Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 11, 2018

Mt. Rainier Wildflower Updates

Currently Blooming

Low elevation forest wildflowers are blooming in abundance. Two common forest wildflowers False Solomon’s Seal (Maianthemum racemosum) and Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal (Maianthemum stellatum) have very similar leaf structure. Both have long stems with large, alternating, veined leaves. False Solomon’s Seal however has a plume of twenty or more white flowers, while Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal has 12 or fewer aptly-named flowers.

Please Note: As snow melts away, it may be tempting to skirt remaining patches of snow that are covering trails. However, by going off trail you are walking on and damaging the wildflowers that you may be coming to see! It is better to stay on trail even if that means crossing snow, particularly in the high-visitation meadows around Paradise and Sunrise.

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