Common Name: Moptops, a nice accent to a native rock garden

Common Name: Moptops, a nice accent to a native rock garden
  • Common Names: Western Pasque Flower, Old Man of the Mountain, Moptops
  • Binomial Name: Anemone occidentalis
  • Soil Type: Well-drained
  • Sunlight: Medium to full sun
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Flower: White to Pink

Best known for its hairy, feather like achenes (fluffy seed heads) the western pasque flower finds a home in the high meadows and rocky slopes of the American West.  An early bloomer, this Pacific Northwest native evokes thoughts of Dr. Seuss as it waves in the late summer wind.

The scientific name for western pasque flower (Anemone occidentalis) comes from the Greek anemos (meaning wind or breath) and mone (meaning habitat) while occidentalis means western in Latin. Moptops, as some affectionately call them, like full sun and well-drained soil and make a nice accent to a native rock garden. To see these plants in the wild, hike the Snowgrass Flats Trail in mid to late summer in the Goat Rocks Wilderness or take a scenic drive up to Sunrise Lodge on the east side of Mount Rainier National Park.

This Native Plant of the Month is brought to you by the City of Beaverton’s Landscape and Urban Forestry Department. Visit Clean Water Service’s Native Plant Finder webpage for interactive questions to help you find the right native plant to fit your needs!