[Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge: 2012]

Wildflowers Currently in Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge

Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve

March 26, 2012

View from the Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve: February 4, 2009

The photo above shows woollypod milkvetch (Astragalus purshii) as seen in bloom.

Today the weather was in the mid to upper 40s in Gorge. Winds were about 5-10 miles per hour from the east with mostly cloudy skies converting to a light rain at mid-afternoon.

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - Leaves only.

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica

Heartleaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Douglas' Buckwheat: Eriogonum douglasii var. tenue

* Western Spring Beauty: Claytonia lanceolata - Beginning to bloom.

Bitterroot: Lewisia rediviva -

Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum - In bud.

* Obscure Buttercup, The Dalles Mt. Buttercup: Ranunculus triternatus (formerly Ranunculus reconditus).

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii - Very numerous.

Smooth Prairie Stars: Lithophragma glabrum - In bud.

Spurred Lupine: Lupinus arbustus - Leaves emerging from the ground.

Small-flowered Lupine: Lupinus latifolius X sericeus (Synonym: Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus) -

Velvet Lupine: Lupinus leucophyllus x sericeus (Synonym: Lupinus Leucophyllus var. ? in Washington, Lupinus sericeus in Russ Jolley's book on Gorge wildflowers.) - Dried remains of last years plants seen. This blooms in both spring and fall.

Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

* Canby's Desert Parsley: Lomatium canbyi

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi

Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum

* Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi - Beginning to fade out of bloom.

Nine-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum

* Midget Phlox: Phlox gracilis (Synonym: Microsteris gracilis) - A few small plants were seen in bloom.

* Hood's Phlox: Phlox hoodii - A few plants were observed beginning to bloom.

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

* Northwestern Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza deltoidea - Beginning to bloom along the road near the parking area near the state park/ natural area preserved boundary.

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule - Fairly numerous.

Paul Slichter