I’ve seen the dogwood flowers and the strawberry blossoms blooming, so it’s time to revisit the white flowers of the Yukon wildflower season.
The mountain avens is circumpolar, too, and in North America it follows the Cascade Range south to the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon. It’s the provincial flower of the Northwest Territories, and in some areas of Nunavut, it has an important job informing hunters when to start hunting caribou. When the little seed plumes begin to untwist, the time is right.
The last white wildflower in our visit is one you’ll probably recognize right off the bat. Yep, the blossoms below are from the wild strawberry. There’s a big patch of wild strawberries blooming right now in the ditch in front of my house.
The only distasteful thing about wild strawberry plants is the company they keep. They like to hang out with my own archenemy of the plant world—poison ivy. It is, you know, its close association with the criminal plant element that earned the wild strawberry the wild part of its name. So if you live where there is poison ivy (There’s none in the Yukon; that’s why I live here.) and you like picking wild strawberries, you’ll want to make sure you know what poison ivy looks like so you can avoid the itchy misery that touching any part of that nasty plant can bring. That way you can enjoy your bounty of beautiful berries without oozing blisters.
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