[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2013]

Logan Valley

Malheur National Forest

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

July 17-19, 2013

Hairy Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza hookeri var. hirsuta

Hairy Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza hookeri var. hirsuta. This species typically blooms around Memorial Day in Logan Valley.

As of the middle of July, Logan Valley is mostly dry with some late season flowers still in bloom. They look in better shape at the west end of the valley which is wetter, or along the several creeks which cross the valley from north to south.
* indicates wildflowers currently in bloom.

Comprehensive Plant List for Logan Valley

Brown-eyed Wolf Lichen: Letharia columbiana

Lodgepole Pine: Pinus contorta var. latifolia

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Mountain Alder: Alnus incana ssp. tenuifolia

Quaking Aspen: Populus tremuloides

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

Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri

* Short-bead Sedge: Carex simulata

* Small-fruited Bulrush: Scirpus microcarpus

* Meadow Foxtail: Alopecurus (pratensis ?)

* Pinegrass: Calamagrostis rubescens ?

* Columbia Brome: Bromus vulgaris ?

* Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

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

* Stinging Nettles: Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis

* Parsnipflower Buckwheat: Eriogonum heracleoides var. heracleoides - Fading out of bloom.

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

* Douglas' Knotweed: Polygonum douglasii

Curly Dock: Rumex crispus - Fruits maturing.

Ballhead Sandwort: Eremogone congesta (var. congesta ?)

Brown's Peony: Paeonia brownii

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

* Western Yellowcress: Rorippa curvisiliqua

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

* Western Black Currant: Ribes hudsonianum var. petiolare - Only blooming along Big Creek.

Rydberg's Largeleaf Avens: Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum

* Birdsfoot Trefoil: Lotus corniculatus - Spreading?

* 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

* Sticky Geranium: Geranium viscosissimum (var. ?)

* Oregon Checkermallow: Sidalcea oregana

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

Annual Willowherb: Epilobium brachycarpum - In bud.

* Common Willowherb: Epilobium ciliatum ssp. ciliatum

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

* Gray's Lovage: Ligusticum grayi

* Bolander's Yampah: Perideridia bolanderi ssp. bolanderi

* Prairie Skyrocket: Ipomopsis aggregata

* Harkness' Linanthus: Linanthus harkenessii

* Western Polemonium: Polemonium occidentale - Only blooming along Big Creek.

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

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

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

* Dalmatian Toadflax: Linaria dalmatica

* Lewis' Monkeyflower: Mimulus lewisii

* Musk Monkeyflower: Mimulus moschatus

* Northern Bedstraw: Galium boreale

* Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Rosy Pussytoes: Antennaria rosea - Fading out of bloom.

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

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

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

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

Elk Thistle: Cirsium scariosum - Past bloom.

* Bull Thistle: Cirsium vulgare - Beginning to bloom.

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

Rabbitbrush Goldenweed: Ericameria bloomeri ? - Beginning to bloom.

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

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

* Blanketflower: Gaillardia aristata

* Mountain Tarweed: Madia glomerata

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

* Tall Butterweed: Senecio serra

* Rocky Mountain Goldenrod: Solidago lepida var. salebrosa

* Long-leaved Aster: Symphyotrichum ascendens - Begining to bloom.

* Leafy Aster: Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. parryi - Beginning to bloom.

* Common Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale

Yellow Salsify: Tragopogon dubius- Past bloom.

Animals Observed in the Logan Valley Area:

Pronghorn Antelope - One doe and 2 calves

Red Squirrels

Least Chipmunks

Turkey Vultures

Red-tailed Hawks



Great Horned Owl - Heard at night time.

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

Northern Flickers

Hairy Woodpeckers - pair

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers - pair

Belted Kingfisher

Clark's Nutcrackers

Brewer's Blackbirds

Red-winged Blackbirds

Western Tanagers

Western Wood Peewees

American Robins - Numerous

Mountain Bluebirds - Numerous

Western Meadowlarks

Evening Grosbeaks

Red Crossbills

Cassin's Finches

Chipping Sparrows

Vesper Sparrows

Dark-eyed Juncos

Tree Swallows

Violet-green Swallows

Lazuli Buntings

Mountain Chickadees

Warbling Vireos


Yellow Warblers

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Wood Nymphs


Mosquitos - Occasional

Paul Slichter