Pretty Pink Flourishes
Botanic name: Clematis armandii Common name: evergreen clematis Family: Ranunculaceae
The broadleaf evergreen vine grows quickly, scenting the spring air with clusters of quarter-sized white or pinkish flowers.The leaves are 3”-7” long, have an oblong, pointed shape, and tend to point downward. Later in the season, the flowers will form clusters of plumed seeds. While it attracts birds and pollinators, it does not attract deer, likely due to its toxicity.
Botanic name: Erythronium sp Common name: fawn lily Family: Liliaceae
From a pair of mottled leaves, a stem rises up to a foot in height and sprouts delicate sprigs of 1-3 flowers. Flower heads hang downward with the petal tips curved up. Once the flower has had a visit from a local pollinator, the stalk straightens and the flower head turns upward. Look for them throughout the garden – they are prolific!
Botanic name: Kalmiopsis fragrans Common name: North Umpqua kalmiopsis Family: Ericaceae
While once considered to be a form of Kalmiopsis leachiana, in 2007 this shrub was identified as a separate species. Growing anywhere from 3’ – 10 ‘ tall, its leaves are oblong in shape, a rich, deep green, and known to be sweetly aromatic. Flowers appear in early spring. Its native habitat is limited to a relatively small strip of land between the North and South Umpqua rivers in the Cascade mountains of Douglas County. There you will find it in the company of plants such as Oregon-Grape and western sword fern, much as you see here in the garden.
Botanic name: Ribes sanguineum Common name: red flowering currant Family: Grossulariaceae
Botanic name: Ribes sanguineum 'Pokey's Pink' Common name: Pokey’s Pink flowering currant Family: Grossulariaceae