[Columbia River Gorge Wildflower Reports]

Currently Blooming Wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge

Catherine Creek (between Bingen, WA and Lyle, WA)

March 8, 1998


The photo at right shows salt & pepper: Lomatium piperi .

1. Pale-anthered Glacier Lily: Erythronium grandiflorum var. pallidum - Several dozen plants in bloom.

2. Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica

3. Grass Widow: Sisyrinchium douglasii var. douglasii -Abundant.

4. Line-leaf Montia: Montia linearis

5. Western Buttercup: Ranunculus occidentalis - Abundant.

6. Oaks Toothwort: Cardamine pulcherrima var. pulcherrima

7. Spring Whitlow-grass: Draba verna var. boerhaavii - Abundant.

8. Dutchman's Breeches: Dicentra cucullaria

9. Smooth Prairie Star: Lithophragma glabra -Abundant on cliffsides.

10. Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia var. integrifolia - Moderate bloom.

11. Western Saxifrage: Saxifraga occidentalis -Abundant.

12. Columbia Desert Parsley: Lomatium columbianum -Moderate bloom.

13. Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi

14. Salt & Pepper or Piper's Desert Parsley: Lomatium piperi - Abundant.

15. Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

16. Rosy Plectritis: Plectritis congesta

17. Gold Stars: Crocidium multicaule - Abundant on drier slopes.

18. False Agoseris: Microseris troximoides

The leaves of many other wildflowers are also well advanced. Lupinus latifolius is up to 6" tall. A number of Lupinus micranthus have flower buds. The camas range in size from 1 - 6" in height. Several Dodecatheon poeticum showed signs of blooming within days. In the oak woods, the leaves ofSanicula graveolans, Viola sheltonii, and Hydrophyllum capitatum are abundant. These latter of course will be blooming later this spring.
Paul Slichter