The nodding bell shaped flowers of Fritillaria meleagris are unmistakeable for their snake skin markings. This British wild flower bulb is now protected and rarely seen in its native meadows, but will always attract attention in a woodland garden, rockery, or naturalised in grass.
Fireweed (Epilobium spp.): --shoots are edible raw. --young leaves are edible raw. --flowers are edible raw. --flower bud clusters can be cooked as vegetable. --stem pith can be added to soups as thickener. --varieties in the Pacific Northwest are Common fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) and Dwarf fireweed (Epilobium latifolium). --grows in open, disturbed areas in foothill, montane, alpine and subalpine regions. warning: may act as a laxtative if eaten in quantity.