J.B. Iler wrote:Does it stink? The app I'm using (Flora Incognita) says "Navarretia squarrosa". Online pictures do look right. It is native to the West Coast. I live in Oregon so I'll keep an eye out for it.
According to wikipedia, "Navarretia squarrosa (skunkbush, skunkweed, or California stinkweed) is a spreading annual plant from North America which is noted for its skunk-like odour."
Very interesting! Vancouver Island doesn't have skunk, but it does have skunk cabbage although I'm not aware of it on my property. The other day when I was in the area of that plant, I caught a whiff of a skunk-like smell, but it was pretty subtle, so I assumed it was "just on the breeze". I'm off to put ducklings to bed, so I'll take a closer smell. Thanks - I'll check out the wiki link when I get back.
Yes, I do believe you've nailed it! I'm thinking it's only showed up because the weather's been so weird here this year. No idea if it will stay or not, but since it's considered native, I'll let it be to do as it does.
The smell is quite mild compared to an actual skunk. Apparently if prepared correctly, the seeds are edible but fiddly. I find native Huckleberries difficult enough to harvest (the ones on our property are quite small), that I think I'll pass on attempting to check on the edibility of Navarretia squarrosa.