Indian Paintbrush, one of my favorite wildflowers. Comes in a variety of colors and grows on the plains as well as in wooded areas and meadows. These two were in Glacier National Park, Montana, but Mt. Rainer National Park is also known for paintbrush varieties. Photo by Pat Snyder.
Poet’s Shooting Star. This species is found almost in every county in Oregon & generally widespread throughout region. Shooting Star of more open, sunny areas & drier woodlands. In the wild it is often found along seepages and other areas that give abundant springtime moisture followed by necessary dry conditions in summer, when the D. poeticum is dormant. The flowers (generally 5) cluster at the top of the slender flowering stem, but this one is shorter rising only 2-10" above leaves.