[2008 Columbia River Gorge Wildflower Reports]

Currently Blooming Wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge

June 14, 2008

Columbia Hills (Stacker Butte)

A Native Plant Society of Oregon Hike

The photo above shows a close-up view of velvet lupine (Lupinus leucophyllus) as seen in the Columbia Hills..................June , 2008.

* Indicates a wildflower currently in bloom.

Weather: Temperature - high 70s, light to moderate breeze, clear skies.


1. Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa -

2. Quaking Aspen: Populus tremuloides -

3. Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana -

*4. Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum - Starting to stick to clothes and shoes.

*5. Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides (formerly Sitanion hystrix) -

*6. Idaho Fescue: Festuca idahoensis -

*7. Bulbous Blue Grass: Poa bulbosa -

*8. Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata ? - Starting to flower. Or is this a hybrid imported from Snake River country?

*9. Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - In bloom in spots high on the ridge.

10. Green-banded Mariposa Lily: Calochortus macrocarpus - Still three to four weeks from blooming.

11. Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum - Seed pods visible on north-facing slopes under shrubs.

12. Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica- A few seed pods seen.

*13. False Solomon Plume: Maianthemum racemosum (formerly Smilacina racemosa) -

*14. Bicolored Cluster Lily: Triteleia grandiflora ssp. howellii (formerly Brodiaea howellii) - In bloom, including numerous pure white individuals.

*15. Hyacinth Cluster Lily: Triteleia hyacinthina (formerly Brodiaea hyacinthina) - A few in bloom in moist areas on north-facing slopes.

16. Alaska Rein-orchid: Piperia unalascensis (formerly Habenaria unalascensis) -  

*17. Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum - Both cream and yellow-flowered plants are in bloom.

*18. Douglas' Buckwheat: Eriogonum douglasii var. tenue -

19. Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum - In bud.

20. Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum var. proliferum - In bud.

*21. Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata (formerly Montia perfoliata) - A few plants seen in shady areas under shrubbery.

*22. Bitterroot: Lewisia rediviva - Fading out of bloom.

*23. Franklin's Sandwort: Arenaria franklinii var. franklinii - In bloom along the summit ridge.

*24. Douglas' Silene: Silene douglasii -   

*25. Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum - A few plants still in bloom in shaded areas on the north-facing slopes.

*26. White Water-buttercup: Ranunculus aquatilis v. hispidulus - In bloom in a small pond.

*27. Lanceleaved Stonecrop: Sedum lanceolatum -

*28. Leiberg’s Stonecrop: Sedum leibergii -                          

*29. Sickle-pod Rock Cress: Arabis sparsiflora var. atrorubens - A few plants still in bloom at the highest elevations.

*30. American Bittercress: Barbarea orthoceras - In bloom in drying streambeds on north-facing slopes.

31. Cusick's Draba: Cusickiella douglasii (formerly Draba douglasii) - Long past bloom.

*32. Rough Wallflower: Erysimum asperum -

*33. Dagger Pod: Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides - Dagger-shaped pods are visible.

*34. Tumble Mustard: Sisymbrium altissimum - A few plants seen along the road.

*35. Shining Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium -

*36. Small-flowerd Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflora - Fading out of bloom.

*37. Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia - In bloom at high elevations on the north-facing slopes.

38. Ocean Spray: Holodiscus discolor - In bud.

*39. Bittercherry: Prunus emarginata var. emarginata - A few in bloom on north-facing slopes.

*40. Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana - Fairly abundant bloom on north-facing slopes.

*41. Little Wild Rose: Rosa gymnocarpa - Beginning to bloom under the oaks.

*42. Nootka Rose: Rosa nutkana - Beginning to bloom.

*43. Annual Burnet: Sanguisorba occidentalis -

*44. Yakima Milk-vetch: Astragalus reventiformis - A few plants still in bloom.

*45. Few-flowered Peavine: Lathyrus pauciflorus -

*46. Spurred Lupine: Lupinus arbustus (formerly Lupinus laxiflorus) - Beginning to bloom at higher elevations.

*47. Velvet Lupine: Lupinus leucophyllus - Common bloom just below the Columbia Hills NAP.

*48. Whitish Lupine: Lupinus bingensis (Lupinus leucopsis or L. sulphureus var. subsaccatus) - Seen occasionally.

*49. Columbia Gorge Broad-leaf Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus - Still in fairly good bloom at higher elevations.

*50. Prairie Lupine: Lupinus lepidus var. aridus - Blooming at all elevations, although only locally common.

51. Big-head Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Past bloom.

*52. American Vetch: Vicia americana -

*53. Nuttall's Violet: Viola vallicola (formerly Viola nuttallii var. major) - Numerous on north-facing slopes.

*54. Filaree, Stork's-bill: Erodium cicutarium - Fairly common.

55. Oregon Checkermallow: Sidalcea oregana - In bud. Seen in a moist area on north-facing slopes.

*56. Buckbrush, Redstem Ceanothus: Ceanothus sanguineus -

*57. Bur Chervil: Anthriscus scandicina -

*58. Fern-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum var. multifidum - Found occasionally in bloom under shrubs and oaks on the north-facing slopes of the ridge.

