses of Cook Inlet

Get a closer look at common salt marsh sedges and grasses and how to identify them.

Last updated: December 16, 2020