[Wildflower Bloom Reports for the Columbia River Gorge: 2017]

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

Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve

March 24, 2017

Western Spring Beauty: Claytonia lanceolata

Western Spring Beauty: Claytonia lanceolata

Weather: Today the weather was foggy with a cloud deck down to the south boundary of the NAP, with light winds picking up to 15 mph and temperatures in the low to upper 40s. By mid-afternoon, the skies cleared partly to mostly sunny with winds to 20 mph and temps to the uper 40s and low 50s.

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - Leaves only.

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica

Heartleaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Douglas' Buckwheat: Eriogonum sphaerocephalum var. sublineare

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

* Jagged Chickweed: Holosteum umbellatum - Beginning to bloom.

* Obscure Buttercup, The Dalles Mt. Buttercup: Ranunculus triternatus

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

* Smooth Prairie Stars: Lithophragma glabrum - Beginning to bloom.

Small-flowered Lupine: Lupinus latifolius X sericeus (Synonym: Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus) - Leaves emerging from the ground.

Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum - Only leaves

Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule - Only leaves.

* Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi

Nine-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum - Basal leaves only.

* Watson's Desert Parsley: Lomatium watsonii

Columbia Frasera: Frasera albicaulis var. columbiana - Basal leaves only.

Harsh Paintbrush: Castilleja hispida - Purplish stems arising from the ground.

Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides - In bud.

Animals Seen Along This Route Today:

Red-tailed Hawks

Cooper's Hawk

Northern Flickers

Western Meadowlarks

Horned Larks

Paul Slichter