Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 27, 2019

Mt. Rainier Wildflowers 7/25/19

Mt. Rainier National Park reports

Currently Blooming

Magenta paintbrush is not the only pink wildflower on the mountain. Rosy spirea (Spiraea splendens) is a low shrub with clusters of rose-pink flowers. The flowers, which some think has a sweet scent reminding them of cloves, are often buzzing with bees, hover flies, and other pollinators.

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

  • Sunrise (7/25) – cinquefoil, Cusick’s speedwell, pasqueflower seedheads, lupine, magenta paintbrush, sitka valerian, small-flowered penstemon, pink mountain heather, marsh marigold, subalpine daisy, bistort, bracted lousewort, phlox, Jacob’s ladder, fleeceflower, mountain sandwort
  • Longmire (7/25) – rattlesnake plantain, salal, late: lupine, twin flower, pipsissewa
  • Berkely Park (7/24) – effrey’s shooting star, magenta paintbrush, sitka valerian, lupine, subalpine daisy, cinquefoil, arnica, glacier lily, avalanche lily, beargrass(!), bistort, bracted lousewort, elephanthead, pasqueflower seedhead, paintbrush
  • Stevens Canyon Road (7/23) – goat’s beard, scarlet paintbrush, arnica, oceanspray, sitka valerian, Oregon sunshine, yarrow, harebell, stonecrop, Canada goldenrod
  • Paradise (7/24) – parking/developed area: rosy spirea, avalanche lily, Jeffrey’s shooting star, sitka valerian, magenta paintbrush, Cusick’s speedwell, subalpine daisy, pink mountain heather, bracted lousewort; Nisqually Vista Trail: avalanche lily, lupine, pink mountain heather, Jeffrey’s shooting star, bracted lousewort, arnica, magenta paintbrush; Alta Vista Trail: avalanche lily, lupine, pink mountain heather, Jeffrey’s shooting star, bracted lousewort, arnica, magenta paintbrush, Cusick’s speedwell, partridgefoot, bistort
  • Wonderland Trail, Longmire to Indian Henry’s (7/24) – lupine, cinquefoil, harsh paintbrush, avalanche lily, Cascade aster, subalpine daisy, pine drop, bunchberry, salal, Queen’s cup, coralroot, mountain heather

See photos at Mount Rainier Flickr group!

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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