[Wildflower bloom in the Southern Washington Cascades: 2018]

Wildflower Bloom in the Cascade Mountains of Washington

Mt. Adams : Willard Springs Foot Trail (Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge)

May 1, 2018

Masses of plantain-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus alismifolius var. alismifolius) in bloom in wetlands along Kreps Lane, Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge.......May 1, 2018.

Masses of plantain-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus alismifolius var. alismifolius) in bloom in wetlands along Kreps Lane, Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge.......May 1, 2018. It is still early spring at Conboy Lake NWR (elevation ~1800') with the aspens and cottonwoods just starting to leaf out.

*indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Bracken Fern: Pteridium aquilinum ssp. pubescens - Fiddleheads arising from the ground.

Green-banded Mariposa Lily: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus - Basal leaves.

* Common Camas: Camassia quamash (var. brevistyla ?) - Beginning to bloom.

* Chocolate Lily: Fritillaria affinis var. affinis - Beginning to bloom.

Columbia Lily: Lilium columbianum - Leaves.

Star-flowered False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum stellatum - In bud.

Rein Orchid: Piperia species - Basal leaves only.

Common Bastard Toad-flax: Comandra umbellata var. californica - In bud.

* Red Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia rubra ssp. rubra

* Line-leaf Montia: Montia linearis

* Bigleaf Sandwort: Moehringia macrophyllum (formerly Arenaria macrophylla) - Beginning to bloom.

* Oregon Anemone: Anemone oregana var. oregana

Western Columbine: Aquilegia formosa var. formosa - Leaves.

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum -

* Plantain-leaved Buttercup: Ranunculus alismifolius var. alismifolius - Numerous out in Camas Prairie (as in the wet ground is solid yellow in places!).

* Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis -

* Swamp Buttercup: Ranunculus orthorhynchus var. orthorhynchus - Beginning to bloom.

* Shining Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium - Beginning to bloom.

* Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens - Beginning to bloom.

Brown's Peony: Paeonia brownii - Several plants with flower buds.

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna -

* Field Pepperweed: Lepidium heterophyllum - In bloom at refuge headquarters parking area.

Meadow Alumroot: Heuchera chlorantha - Basal leaves only.

* Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabrum (formerly Lithophragma bulbifera) - Fading out of bloom

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflora

* Straggly Currant: Ribes divaricatum

* Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia (var. )

Purple Marshlocks: Comarum palustre - Leaves present along the canal.

* Woods Strawberry: Fragaria vesca ssp. bracteata

* Broad-petal Strawberry: Fragaria virginiana ssp. platypetala

Sticky Cinquefoil: Potentilla glandulosa (var. ?) - In bud.

Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana (var. ?) - In bud. Inflorescence large bracted.

Antelope Bitterbrush: Purshia tridentata - Ready to bloom in the next few days.

Nevada Pea / Thick-leaved Peavine: Lathyrus lanszwertii var. aridus - Beginning to leaf out.

Spurred Lupine: Lupinus arbustus var. silvicola - In bud.

Large-leaf Lupine: Lupinus polyphyllus ssp. polyphyllus - Leaves.

* Baker's Violet: Viola bakeri

* Goosefoot Violet: Viola purpurea

* Indian Parsnip: Cymopterus foeniculaceus var. - Beginning to bloom.

Cow Parsnip: Heracleum maxima (formerly Heracleum lanatum) - Basal leaves only.

Fern-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum var. dissectum - Basal leaves only.

* Kinnikinnick: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi - Beginning to bloom.

Columbia Frasera: Frasera albicaulis var. columbiana

* Midget Phlox: Phlox gracilis (formerly Microsteris gracilis var. humilior) -

* Ballhead Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii - Fairly numerous

* Puccoon: Lithospermum ruderale - Beginning to bloom.

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora -

Twinflower: Linnaea borealis

Orange Honeysuckle: Lonicera ciliosa

Pathfinder: Adenocaulon bicolor - Basal leaves only.

Spearleaf Agoseris: Agoseris retrorsa - Basal leaves only.

Woodrush Pussytoes: Antennaria luzuloides

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana - Blooming along road into the Headquarters.

* Western Butterweed: Senecio integerrimus var. ochroleucus - Beginning to bloom.

* Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale


Animals Seen Along This Route:

Elk Herd

American Bittern

Common Ravens

Northern Flickers

Canada Geese

Blue-winged Teals

Mallards

Western Meadowlarks

Brewer's Blackbirds

Red-winged Blackbirds

European Starlings

Black-headed Grosbeaks (heard)

American Robins

Dark-eyed Juncos

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Yellowthroats

Yellow Warblers

Red-breasted Nuthatches

Garter Snake

Hairstreaks - Flying to fast to get pictures.


Paul Slichter