Custom Search

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Highrock Park Pink Carpet

I didn't go out this morning to photograph these lovely little flowers but who could resist such a glorious pink carpet scattered over the sides of Highrock Park. I don't know what they are called but I'll see if I can find out.

As usual, Lewis J. Clark's Wild Flowers of British Columbia provides an identification of these flowers. They are a member of the Valerian family called Sea Blush (Plectritis congesta). Clark quotes Archibald Menzies, a naturalist who traveled in this area with Captain George Vancouver in 1792:
"...the rural appearance"...[of Protection Island, in "Juan de Fuca's Streights"] strongly invited us to stretch our limbs after our long confined situation on board & the dreary sameness of a tedious voyage.... We found on landing...the shore was skirted with long grass & a variety of wild flowers in full bloom, but what chiefly dazzled our eyes...was a small species of wild Valerian [now known as Plectritis or Valerianella congesta] with reddish colourd flowers growing behind the beach in large thick patches."


Dean Lewis said...

We had some amazing towering cloud formations today. Hope you happened to catch them.

Benjamin Madison said...

Yes, it was a beautiful day yesterday - if only it had been about 15 degrees warmer....

Dalal said...

WOW I really love this! The contrast is amazing.


JoJo said...

I am really going to have to make it a point to visit Highrock Park next time I'm up there.

AB said...

Great perspective to capture the carpet.