[Wildflower Bloom in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington: 2020]

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

May 23, 2020

Simcoe Mountains Unit of the Klickitat Wildlife Area

-A view northeast across shallow-soiled scablands towards the crest of Bickleton Ridge, East Simcoe Mountains Unit of the Klickitat Wildlife Area.......June 5, 2020.

, East Simcoe Mountains Unit of the Klickitat Wildlife Area.......June 5, 2020. - , East Simcoe Mountains Unit of the Klickitat Wildlife Area.......June 5, 2020.

The upper photo shows a view northeast across shallow-soiled scablands towards the crest of Bickleton Ridge. The photos below it show views up Box Canyon (left) and down Box Canyon (right). East Simcoe Mountains Unit of the Klickitat Wildlife Area.......June 5, 2020.

Note: Most of this hike was taken between the elevations of 2600-2800'.

Weather: Mostly sunny with a light breeze and temps in the mid-50s in the morning., perhaps up to 65 degrees in the afternoon.


* Indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Horse Hair Lichen: Bryoria sp.

Antlered Perfume: Evernia prunastri

Wolf Lichen: Letharia vulpina

Brown-eyed Sunshine Lichen: Vulpicida canadensis

Fontinalis Moss: Fontinalis sp.

Fragile Fern: Cystopteris fragilis

Bracken Fern: Pteridium aquilinum ssp. pubescens

Western Juniper: Juniperus occidentalis

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Red Osier Dogwood: Cornus occidentalis or C. stolonifera

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii

Black Cottonwood: Populus trichocarpa

* Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana var. garryana

Arroyo Willow: Salix lasiolepis

* Dwarf Rush: Juncus hemiendytus var. hemiendytus

Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri

* Little-wing Sedge: Carex microptera

* Spikerush: Eleocharis sp. ?

* Lemmon's Needlegrass: Achnatherum lemmonii ssp. lemmonii

* Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum

* One-spike Oatgrass: Danthonia unispicata

* Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides

Blue Wild Rye: Elymus glaucus ssp. glaucus

* Idaho Fescue: Festuca idahoensis

* Prairie Junegrass: Koeleria macrantha

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

* Nevada Bluegrass: Poa secunda var. juncifolia

* Sandberg's Bluegrass: Poa secunda var. secunda

* Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata

* North African Grass: Ventenata dubia

* Small Fescue: Vulpia microstachys

* Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum

Panicle Death Camas: Toxicoscordion paniculatum

* Meadow Death Camas: Toxicoscordion venenosum

Hyacinth Cluster Lily: Triteleia hyacinthina

Rein Orchid: Piperia sp.

* Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum - Beginning to bloom.

* Parsnip-flowered Buckwheat: Eriogonum heracleoides

Scabland Wild Buckwheat Buckwheat: Eriogonum sphaerocephalum var. sublineare

Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum (var. proliferum ?)

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum

Common Knotweed: Polygonum aviculare

Douglas' Knotweed: Polygonum douglasii

* Kellogg's Knotweed: Polygonum polygaloides ssp. kelloggii

Curly Dock: Rumex crispus

Line-leaf Montia: Montia linearis

Shining Starwort: Stellaria nitens

Western Columbine: Aquilegia formosa - In bud.

Hornseed Buttercup: Ceratocephala testiculata - Going to seed.

Meadow Larkspur: Delphinium distichum

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum

* Mousetail: Myosurus sp.

* Little Buttercup: Ranunculus uncinatus

Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens

Black-flowered Rockcress: Boechera atrorubens - With wood nymph butterfly larvae munching on the green seed pods.

Sicklepod Rockcress: Boechera pauciflora - Seed pods

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

* Rough Wallflower: Erysimum capitatum

* Lava Alumroot: Heuchera cylindrica ? - ID with binoculars due to difficult location to observe in.

* Small-flowered Prairiestar: Lithophragma parviflorum - Fading out of bloom.

* Northwestern Saxifrage: Micranthes integrifolia - Fading out of bloom.

Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum - Past bloom

* Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia

* Douglas' Hawthorn: Crataegus douglasii

Cinquefoil: Drymocallis sp.

* Broadpetal Strawberry: Fragaria virginiana ssp. glauca - Beginning to bloom.

* Old Man's Beard: Geum triflorum var. ciliatum

Ocean Spray: Holodiscus discolor

Slender Cinquefoil: Potentilla gracilis var. gracilis - Leaves.

Western Burnet: Poteridium annuum

Bitter Cherry: Prunus emarginata

Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana - In bud.

* Antelope Bitterbrush: Purshia tridentata

Pearhip Rose: Rosa woodsii ? or Rosa gymnocarpa ?

