[Wildflower Bloom Reports for Washington & Oregon] [Columbia River Gorge Wildflower Bloom Reports Prior to 2002]

[Wildflower Destinations in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington

March 31, 2017

Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens

Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens

East Bank of the Deschutes River at its Mouth and Upper Hiking Trail to Several Miles Upstream

Directions to the East Bank of the Deschutes River

* Indicates Plant is in bloom.

* Ripgut Brome: Bromus diandrus

Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum

Basin Wildrye: Leymus cinereus

Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa - In bud.

* Leiberg's Bluegrass: Poa leibergii

Nevada Bluegrass: Poa secunda var. juncifolia - In bud.

Sandberg's Bluegrass: Poa secunda var. secunda - In bud.

Cereal Rye: Secale cereale

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica- Some still in bloom at higher elevations.

Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum - Leaves.

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum - Leaves.

Snow Buckwheat: Eriogonum niveum - Leaves.

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. perfoliata

* Erubescent Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia rubra ssp. depressa

* Chickweed: Stellaria media- A few in bloom.

* Little Western Bitter Cress: Cardamine oligosperma- Many in bloom, many going to seed.

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna- Many in bloom.

Thick-leaf Thelypody: Thelypodium laciniatum var. laciniatum - New growth in cracks on cliffs.

* Fringe Pods: Thysanocarpus curvipes - Numerous

* Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera - Several plants seen, nearing the end of their bloom.

* Smooth Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabrum - Fairly common, especially on steep slopes or along the upper edges of cliffs.

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum - Numerous.

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Micranthes integrifolia- Fairly common near Ferry Springs.

* Almond: Prunus dulcis

* Woolly-pod Milk-vetch: Astragalus purshii- Fairly common on undisturbed soils.

Kellogg's Spurred Lupine: Lupinus caudatus (Lupinus argenteus var. heteranthus ?) - In bud. This species is similar to Lupinus laxiflorus in having a spurred calyx, but differs from the latter in not having tiny hairs on the upper tip of the wing petals and in having longer upper calyx lobes.

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium- Common.

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

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayii - Numerous bloom.

* Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule - A few in bloom.

* Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi - A few still in bloom.

* Nine-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum (former ssp. platycarpum) - A few in bloom.

* Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens - Beginning to bloom

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis- A few in bloom.

* Long-leaf Phlox: Phlox longifolia - Beginning to bloom.

* Tarweed Fiddleneck: Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia - Beginning to bloom.

Puccoon: Lithospermum ruderale - Leaves arising from the ground.

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

* White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera - Numerous.

Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana- Beginning to bloom. These could also be Balsamorhiza deltoidea.

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule - Many in bloom.


Animals Seen along the East Bank of the Deschutes River:

Bushtits (Several)

Golden-crowned Sparrows (Several)

White-crowned Sparrows (Several)

American Robins (Several)

Double-crested Cormorants - 5 or 6.

Black-billed Magpie (1)

Meadowlarks (Numerous)

Ravens - A pair.

Violet-green Swallows (Several)

Dark-eyed Juncos (Numerous)

Canyon Wren (One inquisitive wren seen at close range.)

California Ground Squirrel


Paul Slichter