[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2018]

Wildflowers of Cottonwood Canyon State Park: Hard Stone Trail

Sherman County, Oregon

March 10, 2018

The John Day River viewed upstream along the Hard Stone Trail, Cottonwood Canyon State Park........Jarch 10, 2018. - The John Day River viewed downriver from the Hard Stone Trail, Cottonwood Canyon State Park.....March 10, 2018.

The photo at left shows a view upstream (south) along the west side of the John Day River from sagebrush slopes above the Hard Stone Trail, Cottonwood Canyon State Park...........March 10, 2018. The shrubs in te foreground are stiff sagebrush (Artemisia rigida). The photo at left shows a view downstream along the west side of the John Day River from the Hard Stone Trail, Cottonwood Canyon State Park...........March 10, 2018. The colorful shrubs at water's edge are probably coyote willows (Salix exigua).

Additional Information for those planning to hike Cottonwood Canyon State Park:

Cottonwood Canyon Info: includes map showing BLM vs. Oregon State Park land. Even better maps are available from the BLM. http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=main.loadFile&load=_siteFiles/publications/Cottonwood101301.pdf

Cottonwood Planned Trail Development: (scroll down for planned trails) http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PLANS/docs/masterplans/cottonwood/cottonwood-plan-maps-ch10.pdf

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Hackberry: Celtis reticulata

Creek Dogwood: Cornus sericea - On steep drainages below springs on the canyon walls.

Western Juniper: Juniperus occidentalis

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

Poison Ivy: Toxicodendron rydbergii

Indian Ricegrass: Achnatherum hymenoides

Cheat Grass: Bromus tectorum

Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

Basin Wildrye: Leymus cinereus

Reed Canarygrass: Phalaris arundinacea - Along the river.

Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus - This year's leaves.

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Possibly beginning to fade out of bloom.

Bicolored Cluster Lily: Triteleia grandiflora - Leaves.

Snow Buckwheat: Eriogonum niveum

Curly Dock: Rumex crispus

Veiny Dock: Rumex venosus

* Erubescent Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia rubra ssp. depressa - Numerous. Beginning to bloom.

* Jagged Chickweed: Holosteum umbellatum

Western Clematis: Clematis ligusticifolia

Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum - In bud.

* Hornseed Buttercup: Ranunculus testiculatus - Beginning to bloom.

* Blue Mustard: Chorispora tenella - Beginning to bloom.

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna - Numerous bloom.

Tall Tumblemustard: Sisymbrium altissimum - Last year's stems.

Thick-leaved Thelypodium: Thelypodium milleflorum - Last year's stems.

* Fringepods: Thysanocarpus curvipes - Beginning to bloom.

Lava Alumroot: Heuchera cylindrica var. alpina

* Smooth Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabrum

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum - A few plants beginning to bloom.

Golden Currant: Ribes aureum - Beginning to leaf out.

Antelope Bitterbrush: Purshia tridentata - Beginning to leaf out.

* Woolly-pod Milkvetch: Astragalus purshii (var. glareosus ?) - A few plants begining to bloom.

Spured Lupine: Lupinus argenteus var. heteranthus ? - Basal leaves emerging.

Chick Lupine: Lupinus microcarpus - Seedlings with perfoliate cotyledon leaves on the trail.

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium - Beginning to bloom.

Poison Hemlock: Conium maculatum - Leaves in moist, waste places.

* Fernleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum var. multifidum - Beginning to bloom.

* Salt and Pepper: Lomatium gormanii

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium papilioniferum

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum - Cream-flowered form. A few plants in bloom.

Broadfruit Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum ssp. platycarpum - Several plants in bud.

* Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens - Beginning to bloom. Fairly numerous on moist grassland slopes.

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis - Beginning to bloom.

Needle-leaved Phlox: Phlox aculeata - Foliage.

Long-leaf Phlox: Phlox longifolia - Foliage.

Henbit: Lamium amplexicaule - In bud.

Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Common Monkeyflower: Erythranthe guttata

Liverwort Monkeyflower: Erythranthe jungermannioides

Dalmatium Toadflax: Linaria dalmatica - New growth.

Cutleaf Penstemon: Penstemon richardsonii var. dentatus

Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus

* Naked Broomrape: Orobanche uniflora var. occidentalis - Beginning to bloom in seeps amongst peak saxifrage (Micranthes nidifica)

Cleavers: Galium aparine

* White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera - Beginning to bloom.

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium - Leaves only.

Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha

Stiff Sagebrush: Artemisia rigida

Big Sagebrush: Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata

Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana - Numerous plants 6-12" high, no blooms yet.

Showy Rubber Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosa var. speciosa

Columbia Goldenweed: Ericameria resinosa

Threadleaf Fleabane: Erigeron filifolius

Cushion Fleabane: Erigeron poliospermus var. poliospermus

Gumweed: Grindelia nana var. nana

Matchbrush: Gutierrezia sarothrae

Hoary Goldaster: Heterotheca villosa var. minor

Salsify: Tragopogon dubius

Animals Observed During This Hike:

Mule Deer - 12

Bighorn Sheep tracks



Canada Geese - Along the banks of the John Day River.

Goldeneye - Female on river.


Common Crows



Red-winged Blackbirds

American Robins

Townsend's Solitaire

Says Phoebes

Dark-eyed Juncos

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Black-capped Chickadee

Canyon Wrens

Violet-green Swallow


Western Fence Lizards (or Sagebrush Lizard) - Dead

Mourning Cloaks - Numerous

Julia's Orangetips - Numerous

Paul Slichter