The Book

Wildflowers of the Olympics and Cascades

By Charles Stewart

Charles Stewart published his first wildflower book in 1972 titledĀ Wildflowers of the Olympics. It consisted of 100 common wildflowers that can be found in Olympic National Park and surrounding area. It was well received for it was one of the first wildflower books to appear on the market in full color. The book was expanded in 1988 to 192 common wildflowers of both the Olympic and Cascade ranges. The current book, the third edition, has 224 color photographs of common wildflowers distributed from British Columbia to northern California, as well as 40 additional wildflowers described in text.

A biologist and college teacher for thirty years, now retired, the author began taking pictures of plants when, when as a graduate student, he was a seasonal ranger-naturalist at Bryce Canyon National Park. Subsequent to that, he was a summer seasonal naturalist for the California park state system. Later he spent fourteen summers as a ranger-naturalist at Olympic National Park. Between teaching a course in natural history for many years and the lengthy park experience, the author was able to create this handy identifier of common Northwest wildflowers.

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Pioneer Violet
Pioneer Violet
American Globeflower
American Globeflower
Spreading Phlox
Spreading Phlox
Magenta Paintbrush
Magenta Paintbrush