[Wildflower Bloom Reports for the Columbia River Gorge: 2018]

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington

Mill Creek Ridge (Columbia Land Trust property south of The Dalles, OR)

April 22, 2018

Carey's balsamroot blooming enmasse at Mill Creek Ridge, Columbia River Gorge..........April 22, 2018.

Carey's balsamroot blooming enmasse at Mill Creek Ridge, Columbia River Gorge..........April 22, 2018. The peak bloom should be sometime in the next week at lower elevations around The Dalles, OR.

* Indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Antlered Perfume: Evernia prunastri

Fragile Fern: Cystopteris fragilis

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana - Beginning to leaf out.

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicatum

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus - Basal leaves.

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Fading out of bloom.

Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

Snow Buckwheat: Eriogonum niveum

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. perfoliata

* Red Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia rubra ssp. rubra

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

* Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

* Fringe Pod: Thysanocarpus curvipes

* Smooth Praire Star: Lithophragma glabrum

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Micranthes integrifolia - Fading.

* Nesting Saxifrage: Micranthes nidifica - Fading.

* Common Broad-leaf Lupine: Lupinus latifolius x sericeus (L. latifolius var. thompsonianus) - Beginning to bloom.

* Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Beginning to bloom.

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Poison Oak: Toxicodendron diversiloba - Beginning to leaf out.

Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum - Past bloom.

* Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

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

Columbia Frasera: Frasera albicaulis ssp. columbiana - In bud.

* Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens - Fading out of bloom.

Baby Stars: Leptosiphon bicolor - Leaves.

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

* Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii

Silverleaf Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. hastata - In bud.

* Puccoon: Lithospermum ruderale - Beginning to bloom.

* Rusty Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys nothofulvus

* Slender Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys tenellus

* Narrowleaf Paintbrush: Castilleja attenuata

* Harsh Paintbrush: Castilleja hispida var. acuta

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Bedstraw: Galium aparine var. echinospermum

* Big Root: Marah oreganus

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus - Beginning to leaf out.

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium - In bud.

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana

Columbia Goldenweed: Columbiadora hallii

* Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule - Fading out of bloom.

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri (var. cynoglossoides ?)

* False Agoseris, Prairie Dandelion: Nothocalais troximoides

* Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var.ochroleucus- Beginning to bloom.

* Common Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale


Animals Seen Along This Route Today:

Turkey Vultures

Red-tailed Hawks

Lewis' Woodpeckers

Northern Flickers

Ravens

Scrub Jays

Stellers Jays

Spotted Towhees

Dark-eyed Juncos

Ruby-crowned Kinglets

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Violet-green Swallows

Pacific Wrens

Western Tree Frogs

California Tortoiseshells

Julia's Orangetips

Fairy Longhorn Moths

Bumblebees

Hoover Flies


Carey's balsamroots blooming under the oaks along the Memaloose Trail, Columbia River Gorge.......April 14, 2018. - Meadows of western buttercups on the Memaloose Plateau, Columbia River Gorge........April 14, 2018.

Meadows of western buttercups on the Memaloose Plateau, Columbia River Gorge........April 14, 2018.

Wildflower bloom on the Memaloose Plateau, Columbia River Gorgel..........April 14, 2018.

Paul Slichter