[Columbia River Gorge Wildflower Reports]

Currently Blooming Wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge

March 5, 2000


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

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


1. Grass Widow: Sisyrinchium douglasii var. douglasii

2. Line-leaf Montia Montia linearis

3. Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis

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

5. Smooth Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabrum

6. Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia var. integrifolia

7. Western Saxifrage: Saxifraga occidentalis

8. Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum

9. Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi

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

11. Spreading Nemophila, Meadow Nemophila: Nemophila pedunculata

12. Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule

Animals seen:

1. Northern Flicker- 2

2. Numerous small butterflies feeding on Lomatium piperi

3. a swarm of nagging Steller's Jays

4. Numerous American Robins

5. Western Meadowlarks

6. numerous Dark-eyed Juncos

7. several Red-breasted Nuthatches

8. several Golden-crowned Kinglets

9. several herds of Mule Deer

10. Hairy Woodpecker-2

11. Lewis' Woodpecker-2

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