[Columbia River Gorge Wildflower Bloom Reports: 2012]

Currently Blooming Wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge

May 18, 2012

North-facing Slopes of Stacker Butte

Basamroots and hairy paintbrush in bloom on the north-facing slopes of Stacker Butte, Columbia River Gorge..........May 18, 2012.

A view north across High Prairie towards Grayback Mt. and the upper Klickitat drainage from the north-facing slopes of Stacker Butte in the Columbia Hills of the eastern Columbia River Gorge............May 18, 2012. Note the abundance of balsamroot and hairy paintbrush (Castilleja hispida) in the foreground, with some showy phlox (Phlox speciosa) at right.
* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii

California Filbert: Corylus cornuta var. californica

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

Fragile Fern: Cystopteris fragilis

* Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum

* Idaho Fescue: Festuca idahoensis

Prairie Junegrass: Koeleria macrantha

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

* Leiberg's Bluegrass: Poa leibergii ?

* Nevada Bluegrass: Poa secunda ssp. juncifolia

* Sandberg's Bluegrass: Poa secunda ssp. secunda

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - In bud.

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus

Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum - Past bloom.

Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Forming seed pods.

* False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule

Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

* Douglas' Buckwheat: Eriogonum douglasii var. tenue - Several plants beginning to bloom.

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum var. proliferum

Prostrate Knotweed: Polygonum aviculare

Lance-leaf Springbeauty: Claytonia lanceolata - Past bloom.

* Streambank Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia parviflora

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana

Bitterroot: Lewisia rediviva - In bud.

Lineleaf Montia: Montia linearis

Franklin's Sandwort: Arenaria franklinii var. franklinii

Jagged Chickweed: Holosteum umbellatum

* Thyme-leaf Sandwort: Arenaria serpyllifolia

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

* Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis

* Shining Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium

* Sicklepod Rockcress: Arabis sparsiflorus var. atrorubens - Fading out of bloom.

* American Wintercress: Barbarea orthoceras

Oaks Toothwort: Cardamine nuttallii (formerly Cardamine pulcherrima var. pulcherrima) - Past bloom.

* Little Western Bittercress: Cardamine oligosperma - Fading out of bloom.

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii - Only blooming where in shade at the base of trees.

Rough Wallflower: Erysimum capitatum - In bud.

Scale Pod: Idahoa scapigera - Pods only.

* Dagger Pod: Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides - Fading out of bloom.

Fringe Pod: Thysanocarpus curvipes - Seed pods.

Lanceleaf Stonecrop: Sedum lanceolatum

Leiberg's Stonecrop: Sedum leibergii - In bud.

Bulblet prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera - Past bloom.

* Small-flowerd Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum

Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia - Past bloom.

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

* Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia - Beginning to bloom.

* Oldman's Whiskers, Prairie Smoke: Geum triflorum var. ciliatum - Beginning to bloom at the highest elevations.

Ocean Spray: Holodiscus discolor

* Bitter Cherry: Prunus emarginata var. emarginata - Beginning to bloom

* Thimbleberry: Rubus parviflorus

* Few-flowered Pea: Lathyrus pauciflorus - Beginning to bloom near the summit.

Nevada Deervetch: Lotus nevadensis

* Columbia Gorge Broad-leaf Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus - Moderate bloom.

* Whitish Lupine: Lupinus sulphureus var. subsaccatus (Lupinus bingensis) - Beginning to bloom.

* Big-head Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Fading out of bloom.

* Prairie Violet: Viola praemorsa

* Buckbrush: Ceanothus sanguineus

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

* Burr Chervil: Anthriscus scandicina

* Fern-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum var. dissectum

* Gray-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium macrocarpum - Fading out of bloom.

* Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule - Fairly numerous bloom.

Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi - Fruits maturing.

* Nine Leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium tridentatum var. anomalum - Fairly common.

Columbia Frasera: Frasera albicaulis var. columbiana - In bud.

Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens - Past bloom.

* Hood's Phlox: Phlox hoodii - Good bloom at middle and higher elevations.

* Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa - Beginning to bloom at middle elevations.

* Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii - Only in bloom on north-facing slopes near the summit.

* Woodland Nemophila: Nemophila parviflora var. austiniae

* Common Cryptanth: Cryptantha intermedia

* Puccoon: Lithospermum ruderale

* Small-flowered Forget-me-not: Myosotis micrantha

* Little Combseed: Pectocarya pusilla

* Slender Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys tenellus - A few plants still in bloom.

* Harsh Paintbrush: Castilleja hispida - Moderately abundant bloom.

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora - Rare at the highest elevations.

Hotrock Penstemon: Penstemon deustus var. variabilis

* Sticky-stem Penstemon: Penstemon glandulosus - Beginning to bloom.

Mountain Kittentails: Synthyris stellata - Seed pods forming.

* Naked Broomrape: Orobanche uniflora var. purpurea

* Cleavers, Annual Bedstraw: Galium aparine var. echinospermum

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus

* White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera - Fading out of bloom.

* Corn Salad: Valerianella locusta

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium - In bud.

Large-flowered Agoseris: Agoseris grandiflora

* Annual Agoseris: Agoseris heterophylla

* Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha - Fading out of bloom.

* Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia - A few plants beginning to bloom under the oak trees.

* Balsamroot: Balsamhoriza careyana x deltoidea - Peak bloom on the north side of Stacker Butte.

Bull Thistle: Cirsum vulgare

Columbia Goldenweed: Columbiadoria hallii

Bearded Hawksbeard: Crepis barbigera - Basal rosettes of leaves seen.

Western Hawksbeard: Crepis occidentalis - Basal rosettes of leaves seen.

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule - Mostly past bloom..

Yellow Desert Daisy: Erigeron linearis

* Woolly Sunflower: Eriophyllum lanatum var. lanatum

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri var. cynoglossoides - In bud.

* False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides (formerly Microseris troximoides) - Only in bloom near the summit.

*Yellow Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltus - Beginning to bloom.

* Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale


Animals Seen Along This Route:

Red-tailed Hawks

Harrier - Swooping on a horned lark. It missed.

Ravens

Stellers Jays

Mourning Doves

Black-headed Grosbeaks

Spotted Towhees

Horned Larks

Meadow Larks

Lazuli Buntings - Very numerous.

Western Goldfinches

Upland sparrow - White stripes on tail. Very drab.

Hummingbird

Horned "Toads"

Anise Swallowtails

Snowberry Checkerspots

Woolly Bear caterpillars


Hoods phlox blooming atop Stacker Butte (Columbia River Gorge) with Mt. Hood in the distance..........May 18, 2012.

A view west down the Columbia River Gorge (towards Catherine Creek and Coyote Wall, at right) with Mt. Hood in the distance at left. Photographed from atop Stacker Butte in the Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve............May 18, 2012. Note the abundance of Hood's phlox (Phlox hoodii) atop the ridge in the foreground.
Paul Slichter