Crater Lake National Park Plants

Crater Lake National Park Plants
The biggest show at Crater Lake National Park is its namesake, Crater Lake, which is, by some measurements, the deepest in the Western Hemisphere. However, the thriving flora of the park is equally impressive and has been relatively unencumbered by invasive species throughout its history.

Trees

Crater Lake National Park features 50,000 acres of old-growth forest. The top types include pines, firs and hemlocks. Recently, the whitebark pines have been besieged by blister rust, which has been killing them.

Mosses

Sphagnum Bog in the northwest part of the park is a breeding ground for all kinds of moss. Beyond that, in the deeps of Crater Lake are massive mosses that are more than 4,000 years old.

Ferns

The botrichium pumicola is the rarest fern at Crater Lake and grows only on the highest pumice slopes. Besides this, there are more than 20 fern species in the park.

Shrubs

There are 35 species of fruit-bearing bushes throughout Crater Lake, with the most common being the nonedible red berry-bearing Crater Lake currant.

Flowers

Wildflower gardens dot the park, filled with a variety of local plants. The park holds many varieties of sunflowers, irises, bell flowers, morning glories, geraniums, primroses, buttercups and roses.

Article Written By Vincent Runyon

Vincent Runyon is a writer working out of Portland, Ore. His work has been featured in "The Oregon Voice" and "Portland Monthly." Runyon received two bachelor's degrees from the University of Oregon. His greatest passions are traveling to new and different places and enjoying a good basketball game. Usually the two are mutually exclusive.

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