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It's a <b>great</b> time to visit Silver Star Mountain! It's even worth dealing with the horrible road to the north trailhead to witness this kaleidoscopic display. <P> Although this is not a banner year for Bear grass <I>(Xerophyllum tenax)</i>, there are some nice specimens intermingled with everything else. Varieties currently blooming along the Ed's Trail loop include: Inside-Out Flower <I>(Vancouveria hexandra)</I>, Candyflower <I>(Claytonia sibirica)</I>, Western bistort <I>(Polygonum bistortoides)</I>, Broadleaf lupine <I>(Lupinus latifolius)</I>, Tiger lily <I>(Lilium columbianum)</I>, Western columbine <I>(Aquilegia formosa)</I>, Indian paintbrush <I>(Castilleja miniata)</I>, Mountain golden-pea <I>(Thermopsis montana)</I>, Cascade aster <I>(Aster ledophyllus)</I>, Long-beaked hawkweed <I>(Hieracium longiberbe)</I>, Oregon sunshine <I>(Eriophyllum lanatum)</I>, Subalpine mariposa lily <I>(Calochortus subalpinus)</I>, Woodland penstemon <I>(Nothochelone nemorosa)</I>, Cardwell's penstemon <I>(Penstemon cardwellii)</I>, Cliff penstemon <I>(Penstemon rupicola)</I>, Nuttall's larkspur <I>(Delphinium nuttallii)</I>, Rosy spiraea <I>(Spiraea splendens)</I>, Sitka valerian <I>(Valeriana sitchensis)</I>, Oregon iris <I>(Iris tenax)</I>, Small-flowered paintbrush <I>(Castilleja parviflora)</I>, Pacific Bleeding Heart <I>(Dicentra formosa)</I>, Thimbleberry <I>(Rubus parviflorus)</I>, Mountain Wallflower <I>(Erysimum arenicola)</I>, Spreading phlox <I>(Phlox diffusa)</I>, Columbia Lewisia <I>(Lewisia columbiana)</I>, Western serviceberry <I>(Amelanchier alnifolia)</I>, Bunchberry <I>(Cornus unalaschkensis)</I>, Western Sweetvetch <I>(Hedysarum occidentale)</I>, Queen's cup <I>(Clintonia uniflora)</I>, Rusty Saxifrage <I>(Saxifraga ferruginea)</I>, and Explorer's Gentian <I>(Gentiana calycosa)</I>. <P>Blooming in forested areas at higher elevations: Evergreen Violet <I>(Viola sempervirens)</I>, Columbia Windflower <I>(Anemone deltoidea)</I>, Foamflower <I>(Tierella trifoliata)</I>, and lots of Avalanche lily <I>(Erythronium montanum)</I>.


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