Jul. 4, 2018

littleleaf mock-orange, Philadelphus microphyllus

Idaho's state wildflower is Lewis' mock-orange, Philadelphus lewisii. Again, there is no image available, but littleleaf is a very close relative that lives a little farther south. The long straight twigs of both species were used by Indians for weaving mats and baskets, and for necessarily straight items like arrows. This species is now planted in arid gardens. Littleleaf grows in dry, often rocky sites in Mexico, and north to AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, TX, UT, and WY. Mesa Verde National Park, Montezuma Co CO, 6/22/13.