[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2011]

Logan Valley

Malheur National Forest

(includes vernally wet meadows, riparian areas, upland shrub-scrub and upland coniferous)

August 2-4, 2011

Hairy Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza hookeri var. hirsuta

Hairy Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza hookeri var. hirsuta

* indicates wildflowers currently in bloom.

Comprehensive Plant List for Logan Valley


Lodgepole Pine: Pinus contorta var. latifolia

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Mountain Alder: Alnus incana ssp. tenuifolia

Quaking Aspen: Populus tremuloides

Scouler's Willow: Salix scouleriana ?

* Lakeshore Sedge: Carex lenticularis var. lipocarpa ? - Blooming along Big Creek.

Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri

* Nebraska Sedge: Carex nebrascensis

* Short-bead Sedge: Carex simulata

* Meadow Foxtail: Alopecurus (pratensis ?)

* Pinegrass: Calamagrostis rubescens

Brome: Bromus commutatus, japonicus, etc

* Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

North African Grass: Ventenata dubia

* Waterplantain: Alisma (gramineum ?)

* Bigpod Mariposa: Calochortus eurycarpus - Fading out of bloom.

Douglas' Cluster Lily: Triteleia grandiflora ssp. grandiflora - Just past bloom.

* Hyacinth Cluster Lily: Triteleia hyacinthina - Still blooming in moist sedge meadows in the west portion of the valley.

Western Blue Flag: Iris missouriensis - Past bloom.

* Stinging Nettles: Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis

Different-leaved Water-starwort: Callitriche (heterophylla ?) - Seen along streams at the wildlife viewing area.

* Parsnipflower Buckwheat: Eriogonum heracleoides var. heracleoides

* Sulfur Flower Buckwheat: Eriogonum umbellatum (var. ellipticum ?) - Beginning to bloom.

* Sulfur Flower Buckwheat: Eriogonum umbellatum (var. subalpinum ?) - Cream-flowered forms. Fading out of bloom.

Prostrate Knotweed: Polygonum aviculare

* Douglas' Knotweed: Polygonum douglasii

Curly Dock: Rumex crispus - Fruits maturing.

Bitter Dock: Rumex obtusifolius - Fruits maturing.

Water Montia: Montia chamissoi - Past bloom.

Ballhead Sandwort: Eremogone congesta var. congesta

* Douglas's Catchfly: Silene douglasii

* Menzie's Catchfly: Silene menziesii - Fading out of bloom.

* Longstalk Starwort: Stellaria longipes ssp. longipes ? (or S. longifolia?)

Sugarbowls: Clematis hirsutissima - Nearly going to seed.

* Dwarf Larkspur: Delphinium depauperatum - Fading out of bloom.

* Rocky Mountain Larkspur: Delphinium stachydeum

Western Meadowrue: Thalictrum (occidentale ?)

Brown's Peony: Paeonia brownii

* Sticky Cutleaf Tansymustard: Descurainia incisa ssp. viscosa - Fading out of bloom except in wet places.

Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum - Berries forming.

Broadpetal Strawberry: Fragaria virginiana spp. platypetala

Rydberg's Largeleaf Avens: Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum

* Big-headed Horkelia: Horkelia fusca ssp. capitata - Still blooming in the south valley.

Elmer's Cinquefoil: Potentilla gracilis var. elmeri

* Slender Cinquefoil: Potentilla gracilis var. fastigiata

Antelope Bitterbrush: Purshia tridentata

* Annual Burnet: Sanguisorba occidentalis

* Birdsfoot Trefoil: Lotus corniculatus

* Spurred Lupine: Lupinus arbustus - Fading out of bloom.

* Prairie Lupine: Lupinus lepidus var. aridus - Fading out of bloom.

* Velvet Lupine: Lupinus leucophyllus - Fading out of bloom.

* Yellow Sweetclover: Melilotus officinalis

* Golden Clover: Trifolium aureum - Still in bloom along streams at the wildlife viewing area.

Cup Clover: Trifolium cyathiferum - Past bloom.

* Hansen's Clover: Trifolium longipes var. hansenii - Still in bloom along streams at the wildlife viewing area.

* White Clover: Trifolium repens

* White-tip Clover: Trifolium variegatum - Still in bloom along streams at the wildlife viewing area.

* Sticky Geranium: Geranium viscosissimum (var. ?)

* Oregon Checkermallow: Sidalcea oregana

* Tinker's Penny: Hypericum anagalloides

* Fireweed: Chamerion angustifolium - Beginning to bloom along Big Creek.

* Enchanter's Nightshade: Circaea alpina ssp. pacifica

* Annual Willowherb: Epilobium brachycarpum

* Diffuse Groundsmoke: Gayophytum diffusum (ssp. parviflorum ?)

* Gray's Lovage: Ligusticum grayi

Common Sweet-cicely: Osmorhiza berteroi

* Bolander's Yampah: Perideridia bolanderi ssp. bolanderi

* Rangers Buttons: Sphenoscadium capitellatum

Pinedrops: Pterospora andromedea

Grouseberry: Vaccinium scoparium

* Prairie Skyrocket: Ipomopsis aggregata - Beginning to bloom.

