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

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

June 5, 2020

Simcoe Mountains Unit of the Klickitat Wildlife Area

-A view northeast across biscuit-swale habitats on the Simcoe Mountains Unit of the Klickitat Wildlife Area......June 5, 2020.

A view northeast towards the crest of Bickleton Ridge across the typical biscuit-swale habitats here, where plant life is more abundant and diversified atop the biscuits (with deeper soils) than on the swales with their thinner soils, East Simcoe Mountains Unit, Klickitat Wildlife Area.......June 5, 2020.

Note: Most of this hike was taken between the elevations of 2690-2970'.

Weather: Mostly cloudy with a light breeze and temps in the mid-60s.


* 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

Fragile Fern: Cystopteris fragilis

Bracken Fern: Pteridium aquilinum ssp. pubescens

Western Juniper: Juniperus occidentalis

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Coast Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii

Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii - In bud.

Quaking Aspen: Populus tremuloides

Cascara: Rhamnus purshiana

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana var. garryana

Arroyo Willow: Salix lasiolepis

Scouler's Willow: Salix scouleriana

Rush: Juncus sp ?

Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri

* Little-wing Sedge: Carex microptera ?

* Spikerush: Eleocharis sp ?

* Lemmon's Needlegrass: Achnatherum lemmonii ssp. lemmonii

* Meadow Brome: Bromus commutatus

* Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum

* Calamagrostis sp.

Pinegrass: Calamagrostis rubescens ? - Not in bloom yet.

* 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

* Bread Wheat: Triticum aestivum

* North African Grass: Ventenata dubia

* Small Fescue: Vulpia microstachys

* Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus ssp. macrocarpus - Several weeks from bloom.

Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum var. grandiflorum - Past bloom.

Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Pods dehiscing.

* Columbia Lily: Lilium columbianum - Beginning to bloom in moist drainages.

Panicle Death Camas: Toxicoscordion paniculatum - Past bloom.

* Meadow Death Camas: Toxicoscordion venenosum

Hyacinth Cluster Lily: Triteleia hyacinthina

Rein Orchid: Platanthera sp.

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

Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum - In bud.

* Parsnip-flowered Buckwheat: Eriogonum heracleoides

* Scabland Wild Buckwheat Buckwheat: Eriogonum sphaerocephalum var. sublineare

* Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum var. proliferum - Beginning to bloom.

Wire-stem Buckwheat: Eriogonum vimineum - Inflorescence forming.

Common Knotweed: Polygonum aviculare

Douglas' Knotweed: Polygonum douglasii

Sheep Sorrel: Rumex acetosella

Intermontane Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana - Past bloom under pine trees.

Spring Water Chickweed: Montia fontana - Past bloom in moist drainages.

Line-leaf Montia: Montia linearis

* Menzie's Catchfly: Silene menziesii - Non-sticky form. Beginning to bloom along moist drainages.

Shining Starwort: Stellaria nitens

Western Columbine: Aquilegia formosa

Meadow Larkspur: Delphinium distichum - In bud along moist drainages.

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum var. nuttallianum - Fading out of bloom along moist drainages.

* Little Buttercup: Ranunculus uncinatus

Western Meadow Rue: Thalictrum occidentale

Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens

Black-flowered Rockcress: Boechera atrorubens -

* Sicklepod Rockcress: Boechera pauciflora - Seed pods

* Rough Wallflower: Erysimum capitatum

Scalepod: Idahoa scapigera - Fruits have dropped seeds.

* Tumblemustard: Sisymbrium altissimum

Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia - Past bloom.

Douglas' Hawthorn: Crataegus douglasii ? or Suksdorf's Hawthorn: Crataegus gaylussacia ? - No flowers. Leaves were a mix of both species.

* Sticky Cinquefoil: Drymocallis glandulosa ssp. glandulosa

* Broadpetal Strawberry: Fragaria virginiana ssp. glauca - Still in bloom in moist drainages.

Ocean Spray: Holodiscus discolor - Not in bloom yet.

Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana - Just past bloom in moist drainages.

Antelope Bitterbrush: Purshia tridentata - Past bloom.

Pearhip Rose: Rosa woodsii ?

American Bird's-foot Trefoil: Acmispon americanus var. americanus

* 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

* Leafy Pea: Lathyrus polyphyllus

* Spurred Lupine: Lupinus arbustus

* Cup Clover: Trifolium cyathiferum - Beginning to bloom in moist drainages.

Big-head Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Past bloom.

* White-tip Clover: Trifolium variegatum - Beginning to bloom in moist drainages.

* American Vetch: Vicia americana var. americana

Scouler's St. John's-wort: Hypericum scouleri

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium

Sticky Geranium: Geranium viscosissimum var. incisum

* Hook-spurred Violet: Viola adunca - Fading out of bloom along moist drainages.

Upland Yellow Violet: Viola nuttallii var. praemorsa

Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata - Long past bloom.

