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Alaskan Wildflowers
Seen along various city trails in Anchorage
in mid-July, 2002 




cow parsnip



Above: Fireweed
Epilobium angustifolium
Click photo for an enlargement.
Click here for large scenic view.

 Above: Pushki or Cow parsnip
Heracleum lanatum
Juices from this plant can cause painful blisters.
Click for closeup of flower head

Above: Wild Geranium
Geranium erianthum
Click for a closeup of the flower

Below: Butter and Eggs or Toadflax
Linaria vulgaria
This is an introduced species that has rapidly spread from gardens to the wild.

x Below: Devil's Club, Oplopanax (Echinopanax) horridum . This plant has leaves that are very similar to Cow parsnip. The flowers differ, and this plant has painful stickers on the stems. The nondescript cream colored flower will turn to bright red berry-like fruits in the fall. Bears are known to eat them.



left: Coastal Paintbrush
Castilleja unalaschensis

right: Bird Vetch, Tufted Vetch
Vicia cracca
Although beautiful to look at, this member of the pea family is a noxious weed that often chokes out native plants.

below left: Northern Yarrow
Achillea borealis
below center: yarrow closeup
and Arctic White Butterfly
(Click butterfly for more info.)

below right: MacKenzie River Husky
with some Shasta Daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum.) Although it's not a native species, I believe these have been planted all over town.



yarrow and butterfly



More Alaskan Wildflowers
Alaskan Wildflowers from the Table Rock Forest Trail
Alaskan Wildflowers from the tundra meadow, Worthington Glacier Ridge Trail
Alaskan Wildflowers from the Eklutna Lakeside Trail
Alaskan Wildflowers seen along the Falls Creek Trail
Alaskan Wildflowers seen on Flattop Mountain in Anchorage
Alaskan Wildflowers seen on the Mt. Magnificent Ridge

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