Monday, June 2, 2008


Erythronium grandiflorum Dog Tooth violet
Viola adunca Blue Violet
Viola purpurea Yellow Violet
Mahonia repens Oregon Grape
Claytonia lanceolata Spring Beauty
Caltha leptosepala Marsh marigold
Went flower hunting in the high Uintas Sunday, but couldn't get all the way to the top because the snow piled beside the road was higher than my head and a big snow plow/grader blocked the way. Found some lovely flowers down where the snow was melting, though.

One thing I don't understand is why the yellow violet is called Viola purpurea. Shouldn't that be what the blue violet is called? And why the heck do we call it a blue violet when it's really purple? Why not just call a violet a violet and the other one a yellow jobber?

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