Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 12, 2019

Mt. Rainier Wildflowers 7/12/19

Mt. Rainier National Park reports

Currently Blooming

July has been unusually mild and wet so far, but the foggy weather has a way of making colors pop. Patches of scarlet paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) are blooming along roadsides in the Paradise area. Scarlet paintbrush can be bright red, but can range in color to orange or even yellow in rare cases! Peak bloom in the meadows is probably still a few weeks off, but a driving tour of the park is a good way to view wildflowers.

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.

Wildflower Reports

  • Paradise (7/11) – scarlet paintbrush, partridgefoot, Cusick’s speedwell, rosy spirea (early), avalanche lily, cinquefoil, bear grass, lupine, sitka valerian, broadleaf arnica, subalpine daisy, pink mountain heather, glacier lily, Jeffrey’s shooting star, sitka mountain ash
  • Sunrise (7/4)- pale agusens, smooth mountain dandelion, Cascade blueberry, cinquefoil; early: lupine, Jacob’s ladder, Cusick’s speedwell, small-flowered penstemon, false hellebore, subalpine daisy, sitka valerian, Lyall’s rockcress, magenta paintbrush; late: phlox, pasqueflower, glacier lily
  • Longmire-Paradise Road (7/11) – goat’s beard, ocean spray, tiger lily, paintbrush, rock penstemon, lupine, broadleaf arnica, sitka valerian, sitka mountain ash, subalpine daisyWildflower Photos
    The photos featured here are usually taken by park staff and volunteers from all over the park. Share your own wildflower photos in the Mount Rainier Flickr group! Higher resolution versions of wildflower photos are available on Mount Rainier’s Flickr page.

Plan Your Visit
Sunrise are two of the main visitor center areas at Mount Rainier National Park. Both areas are well known for their impressive wildflower meadows. The park also maintains dozens of trails perfect for wildflower viewing.

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