* White-stem Blazing Star: Mentzelia albicaulis

Oregon Checker-mallow: Sidalcea oregana var. oregana

* Slender Clarkia: Clarkia gracilis

* Elkhorns Clarkia: Clarkia pulchella

* Diamond Clarkia: Clarkia rhomboidea

Tall Annual Evening Primrose: Epilobium brachycarpum

* Ciliate Willowherb: Epilobium ciliatum

Angelica: Angelica sp. (arguta or canbyi)

* Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule - Fading out of bloom.

Gray-leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium macrocarpum

Nine Leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium tridentatum var. triternatum

Common Sweet-cicely: Osmorhiza berteroi

Pipsissewa: Chimaphila umbellata

Pinedrops: Pterospora andromedea

Spreading Dogbane: Apocynum androsaemifolium

Poet's Shooting Star: Dodecatheon poeticum - Past bloom.

* Large-flowered Collomia: Collomia grandiflora - Beginning to bloom.

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis - Fading out of bloom in drainages.

* Needleleaf Navarretia: Navarretia intertexta

* Showy Phlox: Phlox speciosa - Mostly past bloom.

Littlebells Polemonium: Polemonium micranthum - Long past bloom.

Ball-head Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii - Long past bloom.

Small-flowered Nemophila: Nemophila parviflora var. austiniae - Long past bloom.

* Silverleaf Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. hastata

* Linear-leaf Phacelia: Phacelia linearis

* Rigid Fiddleneck: Amsinckia retrorsa - Fading out of bloom.

* Cryptanth: Cryptantha (affinis ?)

* Blue Scorpion-grass: Myosotis micrantha

Popcornflower: Plagiobothrys (originally P. scouleri) - Long past bloom.

Slender Popcornflower: Plagiobothrys tenellus - Going to seed.

Self-heal: Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolata

* Harsh Paintbrush: Castilleja hispida var. acutus

* Thin Paintbrush: Castilleja tenuis

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

* Short-flowered Monkeyflower: Erythranthe breviflora

* Small-leaved Monkeyflower: Erythranthe microphylla

* Lowly Penstemon: Penstemon humilis

Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus

* Blue Water Speedwell: Veronica anagallis-aquatica ? - Couldn't get close to the plant for positive ID.

* Clustered Broomrape: Aphyllon fasciculatum

* Cleavers: Galium aparine

* Northern Bedstraw: Galium boreale - Beginning to bloom in wet drainages

Fragrant Bedstraw: Galium triflorum

* Milky Kelloggia: Kelloggia galioides - Beginning to bloom.

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus

Roundleaf Harebells: Campanula rotundifolia

Rare-flowered Heterocodon: Heterocodon rariflorum - In bud in moist drainages.

* Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Large-flowered Agoseris: Agoseris grandiflora - Beginning to bloom.

* Annual Agoseris: Agoseris heterophylla - Mostly past bloom.

* Spear-leaf Agoseris: Agoseris retrorsa

Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha

* Woodrush Pussytoes: Antennaria luzuloides -

* Rosy Pussytoes: Antennaria microphylla

Narrowleaf Pussytoes: Antennaria stenophylla - Past bloom.

* Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia - Fading out of bloom.

Stiff Sagebrush: Artemisia rigida

* Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana

* Dustymaidens: Chaenactis douglasii var. douglasii - Beginning to bloom.

* Baker's Hawksbeard: Crepis bakeri ?

* Gray Hawksbeard: Crepis intermedia

* Western Hawksbeard: Crepis occidentalis

Rubber Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosa var. speciosa

California Rayless Daisy: Erigeron inornatus var. inornatus

* Yellow Desert Daisy: Erigeron linearis

* Oregon Sunshine: Eriophyllum lanatum var. integrifolium

* Least Tarweed: Hemizonella minima

White-flowered Hawkweed: Hieracium albiflorum - In bud.

Prickly Lettuce: Lactuca serriola

* Hareleaf: Lagophylla ramosissima

* Lemon-scented Tarweed: Madia citriodora

* Threadstem Tarweed: Madia exigua

* Mountain Tarweed: Madia glomerata

* Nodding Microseris: Microseris nutans

* Yellow Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltus - Mostly past bloom.

Western Mountain Aster: Symphyotrichum spathulatum ? - in wetlands.

Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale

* Salsify: Tragopogon dubius


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

Vaux's Swifts

Hummingbird

Hairy Woodpeckers

Pileated Woodpeckers

Northern Flickers

Western Wood-peewee

Common Ravens

Mountain Chickadees

White-breasted Nuthatches

Western Bluebirds

American Robins

Evening Grosbeak

Cassin's Finches

Pine Siskin

Chipping Sparrows

Brewer's Sparrow

Dark-eyed Juncos

Vesper Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Spotted Towhees

Black-headed Grosbeaks

Ochre Ringlets

Fritillarys

Blues


Paul Slichter