One of the surprises of my trip to Seattle was how familiar many of the wildflowers were to me as well as lots of the plants we saw in the gardens we visited. Foxgloves were in abundance and at last I discovered what exactly fireweed is as often mentioned on American blogs. Here we know it as Rosebay willowherb aka Epilobium angustifolium.
One plant which had me puzzled was a swathe of pink often seen at the side of the road as we swept by in our bus. Bright Barbie pink and rampant, it mocked me from the side of the road. Victoria had an idea of what it was, but it wasn't until we reached her namesake city on Vancouver Island that I managed to at last get up close and personal and confirm her diagnosis:
It's the perennial sweet pea, Lathyrus latifolius, a native of Europe and sadly not perfumed like its more familiar annual cousin Lathyrus odorata. Most of the time I saw the bright pink form, but here you can see the duskier and white variations I also found adorning the sea cliffs towards Oak Bay. I wonder if the other wild flowers I've highlighted today are also European introductions and if seeing them is as controversial as say Himalayan balsam or Japanese knotweed are over here. I wonder if my American friends didn't see these flowers as streetside delights like I did?
Once again it's a pleasure to participate in Gail's Wildflower Wednesday meme, do head over to her blog to see what else is on view for today :)