Season: mid-June to mid-July
Habitat: Moist Montane Woods from the Montane to the Subalpine
Height: Up to 15 cm
Description: Queen's cup offers a surprising discovery along moist, western slope trails. It has several shiny, hairy, like-like leaves. From within the leaves, a single stem arises to terminate in a beautiful, white, six petaled flower. Rarely, there may be a second flower. Before long, the flower gives way to a single deep blue-purple berry.
Flower: The star-like flower has six white, outspread petals (tepals) and six yellow stamens. The flower is 1.5 to 2 cm across and usually occurs singly (sometimes 2 or 3) at the top of a hairy stem.
Leaf: There are 2 to 4 large, clasping basal leaves. The leaves are 8 to 20 cm long, 3-5 cm wide, shiny, and slightly fleshy.
Fruit/Seed: A shiny blue berry at the tip of the stem contains 10 to 15 black seeds. The berry is 6-12 mm long
Similar Species: None
Range: Queen's cup can be found along the Rocky Mountain Ridge ranging from southeast Alaska south to California.
Many Native Canadian groups used the berries were used to form a blue dye or stain. The Cowlitz and Bella Coola Indians used the plants to heal wounds or injuries to the eyes.
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