Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Valeriana sitchensis -- (Sitka Valerian)

photos by Susan McDougall


Valeriana sitchensis

The strong scent of this common subalpine plant provides unmistakable evidence of its presence; the rounded flower clusters on tall stems confirm the identity. Often growing alongside trails, the plants may be reduced in size in shaded settings.

Location: Reflection Lakes, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: July 31, 2013

Author: Susan McDougall
Reflection Lakes, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7684, -121.7277, 4840
Date: July 31, 2013
Valeriana sitchensis

The leaves are opposite, toothed and lancelike to oval in form; they can be quite variable. In open habitat, the plants may reach four feet in height.

Location: Louise Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: July 9, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Louise Lake, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7713, -121.7144, 4657
Date: July 9, 2014

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