[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2014]

Wildflowers of the Canyon Mountain Trail #218

Strawberry Mt. Wilderness

May 29, 2014

Wildflowers in bloom on the Canyon Mountain Trail #218, Strawberry Mt. Wilderness: May 29, 2014

A view northeast across the upper John Day Valley towards the Greenhorn Mts from the Canyon Mountain Trail. Photographed onMay 29, 2014. Note the numerous few-flowered shoting stars (Dodecatheon pulchellum var. pulchellum) in the foreground.

* indicates wildflowers currently in bloom.

The Canyon Mt. Trail Road is now open to the trailhead. Although recently improved, the road currently has large swales (reminiscent of giant washboards) that are hazardous to low-slung vehicles and make your auto feel like a bucking and careening bronco. Hopefully the county road crew will get up there to blade and smooth out the road. Also keep a watch out for ATVs, 4WD vehicles, and dirt bikes speeding down the road or crossing the road via the numerous trails that criss-cross the route. The trail is free of snow at least through the first 2.5 miles (to the second creek crossing). Snow is melting fast here and this should cease to be a problem by mid-June.

American Wolf Lichen: Letharia columbiana

Wallace's Spikemoss: Selaginella wallacei

Indian's Dream: Aspidotis densa

Western Juniper: Juniperus occidentalis

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii

* Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

* Sandberg's Bluegrass: Poa secunda ssp. secunda ?

* Small Onion: Allium parvum

* Tolmie's Onion: Allium tolmiei var. tolmiei

Pacific Swamp Onion: Allium validum

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus

* Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum var. grandiflorum - Blooming under conifers at a bald 2 miles from the trailhead.

* Mission Bells: Fritillaria atropurpurea - Beginning to bloom.

False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule - In bud.

* Wartberry: Prosartes trachycarpa

* Panicled Deathcamas: Zigadenus paniculatus

* Fairy Slippers: Calypso bulbifera

Rattlesnake Plantain: Goodyera oblongifolia

Alaska Rein Orchid: Piperia unalascensis

* American Bistort: Bistorta bistortoides - Beginning to bloom.

Piper's Golden Buckwheat: Eriogonum flavum var. piperi

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum (var. ?)

* Bicolor Sulfur Flower Buckwheat: Eriogonum umbellatum var. dicrocephalum

* Western Springbeauty: Claytonia lanceolata - Blooming at higher elevations.

Claytonia - Past bloom.

* Bitterroot: Lewisia rediviva

Ballhead Sandwort: Eremogone congesta var. congesta - In bud.

* Brittle Sandwort: Minuartia nuttallii var. fragilis

* Bigleaf Sandwort: Moehringia macrophylla

Western Columbine: Aquilegia formosa

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

Sagebrush Buttercup: Ranunculus glaberrimus var. glaberrimus - Past bloom.

* Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens

* Nuttall's Draba: Draba densifolia

* Rough Wallflower: Erysimum capitatum var capitatum

* Alpine Pennycress: Noccaea fendleri ssp. glauca

* Western Twin Bladderpod: Physaria occidentalis ssp. occidentalis

* Heartleaf Jewelflower: Streptanthus cordatus

Lanceleaf Stonecrop: Sedum lanceolatum - In bud.

Alpine Alumroot: Heuchera cylindrica var. alpina - In bud.

* Bulblet Prairie Stars: Lithophragma bulbifera

Nesting Saxifrage: Micranthes nidifica (Saxifraga integrifolia var. leptopetala)

Mitrewort: Mitella stauropetala or Mitella trifida

* Western Mountain Saxifrage: Saxifraga occidentalis var. occidentalis

* Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum

* Sticky Currant: Ribes viscosissimum

* Cusick's Serviceberry: Amelanchier cusickii

* Mountain Mahogany: Cercocarpus ledifolius var. ledifolius - A plants still in bloom.

* Woods Strawberry: Fragaria vesca ssp. bracteata

* Prairie Smoke: Geum triflorum ssp. ciliatum

Sitka Burnet: Sanguisorba stipulata (S. canadensis)

Cascade Mountain Ash: Sorbus scopulina

* Idaho Milkvetch: Astragalus conjunctus var. conjunctus - Beginning to bloom.

* Whitney's Balloon Milkvetch: Astragalus whitneyi var. sonneanus

Lupine: Lupinus sp. - In bud.

