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

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

July 1, 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 2600-3000'.

Weather: Mostly sunny with a light to moderate breeze and temps in the mid- to upper 60s.


* Indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Antlered Perfume: Evernia prunastri

Wolf Lichen: Letharia vulpina

Brown-eyed Sunshine Lichen: Vulpicida canadensis

Earthstar Fungi: Geastrum sp.

Common Horsetail: Equiseum arvense

Bracken Fern: Pteridium aquilinum ssp. pubescens

Mountain Alder: Alnus incana ssp. tenuifolia

Western Juniper: Juniperus occidentalis

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Coast Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii

* Mock Orange: Philadelphus lewisii - Beginning to bloom.

Quaking Aspen: Populus tremuloides

Cascara: Rhamnus purshiana

Oregon White Oak: Quercus garryana var. garryana

Pacific Willow: Salix lasiandra var. caudata

Arroyo Willow: Salix lasiolepis

Scouler's Willow: Salix scouleriana

* Baltic Rush: Juncus balticus ssp. ater

* Soft Rush: Juncus effusus ssp. effusus

* Daggerleaf Rush: Juncus ensifolius

* Foothill Rush: Juncus trilocularis

* Fragile Sheath Sedge: Carex fracta ?

Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri

* Hood's Sedge: Carex hoodii ?

* Spikerush: Eleocharis sp ?

* Lemmon's Needlegrass: Achnatherum lemmonii ssp. lemmonii

* Slender Meadow Foxtail: Alopecurus myosuroides ?

* Meadow Brome: Bromus commutatus

* California Brome: Bromus sitchensis var. carinatus ?

* Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum

Pinegrass: Calamagrostis rubescens ? - Not in bloom yet.

* Slender Hair Grass: Deschampsia elongata

* 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

* Medusahead: Taenitherum caput-medusae

* Bread Wheat: Triticum aestivum

* North African Grass: Ventenata dubia

* Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum

Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Pods dehiscing.

* Columbia Lily: Lilium columbianum - Fading out of bloom in moist drainages.

Panicle Death Camas: Toxicoscordion paniculatum - Past bloom.

Meadow Death Camas: Toxicoscordion venenosum - Past bloom.

* Hyacinth Cluster Lily: Triteleia hyacinthina

Rein Orchid: Platanthera sp. - Last year's scapes.

* Heart-leaf Buckwheat: Eriogonum compositum var. compositum - Past peak bloom.

* Tall Buckwheat: Eriogonum elatum - In bud.

* Parsnip-flowered Buckwheat: Eriogonum heracleoides

* Scabland Wild Buckwheat Buckwheat: Eriogonum sphaerocephalum var. sublineare - Fading out of bloom.

* Strict Buckwheat: Eriogonum strictum var. proliferum

* Douglas' Knotweed: Polygonum douglasii

* Menzie's Catchfly: Silene menziesii - Non-sticky form. Bloom in moist drainages.

* Western Columbine: Aquilegia formosa

* Meadow Larkspur: Delphinium distichum - Beginning to bloom along moist drainages.

* White Water Buttercup: Ranunculus aquatilis var. aquatilis

* White Water Buttercup: Ranunculus aquatilis var. diffusus

* Little Buttercup: Ranunculus uncinatus - Fading out of bloom in moist drainages.

Western Meadow Rue: Thalictrum occidentale

Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens - Fruits forming but not ripe yet.

Rough Wallflower: Erysimum capitatum - Fruits forming.

* Watercress: Nasturtium officinale

Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum or Straggly Currant: Ribes divaricatum

Serviceberry: Amelanchier alnifolia - Fruits forming.

Douglas' Hawthorn: Crataegus douglasii - Fruits forming.

* Sticky Cinquefoil: Drymocallis glandulosa ssp. glandulosa

Ocean Spray: Holodiscus discolor - In bud.

* Meadow Cinquefoil: Potentilla gracilis var. flabelliformis

* Annual Burnet: Poteridium annuum

Chokecherry: Prunus virginiana - Fruits forming.

Antelope Bitterbrush: Purshia tridentata - Fruits forming..

* Pearhip Rose: Rosa woodsii

* Thimbleberry: Rubus parviflorus

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

* Nevada Deervetch: Acmispon nevadensis var. nevadensis - Peak bloom.

Yakima Milkvetch: Astragalus reventiformis - Maturing fruits.

* Meadow Deervetch: Hosackia pinnata- Fading out of bloom except in the moistest places.

* Lanszwert's Peavine: Lathyrus lanszwertii var. lanszwertii - Fading out of bloom.

* Spurred Lupine: Lupinus arbustus - Past peak bloom.

* Cup Clover: Trifolium cyathiferum - Fading out of bloom in moist drainages.

Big-head Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Past bloom.

* White Clover: Trifolium repens

* White-tip Clover: Trifolium variegatum - Fading out of bloom in moist drainages.

* American Vetch: Vicia americana var. americana

* Klamathweed: Hypericum perforatum

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

* Filaree: Erodium cicutarium - Fading out of bloom.

* Sticky Geranium: Geranium viscosissimum var. incisum

Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata - Leaves still visible.

* Bushy Blazing Star: Mentzelia dispersa - Fading out of bloom.

