[Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington: 2014]

Currently Blooming Wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington

April 28, 2014

Brooks Memorial State Park (US 97 near Satus Pass)

Wildflower Bloom at Brooks Memorial State Park (off US 97 near Satus Pass).......April 28, 2014.

One of the vernally moist meadows at the south end of Brooks Memorial State Park...........April 28, 2014. In another week, there should be plenty of Carey's and Hooker's balsamroots, Hooker's onions, bighead clovers and sagebrush violets among other wildflowers in bloom in this meadow.

Weather: Partly cloudy with almost no breeze. Temps in the low 50s.


* Indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Fairly comprehensive plant list for Brooks Memorial State Park

Antlered Perfume: Evernia prunastri

Brown-eyed Wolf Lichen: Letharia columbiana

Wolfbane Lichen: Letharia vulpina ?

Pelt Lichen: Peltigera sp.

Brown-eyed Sunshine Lichen: Vulpicida canadensis

Bracken Fern: Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens

Water Moss: Fontinalis sp.

Haircap Juniper Moss: Polytrichum juniperinum

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii - Leafing out.

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana - Leaf buds swelling.

Rush: Juncus (torreyi ?) - Congested head.

* Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri

One-spike Oatgrass: Danthonia unispicata

Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

Prairie Junegrass: Koeleria macrantha

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

* Leiberg's Bluegrass: Poa leibergii

* Nevada Bluegrass: Poa secunda ssp. juncifolia

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata

Medusa Head: Taeniatherum caput-medusae

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - In bud.

Douglas' Onion: Allium nevii - In bud.

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus

* Common Camas: Camassia quamash (ssp. breviflora ?) - Several plants in bloom. Meadows should peak in about 7-10 days.

* Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum

Hyacinth Cluster Lily: Triteleia hyacinthina

* Panicle Death Camas: Zigadenus paniculatus

* Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii var. inflatum - Most plants are past bloom.

Rein Orchid: Piperia sp.

Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Douglas' Buckwheat: Eriogonum douglasii var. tenue

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

* Red Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia rubra ssp. rubra

* Spring Water Chickweed: Montia fontana

* Linearleaf Montia: Montia linearis

Western Columbine: Aquilegia formosa

Meadow Larkspur: Delphinium distichum

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

* Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens

* Oaks Toothwort: Cardamine nuttallii (formerly Cardamine pulcherrima var. pulcherrima)

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

Scale Pod: Idahoa scapigera - Pods only.

* Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Micranthes fragosa

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Micranthes integrifolia

Cusick's Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia var. cusickii - In bud.

Broadpetal Strawberry: Fragaria virginiana ssp. platypetala

Ocean Spray: Holodiscus discolor

Sticky Cinquefoil: Potentilla glandulosa (var. ?)

Bitter Cherry: Prunus emarginata var. emarginata

Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana var. melanocarpa

Antelope Bitterbrush: Purshia tridentata - Leafing out.

Annual Burnet: Sanguisorba occidentalis

Few-flowered Pea: Lathyrus pauciflorus

Nevada Deervetch: Lotus nevadensis

Spurred Lupine: Lupinus arbustus

* Big-head Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Beginning to bloom.

Vetch: Vicia sp.

* Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata

Sticky Geranium: Geranium viscosissimum

Oregon Checker-mallow: Sidalcea oregana var. procera

Tall Annual Evening Primrose: Epilobium brachycarpum

Gormann's Desert Parsley: Lomatium gormannii or Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi - In fruit.

* Gray-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium macrocarpum - Cream-flowered form.

* Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Nine Leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium tridentatum var. triternatum

Common Sweet Cicely: Osmorhiza berteroi

Gairdner's Yampah: Perideridia gairdneri ssp. borealis

Pine Drops: Pterospora andromedea - Last years' stalks.

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

* Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens - Fading out of bloom.

* Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum

Large-flowered Collomia: Collomia grandiflora

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

* Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa

* Dwarf Hesperochiron: Hesperochiron pumilus

* Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. capitatum

Silverleaf Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. hastata

* Yellow and Blue Scorpion Flower: Myosotis discolor

* Slender Popcornflower: Plagiobothrys tenellus

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Tapertip Penstemon: Penstemon attenuatus

Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus

* White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera

Round-leaf Bluebell: Campanula rotundifolia ?

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha

Woodrush Pussytoes: Antennaria luzuloides ? - In bud.

* Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia - Beginning to bloom.

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamhoriza careyana - Beginning to bloom.

* Hooker's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza hookeri var. hookeri - Beginning to bloom.

* Hybrid Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana x hookeri

Silvercrown: Cacaliopsis nardosmia

Bull Thistle: Cirsium vulgare - Primarily found in areas of the burn that have been salvaged.

Gray Hawksbeard: Crepis (intermedia ?)

Western Hawksbeard: Crepis occidentalis

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

Rough-leaved Aster: Eurybia radulina ?

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri var. cynoglossoides

Cut-leaf Silverpuffs: Microseris laciniata

* False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides (Synonym: Microseris troximoides)

Yellow Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltus - In bud.

* Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale

Northern Wyethia: Wyethia amplexicaulis


Animals Seen in Brooks Memorial State Park:

Mourning Cloak

Blues (unidentified)

Pine Elfin

Honey Bees

Ravens

Turkey

Northern Flickers

Spotted Towhee

Western Bluebirds

Chipping Sparrows

Dark-eyed Juncos

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Western Fence Lizards

Mule Deer


Paul Slichter