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

[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 (Crawford Oaks gate) uphill to the Dalles Mt. Ranch

May 7, 2011

View north up Eightmile Creek towards the Dalles Mt. Ranch with the Columbia Hills on the skyline.........May 7, 2011.

View north up Eightmile Creek towards the Dalles Mt. Ranch with the Columbia Hills on the skyline.........May 7, 2011. A system of new bike and equestrian paths have been proposed for the area visible in this photo.

Weather: Partly cloudy with occational sprinkles. Light wind in the morning to moderate after lunch time. Temperatures in the low 50s.

* indicates a wildflower currently in bloom.

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

* Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum

Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

Idaho Fescue: Festuca idahoensis

Giant Wildrye: Leymus cinereus

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

* Leiberg's Bluegrass: Poa leibergii

* Nevada Bluegrass: Poa nevadensis ?

* Sandberg's Bluegrass: Poa secunda

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicatum

Medusahead: Taeniatherum caput-medusae

* Big-leaf Maple: Acer macrophyllum

* Box Elder: Acer negundo

Creek Dogwood: Cornus sericea

California Filbert: Corylus cornuta var. californica

* Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum ?

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus

Ookow: Dichelostemma congestum

* Bicolor Cluster Lily: Triteleia grandiflora var. howellii - Beginning to bloom.

* Panicle Deathcamas: Zigadenus paniculatus

Rein Orchid: Piperia sp.

* Heartleaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum - Beginning to bloom......both cream and yellow-flowered varieties.

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum (var. proliferum?)

Wickerstem Buckwheat: Eriogonum vimineum

Curly Dock: Rumex crispus

Willow Dock: Rumex salicifolius

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana

Jagged Chickweed: Holosteum umbellatum

* Common Chickweed: Stellaria media

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

* Shining Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium

* American Wintergreen: Barbarea orthoceras

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna

* Tumblemustard: Sisymbrium altissimum

* Fringepods: Thysanocarpus curvipes

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum

* Peak Saxifrage: Saxifraga nidifica ssp. claytoniifolia

Oceanspray: Holodiscus discolor

Glandular Cinquefoil: Potentilla glandulosa (var. )

* Bittercherry: Prunus emarginata var. emarginata

Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana var. melanocarpa - In bud.

* Columbia Gorge Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus

Velvet Lupine: Lupinus leucophyllus

Small-flowered Lupine: Lupinus micranthus

Alfalfa: Medicago sativa

* Burrowing Clover: Trifolium subterraneum

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Common St. John's Wort: Hypericum perforatum

Willowherb: Epilobium ciliatum var.

* Chervil: Anthriscus scandicina

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayii

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum - Cream-flowered form.

* Desert Parsley: Lomatium leptocarpum ?

* Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Nineleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum ?

Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens

* Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa

* Ballhead Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum v. thompsonii - Fading out of bloom.

Small-flowered Nemophila: Nemophila parviflora (var. parviflora ?)

* Woods Nemophila: Nemophila pedunculata

* Tarweed Fiddleneck: Amsinckia lycopsoides

* Weak-stem Cryptanth: Cryptantha flaccida

* Yellow and Blue Scorpionweed: Myosotis discolor

* Blue Scorpion Grass: Myosotis micranthus

* Slender Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys tenellus

* Attenuate Paintbrush: Castilleja attenuata

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

* Common Monkey Flower: Mimulus guttatus

Moth Mullein: Verbascum blattaria

Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus

American Brooklime: Veronica americanum

* Corn Speedwell: Veronica arvensis

* Annual Bedstraw, Cleavers: Galium aparine var. echinospermum

Teasel: Dipsacus sylvestris

* Manroot: Marah oreganus

Blue Elderberry: Sambucus mexicana

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus

* Long-spur Plectritis: Plectritis ciliosa

* White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium - In bud.

* Annual Agoseris: Agoseris heterophylla var. heterophylla

* Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana ?

Chicory: Cichorum intybus

Bull Thistle: Cirsium vulgare

Western Hawsbeard: Crepis occidentalis

Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule - Just finished blooming.

Gray Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosa (v. speciosa?)

Blanketflower: Gaillardia aristata - In bud.

Columbia Goldenweed: Pyrrocoma carthamoides - In bud.

Yellow Salsify: Tragopogon dubius


Animals Seen Along This Route:

Mule Deer herd

California Ground Squirrels

Turkey Vulture

Red-tailed Hawks

Harriers

Ravens

Scrub Jays

Callifornia Quail

Northern Flickers

Lewis' Woodpecker

Western Meadowlarks

Spotted Towhee

American Robins

Western Bluebirds

Western Kingbirds

Western Wood Peewees

Golden-crowned Sparrows

Sparrow

Lesser Goldfinch

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Warbler

Barn Swallow

Western Fence Lizard

Pacific Tree Frog

Carnivorous Ground Beetles - mating?

Large Bombus bumblebee


Paul Slichter