Alumroot, Heuchera micrantha, is a member of the Saxifrage Family and it blooms along the path besides Quinliven Creek on our property and many other woodland locations on the coast. In fact, it carpets swaths of land next to our creek. It has tiny white flowers, as David Bergman-Hill's photo reveals.
Alumroot has maple-shaped leaves, and the slim flower stalk stands about six inches high. This plant's leaves have medicinal uses, as they are a strong astringent. They have a long blooming season, and it always makes me happy to see them.
Thanks to David for allowing me to share his photo with you here.
On a hike in the forest with friends, we enjoyed seeing some beautiful wildflowers. The first is Pacific Starflower, which was growing on a bank in dappled sun. The blossoms are very small but exquisite
In a darkly shaded part of the forest we found this lone Pussy Ears. Yes, the inside of this flower is very soft to the touch. Look at the long slender leaf of this wildflower - it is what you first look for.
And on the forest floor we found a late blooming Douglas Iris amidst the the tiny, white "shooting star" flowers of Alumroot. You can see the maple-like leaves of the Alumroot.
And growing alongside a seasonal creek in a sunny spot was this California Wild Rose. Native peoples made a tea out of the rose hips for medicinal purposes.
It's a beautiful day today on the Mendonoma Coast. The air is so soft and warm you can almost drape around your shoulders. My best to you today, Jeanne Jackson