[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Washington: 2008]

Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Washington

March 24, 2008

Cowiche Mill Road

The photo above shows a view of stony ground lupine (Lupinus saxosus) as seen along Cowiche Mill Road to the west of Yakima, Wa....................March 23, 2008.

The site studied is found along the South Fork Cowiche Creek which meanders along the north side of Cowiche Mt. to the west of Yakima, WA. The area studied along Cowiche Mill Road runs from the Snow Mt. Ranch westward for a mile or so. No plants were found in bloom past the primitive road sign.

* Indicates the plant is currently in bloom.

* 1. Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica -

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

* 3. Sagebrush Buttercup: Ranunculus glaberrimus - Fairly abundant.

4. Shining Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium - A number of plants within days of blooming.

* 5. Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boehaveri - Numerous.

* 6. Bulblet Prairie-star: Lithophragma glabrum (formerly Lithophragma bulbifera) - Beginning to bloom.

* 7. Stony Ground Lupine: Lupinus saxosus - A few plants beginning to bloom.

* 8. Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - One plant blooming, a number of others with well-formed flower buds.

* 9. Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata - Fairly numerous.

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

* 11. Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum -

* 12. Fern-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum - A few plants beginning to bloom.

* 13. Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule -

* 14. Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana - A few plants beginning to bloom.

* 15. Hooker's Balsamroot: Balsamhoriza hookeri - A few plants beginning to bloom.

* 16. Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule - Fairly common.

Animals Seen at this Site:

Numerous starlings

House finches

Dark-eyed Juncos

3 grackles

Spotted Towhee

American Robins

Mourning Doves


Lewis' Woodpecker

California Quail

California Ground Squirrels

Paul Slichter