* Brewer's Navarretia: Navarretia breweri - Fading out of bloom.

* Prickly Navarretia: Navarretia intertexta var. propinqua - Fading out of bloom.

* Harkness' Linanthus: Linanthus harkenessii

Prickly Phlox: Linanthus pungens - Past bloom.

Western Polemonium: Polemonium occidentale - In bud along Big Creek.

* Purple Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. alpinum - Fading out of bloom.

* Smaller Forget-me-not: Myosotis laxa

* Eastside Popcornflower: Plagiobothrys hispidulus

* Field Mint: Mentha canadensis (M. arvense) - Beginning to bloom.

* Selfheal: Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolata

* Narrowleaf Skullcap: Scutellaria angustifolia (var. ?)

* Cusick's Paintbrush: Castilleja cusickii - Fading out of bloom.

* Slender Indian Paintbrush: Castilleja gracillima - Fading out of bloom.

* Pale Wallowa Paintbrush: Castilleja oresbia ? - Fading out of bloom.

* Annual White Paintbrush: Castilleja tenuis - Still in bloom along streams at the wildlife viewing area.

* Bushy Bird's Beak: Cordylanthus ramosus - Fading out of bloom.

* Dalmatian Toadflax: Linaria dalmatica

* Common Monkeyflower: Mimulus guttatus - Past bloom except where moist.

* Primrose Monkeyflower: Mimulus primuloides - Still in bloom along streams at the wildlife viewing area.

* Yellow Owlclover: Orthocarpus luteus

Elephant Heads: Pedicularis groenlandica - Going to seed.

Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus

* Northern Bedstraw: Galium boreale

* Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Rosy Pussytoes: Antennaria rosea

* Leafy Arnica: Arnica chamissonis ssp. foliosa- Still blooming in wetlands along Big Creek.

* Little Sagebrush: Artemisia arbuscula (ssp. arbuscula ?) - Beginning to bloom.

* Hoary Sagebrush: Artemisia cana ssp cana - Beginning to bloom.

* Douglas' Wormwood: Artemisia douglasiana

* Western Wormwood: Artemisia (ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana ?)

Western Wormwood: Artemisia ludoviciana (ssp. candicans ?) - Beginning to bloom.

Mountain Big Sagebrush: Artemisia tridentata ssp. vaseyana - Inflorescences forming.

* Spotted Knapweed: Centaurea stoebe - Beginning to bloom along FS Rd 16 east of Big Creek.

* Dusty Maidens: Chaenactis douglasii var. douglasii - Fading out of bloom.

* Green Rabbitbrush: Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus (ssp. ?) - Beginning to bloom.

* Chicory: Cichorum intybus

Elk Thistle: Cirsium scariosum - Past bloom.

* Bull Thistle: Cirsium vulgare - Beginning to bloom.

* Tapertip Hawksbeard: Crepis acuminata - Fading out of bloom.

* Hoary Aster: Dieteria canescens var. canescens

* Rabbitbrush Goldenweed: Ericameria bloomeri ? - Beginning to bloom.

* Showy Rubber Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosa (var. speciosa ?) - Beginning to bloom.

* Foothills Daisy: Erigeron corymbosus

* Woolly Sunflower: Eriophyllum lanatum (var. lanatum ?)

* Blanketflower: Gaillardia aristata

* Idaho Gumweed: Grindelia nana var. nana - Beginning to bloom.

* Mountain Tarweed: Madia glomerata

* Woolly Groundsel: Packera cana - Fading out of bloom.

* Streambank Groundsel: Packera pseudaurea var. pseudaurea - Blooming along Big Creek.

* Tacky Goldenweed: Pyrrocoma hirta var. hirta

Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus - Going to seed.

* Tall Butterweed: Senecio serra

* Rocky Mountain Goldenrod: Solidago lepida var. salebrosa

* Leafy Aster: Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. parryi

* Western Mountain Aster: Symphyotrichum spathulatum var. spathulatum - Beginning to bloom.

* Common Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale

* Yellow Salsify: Tragopogon dubius

Animals Observed in the Logan Valley Area:

Pronghorn Antelope - One herd of 14 (including young) visible in the valley south of FS Rd 16.

Red Squirrels - Nesting robins observed chasing a red squirrel out of the trees next to their nest.

Beldings Ground Squirrels


Turkey Vultures - Two are using a snag next to the junction of FS Rd 16 and Lake Creek Camp Road as a night-time roost.

Red-tailed Hawks

Great Horned Owl - Heard at night time.


Sandhill Cranes - A pair observed next to FS Rd 16, many others heard throughout the valley.

Long-billed Curlews - Heard at various locations across the valley.



Northern Flickers

Hairy Woodpecker


Brewer's Blackbirds

Western Tanagers

Western Wood Peewees

Robins - Numerous

Mountain Bluebirds

Western Meadowlarks

Chipping Sparrows

Vesper Sparrows ?

Dark-eyed Juncos

Violet-green Swallows

Mountain Chickadees

Wood Nymphs - Swarms of them on the shrubby asteraceae.



Small Red Dragonflies

Mosquitos - Bothersome at times.

Paul Slichter