[Wildflower Bloom Reports for the Columbia River Gorge: 2013]

[Wildflower Destinations in the Columbia River Gorge]

Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington

Crawford Oaks and Eightmile Creek drainage

Columbia Hills State Park from State Highway 14 (Crawford Oaks gate) east to the Devils Gap

April 9, 2018

Bigleaf maples leafing out and blooming along SR14 at the Crawford Oaks Trailhead, Columbia Hills Historical State Park........April 9, 2018.

Bigleaf maples leafing out and blooming along SR14 at the Crawford Oaks Trailhead, Columbia Hills Historical State Park........April 9, 2018.

-Weather: Partly cloudy to mostly sunny but with hazy sunshine due to fires in Asia. Temperatures in the mid 40s to 50s in the morning rising to the upper 60s in the afternoon. Calm to light winds.

* indicates a wildflower currently in bloom.

Complete Plant List for the Crawford Oaks/Eightmile Creek portion of the Columbia Hills State Park.

Wallace's Spike Moss: Selaginella wallacei

Lace Lipfern: Cheilanthes gracillima

Gold-back Fern: Pentagramma triangularis

Imbricate Sword Fern: Polystichum imbricans

Bracken Fern: Pteridium aquilinum

Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

* Leiberg's Bluegrass: Poa leibergii

* Nevada Bluegrass: Poa secunda var. juncifolia

* Sandberg's Bluegrass: Poa secunda var. secunda

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata

Medusahead: Taeniatherum caput-medusae

* Brome Fescue: Vulpia bromoides

* Big-leaf Maple: Acer macrophyllum

* Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana var. garryana - Beginning to leaf out and bloom.

* Arroyo Willow: Salix lasiolepis ?

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - In bud.

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus

* Panicle Deathcamas: Toxicoscordion paniculatum

Bicolored Clusterlily: Triteleia grandiflora ssp. howellii - In bud.

Northern Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum - In bud. Yellow-flowered version.

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

Snow Buckwheat: Eriogonum niveum

* Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana - Fading except in moist or shady areas.

* Dwarf Miner's Lettuce: Montia dichotoma

* Sticky Chickweed: Cerastium glomeratum

* Jagged Chickweed: Holosteum umbellatum

* Common Chickweed: Stellaria media - Fading except in moist or shady areas.

* Shining Oregon Grape: Berberis aquifolium

* Little Western Bittercress: Cardamine oligosperma - Fading out of bloom.

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

Scale Pod: Idahoa scapigera - Seed pods.

* Fringepods: Thysanocarpus curvipes - Fading out of bloom.

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii - Leafing out.

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum

* Peak Saxifrage: Saxifraga nidifica

* Bittercherry: Prunus emarginata var. emarginata - Beginning to bloom.

Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana var. melanocarpa - Leafing out.

* Domestic Pear Trees: Pyrus communis

Evergreen Blackberry: Rubus laciniatus

* Columbia Gorge Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus - Beginning to bloom.

Velvet Lupine: Lupinus leucophyllus - Leaves are up.

Small-flowered Lupine: Lupinus micranthus - Leaves are up.

* Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Fading out of bloom.

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Klamathweed: Hypericum perforatum

* Chervil: Anthriscus scandicina

* Klickitat Desert Parsley: Lomatium klickitatensis

* Smooth Desert Parsley: Lomatium laevigatum

* Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Nineleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. brevifolium

* Nineleaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum

* Midget Phlox: Phlox gracilis - Fading out of bloom.

* Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa - Beginning to bloom.

* Ballhead Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum v. thompsonii - Fading out of bloom.

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

Varileaf Phacelia: Phacelia heterophylla ssp. heterophylla - In bud.

* Fireweed Fiddleneck: Amsinckia retrorsa

* Weakstem Cryptanth: Cryptantha flaccida

* Little Combseed: Gruvelia pusilla

* Puccoon: Lithospermum ruderale - Beginning to bloom.

Scouler's Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys scouleri (var. pencillatus or var. scouleri) - Too early to ID.

* Slender Popcorn Flower: Plagiobothrys tenellus

Henbit: Lamium amplexicaule

* Narrowleaf Owlclover: Castilleja attenuata - Beginning to bloom.

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora - Fading out of bloom.

* Chickweed Monkeyflower: Mimulus alsinoides

* Naked Broomrape: Orobanche uniflora var. occidentalis

* Naked Broomrape: Orobanche uniflora var. purpurea

Annual Bedstraw, Cleavers: Galium aparine var. echinospermum

* Long-spurred Plectritis: Plectritis ciliosa ?

* White Plectritis: Plectritis macrocera - Fading out of bloom except where moist.

* Wild Cucumber: Marah oreganus

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium - In bud.

* Annual Agoseris: Agoseris heterophylla

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana

Rush Skeletonweed: Chondrilla juncea

Gray Hawksbeard: Crepis intermedia - Basal leaves visible.

Western Hawsbeard: Crepis occidentalis - Basal leaves visible.

Gray Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosa (v. speciosa?)

* Cushion Fleabane: Erigeron poliospermus - Beginning to bloom.

* False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides

* Silver Puffs: Uropappus lindleyi - In bloom around the trailhead.

* Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale

Animals Seen Along This Route:

California Ground Squirrels

Turkey Vultures

Red-tailed Hawks

Peregrine Falcon




Scrub Jays

Northern Flicker

Lewis' Woodpeckers - Displaying mating behaviors?

Hairy Woodpecker

Western Meadowlarks

Spotted Towhee

Western Bluebirds

White-crowned Sparrows

Dark-eyed Juncos

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Violet-green Swallows

Canyon Wren

Rock Wrens

California Tortoiseshells

Julia's Orange Tips

Paul Slichter