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

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington

Catherine Creek

April 19, 2017

Masses of gold stars (Crocidium multicaule) and upland larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum) blooming at Catherine Creek.......April 19, 2017.

A carpet of gold stars(Crocidium multicaule) and upland larkspurs (Delphinium nuttallianum) on the canyon walls of Catherine Creek.........April 19, 2017.

* Indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Comprehensive Catherine Creek Plant List

Weather: Mostly cloudy, mostly calm with winds increasing to 5-10 mph by mid-afternoon. Temps in low to mid 50s. Much nicer than forecast!

Route: Trail up past arch, trail up east the side of Catherine Creek to above the Arch and east to Minor Creek....... about 3 miles.


Glossy Red Bryum Moss: Bryum miniatum - On rocks in the creeks or at seeps.

Juniper Haircap Moss: Polytrichum juniperinum

Polytrichum Moss: Polytrichum pilferum

Wallace's Spikemoss: Selaginella wallacei

Podfern: Aspidotis densa - New foliage emerging.

Licorice Fern: Polypodium glycyrrhiza

* Bigleaf Maple: Acer macrophyllum

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana var. garryana - Some trees beginning to leaf out.

* Common Woodrush: Luzula multiflora ?

* Annual Bluegrass: Poa annua

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

* Nevada Bluegrass: Poa secunda ssp. juncifolia

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - Basal leaves abundant on rock outcrops with shallow soils.

Ball-head Cluster Lily: Dichelostemma congestum (formerly Brodiaea congesta) - Basal leaves only.

* Common Camas: Camassia quamash var. breviflora - Beginning to bloom. Still 7-10 days from peak bloom..

* Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum var. grandiflorum - Fading out of bloom under the oaks along Catherine Creek.

* Chocolate Lily: Fritillaria affinis

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Only a fewplants seen in flower.

* Bicolored Cluster Lily: Triteleia grandiflora var. howellii - Several plants in bud.

* Meadow Death-camas: Zigadenus venenosus var. venenosus - About 7 days from full bloom.

Grass Widows: Olsynium douglasii (old var. douglasii) - Past bloom.

Common Bastard Toad Flax: Comandra umbellata var. californica - In bud under the oaks beneath the arch.

Northern Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum - Only leaves.

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata var. perfoliata - Beginning to bloom.

Bitterroot: Lewisia rediviva - Many plants with flower buds.

* Water Chickweed: Montia fontana var. tenerrima

* Line-leaf Montia: Montia linearis

* Chickweed: Stellaria media

Meadow Larkspur: Delphinium distichum - Numerous clusters of basal leaves in wet drainages.

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

* Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis

* Shining Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium

* Dutchman Breeches: Dicentra cucullaria - A few plants seen stil in bloom under the oaks. Past their peak

* Mouse-ear Cress: Arabidopsis thaliana

* Spring Whitlow Grass: Draba verna - Fading out of bloom.

Scale Pod: Idahoa scapigera - Numerous pods in moist places.

* Shepherd's Cress: Teesdalia nudicaulis

Fringe Pods: Thysanocarpus curvipes

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum - Past their peak.

* Brittle-leaved Saxifrage: Micranthes fragosa

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Micranthes integrifolia

* Rustyhair Saxifrage: Micranthes rufidula - Fading out of bloom.

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii - Beginning to leaf out.

* Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia var. ?() - Beginning to bloom.

Oceanspray: Holodiscus discolor - Leafing out.

Blackcap: Rubus leucodermis - Ditch at west side of parking area.

Annual Burnet: Poteridium occidentale

* Small-flowered Lupine: Lupinus micranthus - Beginning to bloom.

Columbia Gorge Lupine: Lupinus latifolius x sericeus - Some plants with budding racemes visible near Catherine Creek. Blooming along the old highway adjacent to Rowland Lake.

* Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Beginning to bloom along the road below the crossing of Catherine Creek.

* Sand Clover: Trifolium oliganthum (formerly Trifolium variegatum) - A few plants beginning to bloom in the area burned several summers ago.

* Cutleaf Violet: Viola sheltonii - Beginning to bloom. under the oaks along the east side of Catherine Creek.

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Poison Oak: Rhus diversiloba - A few plants beginning to leaf out.

* Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum - Mostly past bloom.

* Klickitat Desert Parsley: Lomatium klickitatense (Synonym: Lomatium grayii) - Peak bloom.

* Biscuitroot: Lomatium macrocarpum (yellow-flowered form) - Just past peak bloom.

* Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Nineleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum - Beginning to bloom.

* Sierra Snakeroot: Sanicula graveolens

* Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum - Still a week from peak bloom.

* Baby Stars: Leptosiphon bicolor - Beginning to bloom.

Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

* Ballhead Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii

Silver-leaf Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. hastata - In bud.

* Rigid Fiddleneck: Amsinckia menziesii var. menziesii

* Weak-stem Cryptantha: Cryptantha flaccida

* Great Houndstongue: Cynoglossum grande

* Rusty Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys nothofulvus

* Matted Popcorn flower: Plagiobothry scouleri var. penicillatus

* Slender Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys tenellus

* Henbit: Lamium amplexicaule

* Red Dead Nettle: Lamium purpureum

Attenuate Paintbrush: Castilleja attenuata - Only foliage.

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

* Few-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia sparsiflora - Excellent bloom especially in the area of last year's fire.

* Chickweed Monkey Flower: Mimulus alsinoides

* Common Monkey Flower: Mimulus guttatus

Barrett's Penstemon: Penstemon barrettiae - Plants beginning to form stems with flower buds.

Cutleaf Penstemon: Penstemon richardsonii var. richardsonii - Only leaves.

* Slender Plantain: Plantago elongata

* Naked Broomrape: Orobanche uniflora var. purpurea - Peak bloom.

* Bedstraw, Cleavers: Galium aparine

* Big Root: Marah oreganus - Beginning to bloom.

* Long-spurred Plectritis: Plectritis ciliosa

* Rosy Plectritis: Plectritis congesta - About 7-10 days from peak bloom.

* White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera - Still in bloom along Old Highway at crest of hill west of parking area.

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium - In bud.

* Annual Agoseris: Agoseris heterophylla

Spearleaf Agoseris: Agoseris retrorsa

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana - In bloom where there's deeper soil.

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri

* False Agoseris, Prairie Dandylion: Nothocalais troximoides

* Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale

Animals Seen Along This Route Today:

Immature Bald Eagle


Turkey Vultures

Northern Flickers - Heard

Downy Woodpecker

Stellers Jays

Spotted Towhees

American Robins

Western Bluebirds

Violet-green Swallows

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Alligator Lizard

Bumble Bees

Anise Swallowtail

Sara's Orangetips

Paul Slichter