[Columbia River Gorge Wildflower Reports]

Currently Blooming Wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge

Catherine and Major Creeks (between Bingen, WA and Lyle, WA)

March 7, 1999


The areas listed on this page appear to be one to two weeks behind last years blooming periods.

1. Yellow Bells Fritillaria pudica

2. Grass Widow: Sisyrinchium douglasii var. douglasii

3. Line-leaf Montia Montia linearis

4. Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis

5. Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii

6. Smooth Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabra

7. Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia var. integrifolia

8. Western Saxifrage: Saxifraga occidentalis

9. Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

10. Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi

11. Salt & Pepper or Piper's Desert Parsley: Lomatium piperi

12. Poet's Shooting Star Dodecatheon poeticum several almost ready to flower.

13. Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

Animals seen:

1. Northern Flicker- 2

2. Numerous small butterflies feeding on Lomatium piperi

3. several Steller's Jays

4. Numerous American Robins

5. about a dozen Western Meadowlarks

6. numerous Dark-eyed Juncos

7. 1 black Ground Beetle

8. 1 California Ground Squirrel

Weeds in bloom at the nearby rest area on State Road #14.

1. Common Chickweed: Stellaria media

2. Western Bitter Cress Cardamine oligosperma

Paul Slichter