* Nevada Deervetch: Acmispon nevadensis var. nevadensis - Beginning to bloom.

* Yakima Milkvetch: Astragalus reventiformis - Some in flower, others with maturing fruits.

* Meadow Deervetch: Hosackia pinnata

* Lanszwert's Peavine: Lathyrus lanszwertii var. lanszwertii

* Few-flowered Pea: Lathyrus pauciflorus

* Spurred Lupine: Lupinus arbustus

* Broadleaf Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. latifolius

Prairie Lupine: Lupinus lepidus (var. aridus ?) - only leaves.

Big-head Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Past bloom.

* American Vetch: Vicia americana var. americana

* Buck Brush: Ceanothus sanguineus

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Sticky Geranium: Geranium viscosissimum var. incisum

Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata - Long past bloom.

Oregon Checker-mallow: Sidalcea oregana var. oregana

Tall Annual Evening Primrose: Epilobium brachycarpum

* Diffuse Groundsmoke: Gayophytum diffusum

* Fern-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium dissectum/ multifidum - In bloom on steep canyon walls where we could not get to the plants.

* Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

Gray-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium macrocarpum

Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium papilioniferum

* Nine Leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium tridentatum var. triternatum

Common Sweet-cicely: Osmorhiza berteroi

Western Sweet-cicely: Osmorhiza occidentalis - Leaves.

Gairdner's Yampah: Perideridia montana

Pinedrops: Pterospora andromedea

Spreading Dogbane: Apocynum androsaemifolium

* Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum - Fading out of bloom.

Large-flowered Collomia: Collomia grandiflora

Narrow-leaf Collomia: Collomia linearis

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

Navarretia: Navarretia sp.

* Tufted Phlox: Phlox cespitosa - Fading out of bloom.

*Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa

Littlebells Polemonium: Polemonium micranthum

Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii

Small-flowered Nemophila: Nemophila parviflora var. austiniae

* Linear-leaf Phacelia: Phacelia linearis

* Blue Scorpion-grass: Myosotis micrantha

* Popcornflower: Plagiobothrys (originally P. scouleri)

* Slender Popcornflower: Plagiobothrys tenellus - Fading out of bloom.

Self-heal: Prunella vulgaris var. vulgaris ?

* Thin Paintbrush: Castilleja tenuis

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Musk Monkeyflower: Erythranthe moschata - Leaves. Uncertain ID.

* Lowly Penstemon: Penstemon humilis

Cutleaf Penstemon: Penstemon richardsonii var. richardsonii

* Purslane Speedwell: Veronica peregrina var. xalapensis

* Thyme-leaved Speedwell: Veronica serpyllifolia var. serpyllifolia

* Cleavers: Galium aparine

* Fragrant Bedstraw: Galium triflorum

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus

Roundleaf Harebells: Campanula rotundifolia

Rare-flowered Heterocodon: Heterocodon rariflorum

*Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

Spear-leaf Agoseris: Agoseris retrorsa

Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha

* Woodrush Pussytoes: Antennaria luzuloides - Beginning to bloom.

* Howell's Pussytoes: Antennaria howellii ssp. howellii

* Rosy Pussytoes: Antennaria microphylla

* Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia

* Foothills Arnica: Arnica sororia - Beginning to bloom in riparian areas.

Stiff Sagebrush: Artemisia rigida

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana

Tumble Knapweed: Centaurea diffusa

* Dustymaidens: Chaenactis douglasii var. douglasii

Bull Thistle: Cirsium vulgare

* Baker's Hawksbeard: Crepis bakeri

Smooth Hawksbeard: Crepis capillaris - Leaves.

* Gray Hawksbeard: Crepis intermedia

* Western Hawksbeard: Crepis occidentalis

Rabbitbrush Goldenweed: Ericameria bloomeri

Rubber Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosa var. speciosa

* Yellow Desert Daisy: Erigeron linearis

* Oregon Sunshine: Eriophyllum lanatum var. integrifolium

* Least Tarweed: Hemizonella minima

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri var. cynoglossoides

* Hareleaf: Lagophylla ramosissima

* Pineapple Weed: Matricaria discoidea

False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides

* Bristlehead: Rigiopappus leptocladus

Yellow Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltus

Western Mountain Aster: Symphyotrichum spathulatum ? - in wetlands.

Salsify: Tragopogon dubius


Animals Seen at the Simcoe Mountains Unit of the Klickitat Wildlife Area:

Boisduval's Blue

Columbia Dotted Blue ?

Indra Swallowtail

Julia's Orangetip larva on Boechera atrorubens


Paul Slichter