*59. Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi - Abundant bloom (very pungent fragrance) at lower to middle elevations.

*60. Slender-fruited Desert Parsley: Lomatium leptocarpum - Fairly common.

*61. Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule - Still in bloom near the summit of the ridge.

*62. Nine Leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium tridentatum var. triternatum - Fairly common.

*63. Columbia Frasera: Frasera albicaulis var. columbiana - .Fairly numerous, but not yet at a peak of bloom.

*64. Spreading Dogbane: Apocynum androsaemifolium - Beginning to bloom.

*65. Large-flowered Collomia: Collomia grandiflora - Beginning to bloom.

*66. Midget Phlox: Phlox gracilis (formerly Microsteris gracilis) - A few still in bloom on upper elevation slopes.

*67. Hood's Phlox: Phlox hoodii- A few plants still in bloom.

*68. Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa- Fading out of bloom.

69. Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii - Past bloom.

*70. Great Basin Nemophila: Nemophila breviflora -

*71. Small-flowered Nemophila: Nemophila parviflora var. austiniae -

72. Meadow Nemophila: Nemophila pedunculata -

*73. White-leaf Phacelia: Phacelia hastata -

*74. Fiddleneck: Amsinckia retrorsa - Fairly common in disturbed areas around the roads.

*75. Common Cryptanth: Cryptantha intermedia - Still fairly common at the higest elevations on the ridge.

76. Puccoon: Lithospermum ruderale - Past bloom.

*77. Scouler's popcorn-flower: Plagiobothrys scouleri - Blooming on the shore of a small pond near the top of the ridge.

*78. Harsh Paintbrush: Castilleja hispida - Fading out of bloom at lower elevations, fairly common on north-facing slopes.

*79. Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora - A few plants still in bloom.

*80. Common Monkeyflower: Mimulus guttatus - In bloom in a moist area on north-facing slopes.

81. Hotrock Penstemon: Penstemon deustus var. variabilis - In bud.

*82. Sticky Penstemon: Penstemon glandulosus var. glandulosus -

*83. Common Speedwell: Veronica arvensis -

*84. Naked Broomrape: Orobanche uniflora -

*85. Annual Bedstraw: Galium aparine -

86. Blue Elderberry: Sambucus cerulea -

*87. Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus -

*88. Big Root, Wild Cucumber: Marah oreganus - Fairly abundant along the Dalles Mt. Road. A few were found in bloom in the preserve.

*89. Yarrow: Achillea millefolium -

90. Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha - Past bloom.

*91. Large-flowered Agoseris: Agoseris grandiflora - Fading out of bloom.

*92. Annual Agoseris: Agoseris heterophylla - Fading out of bloom.

*93. Heart-leaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia var. cordifolia - Still in bloom under oak trees and shrubbery on north-facing slopes.

*94. Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana - Definitely fading out at lower elevations, still a moderate bloom above.

95. Tumble Knapweed: Centaurea diffusa - A few basal rosettes of leaves found along the access road to the microwave towers (all at medium to higher elevations).

*96. Hoary False Yarrow: Chaenactis douglasii var. douglasii - Beginning to bloom.

97. Wavy-leaved Thistle: Cirsium undulatum - In bud.

98. Hall's Goldenweed: Columbiadora hallii (formerly Haplopappus hallii) - In bud.

*99. Baker's Hawksbeard: Crepis bakeri - Beginning to bloom.

*100. Western Hawksbeard: Crepis occidentalis - Beginning to bloom.

*101. Yellow Desert Daisy: Erigeron linearis - A few plants still in bloom at the highest elevations.

*102. Oregon Sunshine, Wooly Sunflower: Eriophyllum lanatum var. integrifolium -

*103. Blanket-flower: Gaillardia aristata -

104. Columbia River Gumweed: Grindelia nana var. integrifolia - Leaves only, and old, withered stems from last year seen.

105. Hound's Tongue Hawkweed: Hieracium cynoglossoides - In bud.

*106. Hareleaf, Rabbitleaf: Lagophylla ramosissima -

*107. False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides (formerly Microseris troximoides) - A few plants still in bloom on higher, north-facing slopes.

108. Columbia Goldenweed: Pyrrocoma carthamoides (formerly Haplopappus carthamoides) - Almost in bloom.

*109. Yellow Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltus - A fair amount of plants still in bloom at higher elevations.

*110. Common Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale -

*111. Yellow Salsify: Tragopogon dubius -


Animals Seen in the Columbia Hills/ Stacker Butte:

1. Carnivorous Ground Beetles (standing on their heads!)

2. Acmon Blues

3. Boisduval's Blues

4. Snowberry Checkerspots

5. Ochre Ringlets

6. Anise Swallowtails

7. Very large bumblebees (Bombus sp.)

8. Velvet Ant

9. Ravens

10. Golden Eagle

11. Red-tailed Hawk

12. Kestrel

13. Horned Larks

14. Meadow Larks

15. American Robins

16. Warblers

17. House Wren

18. Western Wood PeeWees

19. Northern Flickers

20. California Ground Squirrels

21. Mule Deer

22. Western Fence Lizards

23. Shorthorn Lizards


Paul Slichter