Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 27, 2011

Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest

Wildflower Hunting in Washington and Oregon

The rains that many people complain about lead to good wildflowers in Washington and Oregon.  Mt. Rainer National Park, the Cascades, the Olympics  and Columbia River Gorge all are associated with great wildflower hikes and viewing.  Below are  resources to help you plan your wildflower excursions.

Wildflower Websites

Native Plant Society Websites

Government Sites

Wildflower Books

  • Washington’s Best Wildflower Hikes (Charles Gurche)
  • Oregon’s Best Wildflower Hikes: Northwest Region (George Wuerthner)
  • Oregon’s Best Wildflower Hikes: Southwest Region (Elizabeth Horn)
  • Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast (Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon)
  • Wayside Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest (Dee Strickler)
  • Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge: A Comprehensive Field Guide (Russ Jolley)
  • Wildflowers of the Olympics and Cascades (Charles Stewart)
  • Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest (Phyllis Gustafson and Mark Turner)
  • Best Wildflower Hikes Washington (Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano)


  1. […] If you are heading further north towards Oregon and Washington check out this list of resources Wildflower Hunting in Washington and Oregon […]


  2. Another good wildflower book for the Pacific Northwest is “Best Wildflower Hikes Washington” by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano, and photos by Ira Spring; published by The Mountaineers Books, ISBN 978-0898869644.


    • Thanks for the suggestion. I did a couple of workshops with Art a several years ago. I added it to the list.


  3. […] I just updated the Pacific Northwest Wildflower Section on Natural History Wanderings after reading an article by Terry Richard. Here are the three new additions. See all of the the Pacific Northwest  resources on Natural History Wanderings at: Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest. […]


  4. […] Oregon and Washington Wildflower Websites and Books  […]


  5. Thanks for posting this. Heading up to Portland in mid-June, with a stop at Crater Lake on the way back, so these sources will come in handy.


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