[The Hound's Tongues of the Columbia
River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]
Grand Hound's Tongue, Great Hound's Tongue, Pacific Hound's Tongue
Great hound's tongue as seen at Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge Scenic
Area.....April 14, 2007.
The photo at right shows a close-up of the inflorescence of great hound's
tongue as seen at Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge Scenic Area.....May 4, 1991.
Great hound's tongue is an attractive addition to the open woodland garden where it does well under Oregon white oaks. I have one that has flowered dependably for a number of years, slowly increasing in size. So far it has not naturalized, which might be a concern out of its range since so many borages can spread easily and become a nuisance. If you buy plants from a nursery, make sure that the flowers are blue rather than purple or violet, the sign of the weedy common houndstongue which you don't want to start in your neighborhood!
Great hound's tongue may be found in open oak or pine woods
at lower and middle elevations.
Great hound's tongue may be found from southern British Columbia
south to San Luis Obispo and Tulare counties, Californa. It is found wholly
west of the Cascades except inthe Columbia River Gorge.
In the Columbia River Gorge, it may be found between the elevations
of 100'-2500' between Grant Lake in the west and the Klickitat River in the east.
Great houndstongue as seen amidst poison oak in oak forest on the east side of Catherine Creek about two-thirds of a mile north of the powerlines. Columbia River Gorge.........April 3, 2012.
Great hound's tongue blooming along the Dog Mountain Trail in the Columbia River Gorge.........May 4, 2011.
Great hound's tongue blooming along upper Catherine Creek and on the west-facing slopes of Tracy Hill, Columbia River Gorge........April 8, 2014.
The photo at left shows great hound's tongue blooming along the trail on Starvation Ridge, Columbia River Gorge..........April 26, 2015. The photo at right shows a close-up of the inflorescence of great hound's tongue as seen along the Wygant Trail just east of Perham Creek, Wygant State natural Area..........March 29, 2015.
Great hound's tongue blooming under the oaks at Catherine Creek..........April 13, 2016.