[Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge: 2017]

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

Klickitat State Wildlife Recreation Area

(along roads behind a locked gate heading west from the Soda Springs Road to the Klickitat Breaks)

April 2, 2017

Grass widow bloom along the Klickitat Breaks Road, Klickitat Wildlife Area........April 2, 2017.

Grass widow bloom along the Klickitat Breaks Road is nearing a peak, Klickitat Wildlife Area..........April 2, 2017.

Today the weather was in the upper 40s to low 50s with partly to mostly sunny skies and winds 5-15 mph from the west with gusts to 25 mph.

Note: Hunting season for turkeys is currently underway. Wear bright clothes. We heard gunfire at times, although some of that may have been target practice on adjacent private lands. We did ruin the hunt for 2 hunters that had hunkered down in the oaks with a decoy in the meadows, trying to call some hens into the open......

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana var. garryana

Glacier Lilies: Erythronium grandiflorum var. grandiflorum - A few leaves.

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Beginning to bloom.

Panicled Death Camas: Toxicoscordion paniculatum - Leaves.

Bicolored Cluster Lily: Triteleia grandiflora - One plant with flower buds.

* Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii var. douglasii - Some swales with nice bloom.

Heartleaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Scabland Wild Buckwheat: Eriogonum sphaerocephalum var. sublineare

* Dwarf Miner's Lettuce: Montia dichotoma

Lineleaf Montia: Montia linearis - In bud.

* Oak Toothwort: Cardamine nuttallii var. nuttallii - Beginning to bloom.

* Spring Whitlow Grass: Draba verna

* Scalepod: Idahoa scapigera

* Smooth Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabrum (Synonym: Lithophragma glabra) - Beginning to bloom.

Milkvetch: Astragalus (hoodianus or reventiformis) - Numerous mounds of leaves emerging from the ground.

Cutleaf Violet: Viola sheltonii - Leaves.

* Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata - Beginning to bloom.

Diamond Clarkia: Clarkia rhomboidea - Colorful leaves are up.

* Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum - Beginning to bloom.

* Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi - Beginning to bloom.

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum - Beginning to bloom.

Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi

Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa

Ballhead Desert Parsley: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii - Basal leaves.

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha - In bud.

Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana - Leaves are coming up.

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule - Fairly numerous on upper south-facing slopes.

Animals Seen During This Hike:

Lots of deer and elk sign (tracks and scat)


Northern Flicker - Calling.

American Robins

Western Bluebirds

Dark-eyed Juncos

Mountain Chickadees

Tree Frogs - Croaking in game ponds.

Paul Slichter