[Wildflower Bloom Reports for Washington & Oregon] [Wildflower Destinations in the Columbia River Gorge]

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington

2006

Balsamroot and lupine bloom in the Columbia Hills.

The photo above shows a view up into the Columbia Hills across a bunchgrass prairie teeming with balsamroot, barestem desert parsley, and Columbia Gorge lupine. Photographed along the middle portion of the Dalles Mt. Road..................April 24, 2006.

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge in Previous Seasons

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Yellow Bells (Fritillaria pudica)The photo at right shows yellow bells (Fritillaria pudica) as seen along the Three Bench Loop Trail above Doug's Beach (along SR 14 east of Lyle, WA) in the Columbia River Gorge..................February 12, 2006.

October 30, 2006: Washington State Road #14 East of its Junction with US 97 to Highway 395.

August 6, 2006: Washington State Road #14 East of its Junction with US 97.

July 14, 2006: Oneonta Gorge - At its mouth and along the Horsetail Falls Trail to upper Onteonta Gorge.

July 14, 2006: John B. Yeon State Park and the trails to the lower and upper falls of McCord Creek.

July 7, 2006: Columbia Hills & Stacker Butte

July 7, 2006: Catherine Creek

June 3, 2006: Columbia Hills & Stacker Butte

June 3, 2006: The Dalles Mt. Road

June 3, 2006: Catherine Creek

May 14, 2006: Columbia Hills & Stacker Butte

May 14, 2006: Small vernal creek on the east side of Catherine Creek

April 24, 2006: Fields directly west of Memaloose Overlook between the old highway and Interstate 84

April 24, 2006: The Dalles Mt. Road

April 24, 2006: Horsethief Butte Trail

April 20, 2006: John B. Yeon State Park (Upper McCord Creek Falls & Elowah Falls Trails)

April 20, 2006: Oneonta Gorge Parking Lot

April 20, 2006: Old Gorge Highway (MP 31)

April 9, 2006: The Dalles Mt. Road (from SR-14 to the high point on the Dalles Mt. Rd)

April 9, 2006: Catherine Creek

March 18, 2006: Western Columbia River Gorge (emphasis on Wachlella Falls Trail)

March 11, 2006: Horsethief Butte Trail and Railroad Grade on the East Bank of the Deschutes River

March 11, 2006: Three Bench Loop above Doug's Beach

March 11, 2006: Catherine Creek - Botany in the snow!

March 6, 2006: Various locations in the eastern Columbia River Gorge

March 5, 2006: Various locations in the western Columbia River Gorge..........Wildflowers are slowly blooming in the western Gorge. The area was hard hit by the cold winds and frosts of late February, to the extent that delicate new leaves that were up for Trillium, Erythronium and other species suffered much frost damage and the blooms of the osoberries were greatly damaged too!

February 12, 2006: Various locations in the eastern Columbia River Gorge............Wildflowers are beginning to bloom there too, and there's many new leaves to practice your ID on too!

February 5, 2006: A few Mt. Kittentails (Synthyris missurica ssp. stellata) are in bloom (inflorescences only) along the old Highway about 1 mile west of Multnomah Falls and Western Saxifrage (Saxifraga occidentalis) is beginning to bloom on the cliffs at the mouth of Oneonta Gorge. A few Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus), Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa ssp. pubescens var. arborescens) and Osoberry (Oemleria cerasiformis) may also be found in their initial push to bloom in the western Gorge.

January 26, 2006: Wildflower bloom, although sparse, has begun in the Columbia River Gorge. Salt and pepper (Lomatium piperi) has been spotted in bloom at Catherine Creek and near Horsethief Lake as early as January 18th. Although not in bloom, western saxifrage (Saxifraga rufidula aka S. occidentalis) has floral scapes that have extended 1-2 cm and may be in bloom within the next 10 days at the parking area for Oneonta Gorge. A few leaves of Sitka mist maidens (Romanzoffia sitchensis) may also be seen on the cliffs at Oneonta while clusters of the basal leaves of poison larkspur (Delphinium trollifolium) are up to 10 cm high in the S curves below Crown Point on the Old Gorge Highway.


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