[Wildflower Bloom Reports
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Destinations in the Columbia River Gorge]
Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River
May 16, 2004
The photo above shows the view towards Wind
Mt. and areas westward from the link trail between the Dog Mt. summit and the
Indicates the wildflower is blooming.
The Dog Mt. Trail is a great, although challenging (3000' elevation
gain in 3 miles) place to see wildflowers. Early summer flowers are commencing
bloom below while early spring wildflowers are still abundant near the summit.
When hiking the Dog Mt. Trail, be prepared for all kinds of
weather, as it changes rapidly. The parking lot on this day was 65* and sunny
with a light breeze while the upper portions were bathed in clouds with a stiff,
cool breeze. Many people had dressed only in shorts and t-shirts and they were
literally freezing above 1500' in elevation.
photo at right shows a view east along the link trail between the Augsburger Mt.
trail and the summit of Dog Mt.
Lily: Fritillaria lanceolata - A few remain in bloom near the top.
Bells: Disporum hookeri var. oreganum
Wake-robin: Trillium ovatum - Nearing the end of bloom, blooming
only near the summit.
Death-camas: Zigadenus venonosus var. venonosus - Many in
bloom at mid-elevations.
Coral Root: Corallorhiza maculata - Not seen but expected.
Orchid: Eburophyton austiniae - Common.
Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum (cream-flowered
form)- Beginning bloom.
Sorrel: Rumex acetosella
13. Wild Ginger:
Asarum caudatum - Nearing bloom on the connector trail between the Augsburger
Trail and the summit.
Lettuce: Claytonia (Montia) perfoliata
Flower: Claytonia (Montia) siberica
Actaea rubra - In bloom near the summit.
Wind Flower: Anemone deltoidea - A few plants in bloom.
Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis - Only
in bloom near the summit.
Breeches: Dicentra cucullaria - Just going out of bloom at the summit.
Penny Cress: Thlaspi fendleri var. glaucum
photo at right shows a view east across meadows of balsamroot from the Dog Mt.
trail at a point where it begins to open out into the meadows below the summit.
Cup: Tellima grandiflora
Amelanchier alnifolia - Only in bloom near the summit.
Strawberry: Fragaria vesca var. bracteata
Cherry: Prunus virginiana var. melanocapra - A few in bloom
near the summit..
Spiraea: Spiraea betulifolia var. lucida - In bloom along
the lower sections of the Augsburger Trail.
Pea: Lathyrus polyphyllus
Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. latifolius
Oak: Rhus diversiloba - Blooming below.
Brush: Ceanothus integerrimus - Common below.
*47. Howell's Violet: Viola howellii
Summer: Clarkia amoena var. lindleyi - In bloom along the
lower sections of the Augsburger Trail.
Dogbane: Apocynum androsaemifolium
Phlox: Phlox (Microsteris) gracilis
Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum fendleri var. albifrons - In bloom
in the woods on the east side of the summit.
Penstemon: Penstemon rupicola - In bloom on rock faces beneath the
Bedstraw: Galium aparine var. echonospermum
Elderberry: Sambucus racemosa var. arborescens - In bloom
near the summit.
Root: Marah oreganus
Arnica: Arnica cordifolia - In bloom on the connector trail between
the Augsburger trail and the summit.
Button: Centaurea cyanus - In bloom at the parking lot.
78. Weak Thistle: Cirsium remotifolium - Nearing bloom
near the summit.