Shelley’s comment that she enjoyed seeing Washington plants got me thinking that though I have featured rhodendendrons, Washington’s state flower, I have been neglecting native plants for the sake of showier plants to be found in the Point Defiance Rose Garden, and those in the front garden of the house I recently purchased.

So, I set out to deliberately take pictures of Washington natives, as featured in the Native Garden in Point Defiance.

I was shocked when I was confronted by this 6 foot tall beauty as I entered the garden:

Know as Monkshood, it’s apparentlly a very widespread plant, one that’s infamous for its poisonous abilities.