• Globeflower (Trollius) blooming in the meadows of Pralongia, Dolomites of Italy
  • Edelweiss near Passo Gardena, Dolomites of Italy
  • Gentianella (German gentian) in a Dolomites meadow

Mountain Flowers

…flowers, so blue and golden,
Stars, that in earth’s firmament do shine.

–HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, Flowers

Here is a catalog of mountain wildflowers we’ve enjoyed on Mountain Hiking Holidays around the world. From Europe, to South America, to Japan, these glorious gems of the mountains enrich our journeys along the trail! Enjoy!

Iwakagami
Schizocodon soldanelloides
The flowers are reminiscent of a Soldanella, hence the specific name soldanelloides (“in the form of a Soldanella”). Photographed on the trail to Minamiryugabamba, Hakusan National Park. July 17, 2011.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Snowbell
Soldanella alpina
A member of the Primula family. Among the first flowers to bloom in the high mountains of Europe often pushing through the snow cover. to do so. Photographed on the trail to Rifugio Fonda Savio, Italian Dolomites, July 5, 2010.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Fire Lily
Lilium bulbiferum
Known as Giglio rosso in Italian. Photographed on the trail between Passo Gardena and Colfosco, Cir Group, Dolomites. July 22, 2009.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Common Twayblade
Listera ovata
An orchid known as Großes Zweiblatt (in German) or Listera maggiore (in Italian). Photographed on the trail from Passo Tre Croce to Rifugio Vandelli in the Sorapiss mountain group, Dolomites. July 25, 2009.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Iris des Pyrénées
Iris latifolia
Growing in the Vallée des Pouey Aspé above Gavarnie. July 2009.

« PHOTO BY: Amy Boyce Osaki

Ladies’ Tresses
Spiranthes sp
Known by the Japanese common name “nejibana” meaning “twisting flower.” Member of the orchid family. Growing on the slopes of Iwaonupuri, Niseko region, Hokkaido, Japan, August 29, 2008.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Giboshi
Hosta rectifolia
Known by the Japanese common name “tachigiboushi” (タチギボウシ). Growing near O-numa on the Niseko Circuit hike, Hokkaido, Japan. Photographed on August 29, 2008.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Wintergreen
Gaultheria pyroloides
Known by the Japanese common name “shiratamanoki” meaning “tree of white balls.” Growing on the slopes of the Tarumae volcano, Hokkaido, Japan. Photographed on August 28, 2008.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Scarlet Avens
Geum coccineum
Growing near Popovo Ezero, Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria. June 19, 2008.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Burnt Orchid
Orchis ustulata
Growing in wet meadow near the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria. June 17, 2008.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Fuegian Edelweiss
Leucheria leontopodioides
Not really an edelweiss, but a member of the aster family growing on the slopes of Cerro del Medio, Fuegian Andes, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. February 25, 2008.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Amancay
Alstroemeria aurea
Photographed on February 29, 2008 on the trail from Villa Catedral to Laguna Tonchek, Nahuel Huapi National Park, Argentina.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Japanese Monkshood
Aconitum japonicum
Known in Japanese as “yamatorikabuto.” Sounkyo Gorge, Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido, Japan, September 11, 2007.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Alpine Bearberry
Arctous alpinus
The leaves of the alpine bearberry (known as “urashimatsutsuji,” in Japanese) in fall splendor. Photographed on the slopes of Midori-dake in Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido, Japan, September 11, 2007.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Hokkaido Gentian
Gentiana sp
Photographed near Sugatami Ponds in Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido, Japan, September 10, 2007. Known as “Ezo yamarindou” (エゾヤマリンドウ) in Japanese.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Azorean Bellflower
Azorina vidalii
An Azorean endemic. Growing just above the breaking waves at the base of the sea cliffs on the north coast of Sao Jorge island in the Azores. Photographed on August 6, 2006.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

St. Dabeoc’s Heath
Daboecia cantabrica azorica
Growing on the slopes of the Pico volcano, island of Pico, the Azores. Photographed on August 4, 2006.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Alpine Pink
Dianthus microlepis
June 28, 2002 en route between Bunderitsa Valley and Popina Luka, Pirin National Park, Bulgaria.

