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Self-Heal

Self-Heal

Self-Heal (Prunella vulgaris) is a perennial of the Mint family. It can be found at low and middle elevations in June, often seen as a purplish ground cover in lawns and clearings. Traditionally, the plant has been widely used for healing purposes by native peoples. The Quinault and Quileute indians were known to put the […]

Oxeye daisy

Oxeye daisy

The Oxeye daisy (Leucanthamum vulgare), an early summer favorite, is plentiful on the North Olympic Peninsula, often amassed in fields and along roadsides. Many would believe it is a native of the region, but this flower originates in Europe and Asia.

Last rodent standing: the Mountain Beaver

Last rodent standing: the Mountain Beaver

Along the coastline of the northern Olympic Peninsula, a relatively obscure rodent has been burrowing out an existence beneath stands of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) and western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) for centuries. Known commonly as “mountain beaver,” no relation to the North American Beaver (Castor canadensis), has been called many names, notably boomer, ground bear, giant […]

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