[Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge: 2009]

Wildflowers Currently in Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge

Upper Swale Canyon (Accessed from Harms Road)

A Native Plant Society of Oregon and Klickitat Trail Conservancy Hike

March 22, 2009

Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

Columbia Desert Parsley (Lomatium columbianum) as seen in Upper Swale Canyon........................March 22, 2009.

Today the weather was in the mid 40s with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skys and fairly gusty winds.

1. Western Polypody: Polypodium hesperium -

2. Sword Fern: Polystichum imbricans ( or P. munitum) -

3. Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides -

4. Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegeneria spicata - ?

5. Voodoo Grass: Ventenata dubia -

6. Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa - Small trees planted along the old railroad bed.

7. Alder: Alnus (incana or rhombifolia) -

8. Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana -

9. Willow #1: Salix sp. -

10. Willow #2: Salix sp. -

* 11. Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica -

* 12. Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii - Beginning to bloom.

13. Heartleaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum -

14. Douglas' Buckwheat: Eriogonum douglasii var. tenue - ?

15. Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum -

16. Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum var. proliferum -

17. Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum -

* 18. Obscure Buttercup: Ranunculus trisectus (Synonym: Ranunculus reconditus) -

19. Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens -

* 20. Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii - Numerous.

21. Leiberg's Stonecrop: Sedum leibergii -

22. Currant-leaf Alumroot: Heuchera grossulariifolia var. tenuifolia -

23. Prairie Star: Lithophragma sp. -

24. Clayton's Saxifrage, Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia var. claytoniaefolia - In bud.

25. Currant: Ribes (divaricatum or niveum) -

26. Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii -

27. Hawthorn: Crataegus sp. -

28. Oceanspray: Holodiscus discolor -

29. Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana var. melanocarpa -

30. Rose: Rosa sp. -

31. Prairie Lupine: Lupinus lepidus var. aridus -

32. Filaree: Erodium cicutarium -

33. Burr Chervil: Anthriscus caucalis -

* 34. Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum -

* 35. Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi -

* 36. Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi -

* 37. Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum - Yellow-flowered form. In bloom near the trailhead.

38. Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule -

39. Nine-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum -

40. Creek Dogwood: Cornus sericea (var. ?) -

41. Ballhead Desert Parsley: Hydrophyllum capitatum (var. thompsonii?) -

42. Phacelia: Phacelia sp. -

43. Cutleaf Penstemon: Penstemon richardsonii var. richardsonii -

44. Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus -

45. Blue Elderberry: Sambucus cerulea -

46. Teasel: Dipsacus sylvestris -

47. Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha -

48. Hoary False Yarrow: Chaenactis douglasii -

49. Chicory: Cichorum intybus -

* 50. Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule - Fairly numerous on upper south-facing slopes.

51. Gray Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosum -

52. Gumweed: Grindelia (columbiana?) -


Animals Seen During This Hike:

Frogs croaking

Canyon Wren

House Sparrows

Dark-eyed Juncos

American Robins

Spotted Towhees

Western Meadowlarks

Common Mergansers

Northern Flickers

Magpies


The Columbia Hills as seen from the Harms Road trailhead in Upper Swale Canyon.........March 22, 2009.

A view to the north-facing slopes of the Columbia Hills from the Harms Road trailhead in Upper Swale Canyon. Snow-rimmed Stacker Butte is seen at right. Photographed March 22, 2009.

Upper Swale Canyon..........March 22, 2009 ----- Upper Swale Canyon...........March 22, 2009.

Two views of upper Swale Canyon as seen on March 22, 2009. Click each photo to see an enlarged view (2x).

Paul Slichter