* Oregon Checker-mallow: Sidalcea oregana var. oregana - Beginning to bloom.

* Elkhorns Clarkia: Clarkia pulchella - Past peak bloom.

* Diamond Clarkia: Clarkia rhomboidea - Past peak bloom.

Tall Annual Evening Primrose: Epilobium brachycarpum

* Ciliate Willowherb: Epilobium ciliatum

* Brook Spike-primrose: Epilobium torreyi - Beginning to bloom.

* Sharptooth Angelica: Angelica arguta - Beginning to bloom.

Cow Parsnip: Heracleum lanatum

Bare-stem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule - Past bloom.

Nine Leaf Desert Parsley: Lomatium tridentatum var. triternatum - Past bloom.

Common Sweet-cicely: Osmorhiza berteroi

* Western Sweet-cicely: Osmorhiza occidentalis

Gairdner's Yampah: Perideridia montana - In bud.

* Pipsissewa: Chimaphila umbellata - Beginning to bloom.

* Pinedrops: Pterospora andromedea

* Nihgt-blooming Morning Glory: Calystegia atriplicifolia ssp. atriplicifolia

Spreading Dogbane: Apocynum androsaemifolium

* Muhlenberg's Centaury: Zeltnera muehlenbergii

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

* Large-flowered Collomia: Collomia grandiflora - Fading out of bloom.

Narrow-leaved Collomia: Collomia linearis - In bud.

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

* Needleleaf Navarretia: Navarretia intertexta

* Silverleaf Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. hastata - Fading out of bloom.

* Cryptanth: Cryptantha (affinis ?)

* Western Giant-hyssop: Agastache occidentalis - Fading out of bloom.

* Self-heal: Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolata

* Self-heal: Prunella vulgaris var. vulgaris

* Cooley's Hedge-nettle: Stachys cooleyae

Oblong Blue-curls: Trichostema oblongum

* Thin Paintbrush: Castilleja tenuis

* Small-leaved Monkeyflower: Erythranthe microphylla

* Musk Monkeyflower: Erythranthe moschata

* Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus - Beginning to bloom.

* Chain Speedwell: Veronica catenata - Couldn't get close to the plant for positive ID.

Common Plantain: Plantago major

Clustered Broomrape: Aphyllon fasciculatum - Past bloom.

Pine Broomrape: Aphyllon pinorum - Last year's stem.

* Cleavers: Galium aparine

* Northern Bedstraw: Galium boreale

* Blue Elderberry: Sambucus cerulea

* Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus

* Roundleaf Harebells: Campanula rotundifolia

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

* Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Pale Agoseris: Agoseris glauca var. glauca

* Large-flowered Agoseris: Agoseris grandiflora - Fading out of bloom.

* Annual Agoseris: Agoseris heterophylla - Mostly past bloom.

Spear-leaf Agoseris: Agoseris retrorsa - Going to seed.

Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha

Woodrush Pussytoes: Antennaria luzuloides - Going to seed.

Rosy Pussytoes: Antennaria microphylla - Going to seed.

Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia - Past bloom.

Stiff Sagebrush: Artemisia rigida

Western Mugwort: Artemisia ludoviciana var. ludoviciana ?

Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana

* Dustymaidens: Chaenactis douglasii var. douglasii - Nice bloom.

Bull Thistle: Cirsium vulgare - In bud.

Gray Hawksbeard: Crepis intermedia

Rubber Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosa var. speciosa

* California Rayless Daisy: Erigeron inornatus var. inornatus - Beginning to bloom.

* Yellow Desert Daisy: Erigeron linearis - Past peak bloom.

* Showy Fleabane: Erigeron speciosus

Oregon Sunshine: Eriophyllum lanatum var. integrifolium

Rough-leaved Aster: Eurybia radulina

Western Goldenrod: Euthamia occidentalis ? - Not in bloom yet. Plant of riparian areas.

* Lowland Cudweed: Gnaphalium palustre

* Least Tarweed: Hemizonella minima

* White-flowered Hawkweed: Hieracium albiflorum

* Meadow Hawkweed: Hieracium cespitosum

* Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri - Beginning to bloom.

Prickly Lettuce: Lactuca serriola

* Hareleaf: Lagophylla ramosissima

* Lemon-scented Tarweed: Madia citriodora

* Threadstem Tarweed: Madia exigua

* Mountain Tarweed: Madia glomerata

* Slendeer Tarweed: Madia gracilis ?

Nodding Microseris: Microseris nutans

Yellow Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltus - Past bloom.

* Tall Butterweed: Senecio serra var. serra

Western Mountain Aster: Symphyotrichum spathulatum ? - In bud in wetlands.

Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale

* Salsify: Tragopogon dubius


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

Belding Ground Squirrels

Pair of fawns (losing spots) flushed from brush.

Vaux's Swifts

Pair of Rufous Hummingbirds

Western Wood-peewees

Common Ravens

Red Crossbills

Spotted Towhees

Townsend's Solitaire

Western Tanagers - 2 females

Mountain Chickadees

Dark-eyed Juncos

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Brown Creeper

House Wrens

Garter Snakes - Numerous in drainages.

Rattlesnake

Pacific Treefrog - Juveniles

Admiral

Coronis Fritillary

Blues

Swallowtail

Pale Swallowtail


Paul Slichter