« PHOTO BY: Nancy Chapman

Giant Pink
Dianthus giganteus
June 30, 2002 in the meadows at Popovi Livadi, Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria.

« PHOTO BY: Nancy Chapman

Thracian Flax
Linum thracium
June 28, 2002 en route between Bunderitsa Valley and Popina Luka, Pirin National Park, Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria.

« PHOTO BY: Nancy Chapman

Pyrenean Gentian
Gentiana pyrenaica
June 21, 2002 in the meadows surrounding the Musalenski Ezera (Musala Lakes), Rila National Park, Rila Mountains, Bulgaria.

« PHOTO BY: Nancy Chapman

Dwarf Rock Cress
Aubrieta gracilis
June 25, 2002 in meadows around the Bunderishki Ezera (“Bunderitsa Lakes”), Pirin National Park, Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria.

« PHOTO BY: Nancy Chapman

Heart-leaved Leopardsbane
Doronicum columnae
June 27, 2002 near Popovo Ezero (“Priest Lake”), Pirin National Park, Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria.

« PHOTO BY: Nancy Chapman

Edelweiss
Leontopodium alpinum
September 2000 at the Miradores de Ordesa, Ordesa-Monte Perdido National Park, Aragonese Pyrenees, Spain. Perhaps the most romantic member of the daisy family (Compositae). Its German name means “noble (or, precious) white.” It is also known as: Pied de lion, or étoile d’argent (French, “lion’s foot,” or “silver star”); stella alpina (Italian, “alpine star”); szarotka alpejska (Polish, found in the Tatra Mountains); flor de nieve (Spanish, “flower of snow”); edelvaîs (Bulgarian, found in the Pirin Mountains).

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Devil’s Claw
Physoplexis comosa
July 2007, Sylvesterscharte, Puez Group, Dolomites, Italy.

« PHOTO BY: Steve Zimmermann

Quitameriendas
Merendera bulbocodium
September 2000 at the Miradores de Ordesa, Ordesa-Monte Perdido National Park, Aragonese Pyrenees, Spain.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Acanthus-leaved Carline Thistle
Carlina acanthifolia
September 1999 in the Circo de Pineta, Aragonese Pyrenees, Spain.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Bear’s Ears
Ramonda pyrenaica
Near the village of Sercue, Añisclo Canyon, Ordesa-Monte Perdido National Park, Aragonese Pyrenees, Spain. A Pyrenean endemic.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Moss Campion
Silene acaulis
July 1999 in the Gaube Valley below the Hourquette d’Ossoue, Pyrenees National Park, France.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Butterwort
Pinguicula grandiflora
Añisclo Canyon, Ordesa-Monte Perdido National Park, Aragonese Pyrenees, Spain.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Rusty Alpenrose
Rhododendron ferrugineum
North slope of the Cadini Range near Rifugio Citta di Carpi, Dolomites, Italy.

« PHOTO BY: Amy Boyce Osaki

Rhaetian Poppy
Papaver rhaeticum
On the slopes of Monte Civetta, Dolomites, Italy.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Pink Cinquefoil
Potentilla nitida
Monte Popena above Lago di Misurina, Dolomites, Italy.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

German Gentian
Gentianella germanica
Slopes of Monte Paterno below Pian di Cengia, Dolomites, Italy.

« PHOTO BY: John Osaki

Willow-leaved Gentian
Gentiana asclepiadea
September 2002 on trail to Lago di Sorapiss, Italian Dolomites.

« PHOTO BY: Marta Rojas

Vanilla Orchid
Nigritella nigra corneliana
July 2003 on trail to Refuge Cougourde, Mercantour National Park, France.

« PHOTO BY: Amy Boyce Osaki

Slider photos are by AMY BOYCE OSAKI. Other photos as credited.

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