[Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge: 2010]

Wildflowers Currently in Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge

Upper Swale Canyon (Accessed from Harms Road)

March 5, 2010

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 low to upper 40s with mostly sunny skys and fairly gusty winds.

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Complete Klickitat Trail: Upper Swale Canyon Plant List.

Common Horsetail: Equisetum hyemale

Western Polypody: Polypodium hesperium ?

Needlegrass: Achnatherum sp.

Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum

Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegeneria spicata

Medusa-head: Taeniatherum caput-medusae

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

California Hazelnut?: Corylus cornuta var. californica

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

Willow #1: Salix sp.

Willow #2: Salix sp.

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum ?

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica

* Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii (var. douglasii)

Heartleaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum var. proliferum

Curly Dock: Rumex crispus

Meadow Buttercup: Delphinium distichum

Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum

* Obscure Buttercup: Ranunculus triternatus (Synonym: Ranunculus reconditus)

Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

Daggerpod: Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides

Leiberg's Stonecrop: Sedum leibergii

Currant-leaf Alumroot: Heuchera grossulariifolia var. tenuifolia

Prairie Star: Lithophragma sp. - In bud.

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

Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

Hawthorn: Crataegus sp.

Oceanspray: Holodiscus discolor

Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana var. melanocarpa

Little Wild Rose: Rosa gymnocarpa

Evergreen Blackberry: Rubus laciniata

Douglas' Spiraea: Spiraea douglasii (var. ?)

Milkvetch: Astragalus (hoodianus or reventiformis)

Prairie Lupine: Lupinus lepidus (var. aridus ?)

Columbia Gorge Lupine?: Lupinus latifolius x sericeus?

Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Klamath Weed: Hypericum perforatum

* Canby's Desert Parsley: Lomatium canbyi

* Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

Fernleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum (var. ?)

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi

* Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum - Yellow-flowered form.

Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

Nine-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum

Creek Dogwood: Cornus sericea (var. ?)

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

Silver-leaf Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. hastata ?

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Cutleaf Penstemon: Penstemon richardsonii var. richardsonii

Moth Mullein: Verbascum blatteria

Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus

Blue Elderberry: Sambucus cerulea

Teasel: Dipsacus sylvestris

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha

Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza sp.

Chicory: Cichorum intybus

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

Gray Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosum

Gumweed: Grindelia (columbiana?)

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri (var. cynoglossoides?)

False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides

Yellow Salsify: Tragopogon dubius


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