Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 23, 2017

Columbia River Gorge Wildflowers 5/22/17- updated

Oregon Wildflowers has three new reports for the Columbia River Gorge

Dog Mountain – Although the balsamroot is not yet at its peak, there are numerous flowers blooming including: Fairy slipper, Spreading Phlox, Chocolate Lily, Mountain Pennycress, Bi-colored cluster lily, Indian Paintbrush, Western Starflower, White Western Groundsel, and Nuttall`s Larkspur. Additional photos can be found here and here.

Ruckel Creek Trail -the wildflowers in the hanging meadows along this trail look wonderful. Photos available at this FB page.

Hamilton Mountain There are plenty of wildflowers to see along the Hamilton Mountain Trail.

Forest flowers include: Candyflower (Calytonia sibirica), Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa), Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus), a lone patch of Pacific Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum) near the upper trailhead, Fringecup (Tellima grandiflora), Trailing Blackberry (Rubus ursinus), Vanilla leaf (Achlys triphylla), False Solomon`s Seal (Maianthemum racemosum), Star Solomon`s Seal (Maianthemum stellatum), Western Baneberry (Actaea rubra), Hooker`s Fairybell (Disporum hookeri), Smooth Yellow Violet (Viola glabella), Pacific Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum tenuipes), Columbia Windflower (Anemone deltoidea), Large-Leaved Avens (Geum macrophyllum), Western Meadowrue (Thalictrum occidentale), and a few Spotted Coralroot (Corallorrhiza maculata) starting. There are many Small-Flowered Tiger Lily (Lilium columbianum) in bud… no blooms yet.

As you climb higher into open/mixed areas, the following flowers are blooming: Slender Woodland Star (Lithophragma tenellum), Spring Gold (Lomatium utriculatum), Chickweed Monkeyflower (Mimulus alsinoides), Western Saxifrage (Saxifraga occidentalis), Small-Flowered Alumroot (Heuchera micrantha), Paintbrush (Castilleja sp.), Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria lanceolata), Spring whitlow-grass (Draba verna), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca), Mountain sweet-cicely (Osmorhiza chilensis), Rosy Plectritis (Plectritis congesta), Larkspur (probably Delphinium menziesii), Dwarf Oregon-Grape (Mahonia nervosa), as well as more Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary, Candyflower, and Fringecup.

Blooming on ridges near the summit: Few-flowered Lomatium (Lomatium martindalei), abundant Spreading Phlox (Phlox diffusa).

Blooming en route to the Saddle: Heartleaf Arnica (Arnica cordifolia), Red-Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum), Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia), Chocolate Lily, Dwarf Oregon-Grape, Wild Strawberry, Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary, Serviceberry, Meadowrue, Yellow Violet, Candyflower, Baneberry, and Fairybell.

The most prevalent flower blooming at the saddle is Spreading Phlox, with Serviceberry and Paintbrush on the slopes, and some Few-flowered Lomatium.

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