[Wildflower Bloom Reports for the Columbia River Gorge: 2011]

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge

Catherine Creek

April 8, 2011

False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides

False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides

* Indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Comprehensive Catherine Creek Plant List

Licorice Fern: Polypodium glycyrrhiza

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Black Cottonwood: Populus trichocarpa - Beginning to leaf out.

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

Bulbous Blue Grass: Poa bulbosa

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - Basal leaves.

Ball-head Cluster Lily: Dichelostemma congestum (formerly Brodiaea congesta) - Basal leaves only.

Common Camas: Camassia quamash var. breviflora - Many plants with well-formed flower buds.

* Chocolate Lily: Fritillaria affinis

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Fading out of bloom at low elevation. Still a decent bloom at elevations above the top of the arch.

* Meadow Death-camas: Zigadenus venenosus var. venenosus

* Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii (old var. douglasii) - Fading out of bloom.

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata var. perfoliata

Bitterroot: Lewisia rediviva - A few plants with flower buds.

Water Chickweed: Montia fontana var. tenerrima

* Line-leaf Montia: Montia linearis - Fading out of bloom.

* Jagged Chickweed: Holosteum umbellatum

* Chickweed: Stellaria media

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

* Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis

* Shining Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium

* Oaks Toothwort: Cardamine nuttallii

* Little Western Bittercress: Cardamine oligosperma - Fading out of bloom except in shaded places.

* Spring Whitlow Grass: Draba verna

* Fringe Pod: Thysanocarpus curvipes

* Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera (Synonym: Lithophragma glabrum)

* Smooth Praire Star: Lithophragma glabrum (Synonym: Lithophragma glabra)

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum - Beginning to bloom.

* Peak Saxifrage: Saxifraga nidifica var. claytoniifolia

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia var. integrifolia

* Rustyhair Saxifrage: Saxifraga rufidula

Oceanspray: Holodiscus discolor

Annual Burnet: Sanguisorba occidentalis (Synonym: Sanguisorba annua)

* Small-flowered Lupine: Lupinus micranthus

* Columbia Gorge Lupine: Lupinus latifolius x sericeus - A few plants with budding racemes visible.

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Dovefoot Geranium: Geranium molle

Poison Oak: Rhus diversiloba

* Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayii

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum (yellow-flowered form)

* Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Nineleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum

* Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum - Still a week or two from peak bloom.

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

* Rigid Fiddleneck: Amsinckia retrorsa

* Rusty Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys nothofulvus

* Scouler's Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys scouleri var. penicillatus

* Slender Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys tenellus

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

* Few-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia sparsiflora

* Chickweed Monkey Flower: Mimulus alsinoides

* Common Monkey Flower: Mimulus guttatus

Barrett's Penstemon: Penstemon barrettiae

Dwarf Owl-clover: Triphysaria pusilla

* Small-flowered Tonella: Tonella tenella

* Naked Broomrape: Orobanche uniflora var. purpurea

Bedstraw, Cleavers: Galium aparine

* Big Root: Marah oreganus - Beginning to bloom.

* Rosy Plectritis: Plectritis congesta

* Northwest Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza deltoidea/ sagittata - A few plants with flower buds at lower elevations.

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

* False Agoseris, Prairie Dandylion: Nothocalais troximoides - Beginning to bloom.


Animals Seen Along This Route Today:

Turkey Vultures

Western Meadowlarks

American Robins

Western Bluebirds

Violet-green Swallows


Paul Slichter