* Hooked-spur Violet: Viola adunca

* Roundleaf Violet: Viola orbiculata

Goosefoot Violet: Viola purpurea ssp. venosa

Soapberry: Shepherdia canadensis

Fireweed: Chamerion angustifolium

* Small-flowered Willowherb: Epilobium minutum

* Fennel Cymopteris: Cymopterus terebinthinus var. foeniculaceus

* Glaucous Desert Parsley: Lomatium donnellii

* Henderson's Desert Parsley: Lomatium hendersonii

* Pinemat Manzanita: Arctostaphylos nevadensis

Pipsissewa: Chimaphila umbellata

Sidebells Wintergreen: Orthilia secunda

White-vein Wintergreen: Pyrola picta - In bud.

* Grouseberry: Vaccinium scoparium

* Desert Shooting Stars: Dodecatheon conjugens

* Tall Mountain Shooting Star: Dodecatheon jeffreyi

* Darkthroat Shooting Star: Dodecatheon pulchellum var. pulchellum

* Cusick's Elkweed: Frasera albicaulis var. cusickii - Beginning to bloom.

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis var. humilior

* Hood's Phlox: Phlox hoodii

* Ballhead Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. alpinum

* Cockscomb Cryptantha: Cryptantha celosioides

* Long-flowered Bluebells: Mertensia longiflora

* Wavy-leaf Paintbrush: Castilleja applegatei (var. pintetorum ?)

* Narrow-leaved Paintbrush: Castilleja linariifolia

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

* Dwarf Purple Monkeyflower: Mimulus nanus var. nanus

Shrubby Penstemon: Penstemon fruticosus var. fruticosus - In bud.

* Shrubby Bedstraw: Galium multiflorum or Serpentine Bedstraw: Galium serpenticum

Twinflower: Linnaea borealis

Black Twinberry: Lonicera involucrata - In bud.

Black Elderberry: Sambucus racemosa var. melanocarpa - In bud.

Mountain Snowberry: Symphoricarpos oreophilus

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium - In bud.

Pearly Everlasting: Anaphalis margaritacea

* Antennaria anaphaloides

* Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha - Still blooming well at higher elevations.

* Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia

* Serrate Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza serrata

Dusty Maidens: Chaenactis douglasii var. douglasii - In bud.

Palouse Thistle: Cirsium (brevifolium ?)

Western Hawksbeard: Crepis occidentalis - In bud.

Showy Rubber Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosa (var. speciosa ?)

* Scabland Fleabane: Erigeron bloomeri var. bloomeri - Beginning to bloom.

* Woolly Sunflower: Eriophyllum lanatum var. integrifolium - Beginning to bloom.

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri

* Nodding Microseris: Microseris nutans

* False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides

Woolly Groundsel: Packera cana - In bud.

* Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus

* Common Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale

* Salsify: Tragopogon dubius

Animals seen along this route:

Belding Ground Squirrels



Clarks Nutcrackers

Northern Flicker

Western Tanager

American Robins

Mountain Bluebirds

Chipping Sparrows

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Mountain Chickadee

Rock Wren

Milbert's Tortoiseshells



Hoover Flies


Honey Bees

Wildflowers in bloom on the Canyon Mountain Trail #218, Strawberry Mt. Wilderness: May 29, 2014 - Wildflowers in bloom on the Canyon Mountain Trail #218, Strawberry Mt. Wilderness: May 29, 2014

Wildflowers in bloom on the Canyon Mountain Trail #218, Strawberry Mt. Wilderness: May 29, 2014 - Wildflowers in bloom on the Canyon Mountain Trail #218, Strawberry Mt. Wilderness: May 29, 2014

Wildflowers in bloom on the Canyon Mountain Trail #218, Strawberry Mt. Wilderness: May 29, 2014

The upper left photo shows a view towards Canyon Mountain as seen from the trail about one quarter mile above the trailhead. Our trail explorations ended at the bald in the distance at left, about 2.5 miles away. The photo at upper right shows a view north across the John Day Valley from the same location. The middle left photo shows a view west towards the eastern end of the Aldrich Mts. with many few-flowered shooting stars in the foreground. The photo at middle right shows a view from a rocky point about 2.5 miles uphill from the trailhead up towards snow-covered Canyon Mt. The trail continues to the draw in the foreground, crosses a small creek, then continues to the left through conifer forest below the peaks. The lower-most photo shows a view northeast across the upper John Day Valley towards the Greenhorn Mts on the skyline at left, Dixie Butte at center and the snowy peaks of the Elkhorn Mts on the horizon at right. Taken at the same location from the previous photo.

Paul Slichter