View Full Version : Need info on American Twinflower

09-02-2008, 08:46 PM
Is anyone familiar with this flower? I'm writing an historical set in 1866 Seattle. I needed a wildflower that was fragrant and bloomed from July to September and wasn't toxic. The only thing I could find was the American Twinflower.

I see it is in the Honeysuckle family, but we don't have them here. I've found specifications for it on the internet, but I need some info that only a person who has harvested them would know. Here are my questions:

Is is easy/hard to harvest? Iow, are they hard to pick? Hard to find? Hard to hold in your hand?
Are the stems flimsy or firm?
Do the petals bruise easily?
What does it smell like?
Is the inside of the bloom sticky the way honeysuckles are?
What are their growth patterns? (Do they cover vast amounts of ground or do they only grow sporadically?)
Can my MC ... put them in a vase?
... make a sachet with them?
... weave them in her hair?
... pin them to a lapel?
How long do they survive in water (or a vase)?
Are there any distinguishing features I need to know about?

Anything you can tell me would be extremely helpful!

Thanks! ddg

09-03-2008, 02:10 AM
Hi ddg - I certainly wouldn't pick Twinflower as a flower of choice for your WIP. I'm in Ohio and they also grow in Ohio, but like most low evergreen type woodland plants they wouldn't be ones to pick and put in a bouquet (or in a lapel). Also, with the emphasis these days on not picking not-so-common native plants, I'd really stay away from it.

Options: Any of the Asters, Fireweed, Cascade Penstemon, wild Rose, Mountain Sweet Cicely, Mountain Pasqueflower, any of the Artemesias, Bur Marigold, Beggar's Ticks, Harebells - plus others - these are all for Snohomish County. The website I looked at was


Hope that helps a bit. Puma

Tsu Dho Nimh
09-03-2008, 03:49 AM

Columbines ... faintly fragrant, grow wild all over the place and you can eat the sweet nectar in the tips of the petals.