[Wildflower Bloom Reports for the Columbia River Gorge: 2014]

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

Upper Swale Canyon (Accessed from Harms Road)

March 13, 2014

Columbia Desert Parsley, Columbia Gorge Desert-parsley, Columbia Lomatium, Purple Leptotaenia, Purple Lomatium: Lomatium columbianum (Synonym: Leptotaenia purpurea)

Columbia Desert Parsley (Lomatium columbianum) as seen in Upper Swale Canyon................March 13, 2014.

Today the weather was in the low 50s with mostly sunny skys and light winds.

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Complete Klickitat Trail: Upper Swale Canyon Plant List.

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegeneria spicata

Medusa-head: Taeniatherum caput-medusae

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa - Small trees planted along the old railroad bed.

* California Hazelnut: Corylus cornuta var. californica

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana

* Willow #1: Salix sp. - Beginning to bloom.

Willow #2: Salix sp.

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum ?

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica

* Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii (var. douglasii) - Beginning to bloom.

Heartleaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum var. proliferum

Curly Dock: Rumex crispus

Meadow Buttercup: Delphinium distichum

Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum

* Obscure Buttercup: Ranunculus triternatus (Synonym: Ranunculus reconditus)

Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

Leiberg's Stonecrop: Sedum leibergii

Currant-leaf Alumroot: Heuchera grossulariifolia var. tenuifolia

Smooth Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabrum - Beginning to bloom.

Clayton's Saxifrage, Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga nidifica var. claytoniaefolia - In bud.

Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

Hawthorn: Crataegus sp.

Oceanspray: Holodiscus discolor

Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana var. melanocarpa

Little Wild Rose: Rosa gymnocarpa

Evergreen Blackberry: Rubus laciniata

Douglas' Spiraea: Spiraea douglasii (var. ?)

Prairie Lupine: Lupinus lepidus (var. aridus ?)

Columbia Gorge Lupine?: Lupinus latifolius x sericeus?

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium - Beginning to bloom.

Klamath Weed: Hypericum perforatum

* Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

Fernleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum (var. ?)

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi

* Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum - Yellow-flowered form, beginning to bloom.

Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

Nine-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum

Creek Dogwood: Cornus sericea (var. ?)

Ballhead Desert Parsley: Hydrophyllum capitatum (var. thompsonii?) - In bud.

Silver-leaf Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. hastata ?

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Cutleaf Penstemon: Penstemon richardsonii var. richardsonii

Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus

Blue Elderberry: Sambucus cerulea

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha

Chicory: Cichorum intybus

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

Gray Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosum


Animals Seen During This Hike:

Frogs croaking

Canyon Wrens

Dark-eyed Juncos

American Robins

Spotted Towhees

Western Meadowlarks

Common Mallards

Northern Flickers


Upper Swale Canyon Wildflower Bloom: March 13, 2014 - Upper Swale Canyon Wildflower Bloom: March 13, 2014

The photo at left shows a view of the Klickitat Trail in Swale Canyon from the Harms Road Trailhead with the Columbia Hills and Stacker Butte in the distance. The photo at right shows the long, curved bridge across Swale Creek found about a mile and a half downstream from the trailhead. Both photos from March 13, 2014.

Paul Slichter