[Wildflower Bloom Reports for the Columbia River Gorge: 2010]

[Wildflower Destinations in the Columbia River Gorge]


Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge

Crawford Oaks and Eightmile Creek drainage

Columbia Hills State Park

from State Highway 14 uphill to the Dalles Mt. Ranch

February 23, 2010

Eastern Columbia River Gorge from the Columbia Hills State Park...........February 23, 2010.

A view towards the eastern Columbia River Gorge from next to the falls on Eightmile Creek in the Columbia Hills State Park...............February 23, 2010.

Waterfalls on Eightmile Creek, Columbia Hills State Park...............February 23, 2010.A view at right of the waterfalls on Eightmile Creek in the Columbia Hills State Park................February 23, 2010.
Weather: Medium increasing to heavy overcaast. Light wind. Temperatures in the low 40s.

* indicates a wildflower currently in bloom.

Complete Plant List for the Crawford Oaks/Eightmile Creek portion of the Columbia Hills State Park.

Gold-back Fern: Pentagramma triangularis

Oregon Cliff Fern: Woodsia oregana ssp. oregana ?

Field Horsetail: Equisetum arvense

Common Rush: Juncus effusus ?

Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum

Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

Idaho Fescue: Festuca idahoensis

Basin Wildrye: Leymus cinereus

Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicatum

Medusahead: Taeniatherum caput-medusae

Bigleaf Maple: Acer macrophyllum

Tree-of-Heaven: Ailanthus altissima

Creek Dogwood: Cornus sericea

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

* Willow: Salix sp.

Onion: Allium sp. ?

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica

Panicle Deathcamas: Toxicoscordion paniculatum

Cluster Lily: Triteleia sp. ?

* Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii v. douglasii

Heartleaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum v. compositum

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum (var. proliferum?)

Curly Dock: Rumex crispus

Streambank Springbeauty: Claytonia parviflora

Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. perfoliata

Jagged Chickweed: Holosteum umbellatum

Bouncing Bet: Saponaria officinalis

Chickweed: Stellaria sp.

Upland Larkspur: Delphimium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum - Some plants in bud.

Shining Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

Smooth Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabrum

Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum

Peak Saxifrage: Saxifraga nidifica ssp. claytoniifolia

Shrubby Bitter Cherry: Prunus emarginata v. emarginata

Pearhip Rose: Rosa woodsii v. ultramontana

Himalayan Blackberry: Rubus armeniacus

Deervetch: Lotus sp.

Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Turkey Mullein: Eremocarpus setigera

Common St. John's Wort: Hypericum perforatum

Blazing Star: Mentzelia laevicaulis

Poison Oak: Toxicodendron sp.

Chervil: Anthriscus scandicina

* Gorman's Salt and Pepper: Lomatium gormanii

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi

Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum

Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

Ballhead Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum v. thompsonii

Silverleaf Phacelia: Phacelia hastata v. hastata

Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys sp.

Henbit: Lamium amplexicaule

Common Monkeyflower: Mimulus guttatus

Cutleaf Penstemon: Penstemon richardsonii v. richardsonii

Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus

Annual Bedstraw: Galium aparine v. echinospermum

Bigroot, Wild Cucumber: Marah oreganus

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza sp.

Knapweed: Centaurea sp.

Hoary False Yarrow: Chaenactis douglasii v. douglasii

Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

Gray Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosa (v. speciosa?)

Columbia Goldenweed: Ericameria resinosa

Cushion Fleabane: Erigeron poliospermis

Gumweed: Grindelia sp.

Hairy False Goldenaster: Heterotheca villosa (v. ?)

Slender Cudweed: Pseudognaphalium canescens

Yellow Salsify: Tragopogon dubius


Animals Seen Along This Route:

Black-capped Chickadees

Dark-eyed Juncos

Yellow-rumped Warblers - First wave of this migratory bird to be seen in the Gorge this year.

Lewis' Woodpeckers

Northern Flickers

Scrub Jays

American Robins


Paul Slichter