[Wildflower Bloom Reports for the Columbia River Gorge: 2012]

[Wildflower Destinations in the Columbia River Gorge]

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge

Catherine Creek

March 3, 2012

A nice clump of grass widows (Olsynium douglasii var. douglasii ) as seen at Catherine Creek onMarch 7, 2011.

A nice clump of grass widows (Olsynium douglasii var. douglasii ) as seen at Catherine Creek onMarch 7, 2011. Peak bloom of this species is still 2-3 weeks away.

* Indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Complete Catherine Creek Plant List.

This was a Native Plant Society of Oregon field trip.


Wallace's Spikemoss: Selaginella wallacei

Podfern: Aspidotis densa

Lacelip Fern: Cheilanthes gracillima

Goldback Fern: Pentagramma triangularis

Licorice Fern: Polypodium glycyrrhiza

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Big-leaf Maple: Acer macrophyllum

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

Oregon Ash: Fraxinus latifolia

Willow: Salix sp. - Pussywillows beginning to bloom along Catherine Creek.

* Long-anthered Woodrush: Luzula macrantha - Beginning to bloom.

Bristly Dog's-tail Grass: Cynosurus echinata

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata

Medusa Head: Taeniatherum caput-medusae

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

Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum - Several plants with flower buds seen.

Meadow Death-camas: Zigadenus venosus var. venonosus

* Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii (Synonym: Sisyrinchium douglasii var. douglasii) - Still a few weeks from peak bloom.

Douglas' Buckwheat: Eriogonum douglasii

Bitterroot: Lewisia rediviva - Basal leaf rosettes only.

Water Chickweed: Montia fontana var. tenerrima - Flower buds forming.

Line-leaf Montia: Montia linearis - Flower buds present.

Meadow Larkspur: Delphinium distichum - Basal leaves only.

Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum - Mostly basal leaves, but several with flower buds were seen.

Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis - Basal leaves only.

* Spring Whitlow Grass: Draba verna

* Scalepod: Idahoa scapigera

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

Peak Saxifrage: Saxifraga nidifica var. claytoniifolia - Flower buds present.

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia var. integrifolia - Several plants blooming along the paved trail.

* Western Saxifrage: Saxifraga occidentalis

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia (var. ?)

Lupine: Lupinus arbustus or Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus -

Small-flowered Lupine: Lupinus micranthus - Basal leaves only.

Small-headed Clover: Trifolium microcephalum or Whitetip Clover: Trifolium variegatum - Basal leaves only.

Filaree: Erodium cicutarium - Basal leaves only.

Poison Oak: Rhus diversiloba

* Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayii

Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum - Leaves visible.

Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule - A few basal leaves visible.

* Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi

Nineleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum - Leaves visible.

Gairdner's Yampah: Perideridia gairdneri

Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum - A few plants with flower buds near the lower paved trail.

Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii - Basal leaves visible.

Meadow Nemophila: Nemophila pedunculata - Basal leaves visible beneath the powerlines on Sunflower Hill.

Slender Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys tenellus - Only the basal leaf rosettes are visible.

Harsh Paintbrush: Castilleja hispida (var. ?) - Leaves emerging from the ground.

Barrett's Penstemon: Penstemon barrettiae

Bedstraw, Cleavers: Galium aparine

Rosy Plectritis: Plectritis congesta - Numerous basal leaves present in wet areas along the lower paved trails.

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri - The first of this year's basal leaves visible.

False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides - Basal leaves only.

Animals Seen at Catherine Creek:

California Ground Squirrel

Bald Eagles

Red-tailed Hawks

Coopers Hawk



Stellers Jays

Scrub Jays

Northern Flicker

Lewis' Woodpeckers

Western Meadowlark

Western Bluebird

White-crowned Sparrow or Golden-crowned Sparrow (only heard)

Dark-eyed Juncos

Mountain Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

Alligator Lizard

Lower falls on Catherine Creek.......March 3, 2012. - The basalt arch with new fence around it, Catherine Creek........March 3, 2012.

A view of the falls on lower Catherine Creek (visible from the lower paved trail) and basalt arch at Catherine Creek...............March 3, 2012. A fence was installed around the arch at the request of native americans as they consider the site sacred and wish people not to disturb that area.