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Heather Meadow

Heather Meadow

There are already some changes to the flowers that are blooming in Paradise Meadows! The tiny fern-leaved goldthread has already finished – it blooms so quickly that you have to visit early in the season to see the flower, although the leaves are still present.

Slender bog-orchid (Platanthera stricta)

Slender bog-orchid (Platanthera stricta)

A few examples of the greenish slender bog-orchid are blooming, most notably in the patch of beautiful pink shootingstar on the east side of the Centennial Trail.

Leatherleaf Saxifrage (Leptarrhena pyrolifolia)

Leatherleaf Saxifrage (Leptarrhena pyrolifolia)

Some leatherleaf saxifrage are flowering – the small white clusters are hardly ever noticed, although the seed pods that emerge later are a striking red colour.

The black twinberry shrub near the waterfall platform is blooming. Sitka valerian, white rhododendron and white mountain-heather are just about to burst into bloom. Leaves of deer-cabbage, Indian hellebore, partridgefoot, bracted lousewort, and sickletop lousewort are notable in the meadows.

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