[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Washington: 2008]

Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Washington

March 21, 2008

Upper Cowiche Canyon

The photo above shows scilla-like onion as seen near the upper trailhead to Cowiche Canyon to the west of Yakima, WA....................March 21, 2008.

Cowiche Canyon may be found at the northwestern edge of Yakima, WA. The site that was visited is under BLM jurisdiction.

* Indicates the plant is currently in bloom.


* 1. Scilla-like Onion: Allium scilloides -

* 2. Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Beginning to fade out of bloom except in shady areas.

3. Cluster-lily: Triteleia grandiflora (ssp. douglasii or ssp. howellii) - In bud.

* 4. Grass Widow: Olsynium inflatum (formerly Sisyrinchium douglasii var. inflatum) -

5. Douglas Buckwheat: Eriogonum douglasii (var. ?) -

6. Thyme-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum thymoides -

* 7. Hornseed Buttercup: Ranunculus testiculatus - Very numerous, just beginning to bloom.

8. Bulblet Prairie-star: Lithophragma glabrum (formerly Lithophragma bulbifera) - In bud.

* 9. Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata - Just beginning to bloom.

* 10. Canby's Desert Parsley: Lomatium canbyi - Numerous.

* 11. Hoover's Taushchia: Tauschia hooveri -

* 12. Midget Phlox: Phlox gracilis (formerly Microsteris gracilis) - Beginning to bloom.

* 13. Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha - Beginning to bloom.

14. Big Sagebrush: Artemisia tridentata var. tridentata -

15. Stiff Sagebrush: Artemisia rigida -

* 16. Hooker's Balsamroot: Balsamhoriza hookeri - A few plants with flower buds.

* 17. Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule - Very numerous.

18. False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides (formerly Microseris troximoides) - Basal leaves seen.

Animals Seen at this Site:

Western Meadowlark


American Robins

The photo above shows a close-up of Hoover's tauschia as seen at the upper trailhead to Cowiche Canyon to the west of Yakima, WA.........................March 21, 2008.

Paul Slichter