Discover Wildflowers

Rows of bright blue-purple penstemon wildflowes.
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.
  • The Seasons of Mount Rainier - View short clips of different plants found in various parts of the park.
  • Ecological Restoration - Watch short videos about the Ecological Restoration program's work in the park.

Rocky, moss covered slope scattered with many blooming wildflowers.
Diverse numbers of wildflowers blooming include paintbrush, yarrow, Oregon sunshine, penstemon, and in the bottom left, tiger lily. Photo taken July 18, 2016 along Ipsut Pass.

NPS/Carolyn Loren Photo

Currently Blooming - Updated July 22, 2016
Subalpine meadows like Spray and Seattle Park are reported to have a great diversity of wildflowers beginning to bloom from early season avalanche and glacier lilies to penstemon and paintbrushes. This is also a good year for tiger lilies, which are blooming widely across the park. Tiger lilies take three to five years to mature and begin blooming, with distinctive drooping yellow flowers with dark spots.

Wildflower Reports

  • Paradise (7/22) - glacier lily, cusick's speedwell, avalanche lily, scarlet paintbrush, magenta paintbrush, buttercup, cinquefoil, sitka valerian, bracted lousewort, cascade blueberry, bear grass, arnica, pink heather, white heather, pasqueflower, marsh marigold, sitka mountain ash, jeffreys shooting star, alaska and leatherleaf saxifrage, partridgefoot, willowherb, elephanthead lousewort, agoseris, jacob's ladder, lovage, rosy spirea, Lewis and mountain monkeyflower, bistort, bluebells, goat's beard, edible thistle, subalpine daisy, groundsel, cow parsnip.
  • Carbon River (7/19) - corydalis, bleeding heart, single delight, lupine, Queen's cup, foam flower, twin flower, gnomeplant
  • Ipsut Pass (7/18) - valerian, cow parsnip, selfheal, tiger lily, grays lovage, buckwheat, arnica, sagewort, scarlet and harsh paintbrush, larkspur, western columbine, baneberry, waterleaf, penstemon, yarrow, pearly everlasting, stonecrop, goat's beard, red elderberry, thimbleberry
  • Spray and Seattle Park (7/18) - western bog-laurel, slender bog orchid, pink and white mountain heather, jeffreys shooting star, many avalanche lilies
  • Paradise Valley Road (7/13) - avalanche lily, rosy spirea, pearly everlasting, bog orchid, pink and white heather, jeffrey shooting star, sitka mountain ash (early), penstemon, partridge foot
  • Glacier Basin Trail to Burroughs (7/12) - Lower: monkeyflower (peak), tall bluebells, sagewort, sitka valerian, pearly everlasting, yarrow, cinquefoil, arnica, water leaf; Higher: magenta and harsh paintbrush, jeffrey shooting stars, cow parsnip, stonecrop; Basin: magenta paintbrush, sitka valerian, showy sedge, elegant jacob's ladder, partridgefoot, pink and white mountain heather, phlox, cusick's speedwell, yellow and purple violets, bistort, glacier lily; Borroughs: still sparse in spots, white and pink heather, phlox, saxifrage, golden fleabane
  • Stevens Canyon (7/11) - rosy spirea, paintbrush, sitka valerian, subalpine daisy, pink mountain heather, avalanche lily, thistle, bear grass, pearly everlasting, penstemon, mountain dandelion, cow parsnip, goats beard, ocean spray, stonecrop, yarrow, sitka mountain ash (early), tiger lily, Oregon sunshine, monkeyflower, self heal
  • Sunrise (7/7) - western spring beauty, valerian, magenta paintbrush, harsh paintbrush, glacier lily, avalanche lily, penstemon, speedwell, cinquefoil, buttercup, marsh marrigold, pasqueflower, pink heather, bracted lousewort, American bistort, broadleaf lupine, cascade aster, Lewis monkeyflower (White River), low and elegant jacob's ladder, tall bluebells, mountain monkeyflower (Fremont), partridge foot, smooth mountain dandelion, spreading phlox, subalpine buckwheat, western columbine
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.

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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