Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 4, 2018

Oregon Wildflowers 4/1/2018

Oregon Wildflowers  has the following new reports

Camissia Natural Area – the following are in bloom: Shining Oregon-Grape (Mahonia aquifolium), Giant White Wakerobin (Trillium albidum), Oregon fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum), Smooth Yellow Violet (Viola glabella), and Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis). Rosy Plectritis (Plectritis congesta) is starting to open.

Catherine Creek – the following are blooming above the arch: Desert Shooting Star (Dodecatheon conjugens), Great Hound`s Tongue (Cynoglossum grande), Naked Broomrape (Orobanche uniflora), and Common Camas (Camassia quamash).

Cooper Mountain –  the following are blooming: Great Hound`s Tongue (Cynoglossum grande), Oregon fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum), Blue-Eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), Oaks Toothwort (Cardamine nuttallii var. nuttallii), and Elegant Rockcress (Boechera atrorubens).

Coyote Wall  and Labyrinth – The most prevalent bloomers are Pungent Desert Parsley (Lomatium grayi) and Smooth Prairie Star (Lithophragma glabrum). There are still a few Grass Widows (Olsynium douglasii), but they are mostly finished for the season.

Other wildflowers currently blooming include: Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora); Yellow Bells (Fritillaria pudica); Columbia Gorge Desert Parsley (Lomatium columbianum) especially at higher elevations in the Labyrinth; Oregon Saxifrage (Saxifraga oregana); Western Saxifrage (Saxifraga occidentalis); Northwestern Saxifrage (Saxifraga integrifolia); Rigid Fiddleneck (Rigid Fiddleneck (Amsinckia retrorsa); Naked Broomrape (Orobanche uniflora) including a profusion along the old road and just above the Labyrinth waterfall; Popcorn Flower (Plagiobothrys sp.); Poet`s Shooting Star (Dodecatheon poeticum); Gold Stars (Crocidium multicaule) including an impressive profusion next to the trail in the Labyrinth; Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis) especially in the Labyrinth; Oaks Toothwort (Cardamine nuttallii var. nuttallii); Ballhead Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum capitatum var. capitatum); Two-Colored Lupine (Lupinus bicolor); Miner`s Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata); Bigroot (Marah oreganus), some Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum) in the Labyrinth; some Chickweed Monkeyflower (Mimulus alsinoides) on rocky areas; amd a few patches of Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sp.) starting at lower elevations.

Yellow Bells are especially profuse at higher elevations, e.g., near the junction of Atwood Road and Old Ranch Road, and continue along the Old Ranch Road trail as it descends. Also blooming in the wooded areas at higher elevations are Glacier Lilies (Erythronium grandiflorum).

Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva) rosettes are visible on many rocky areas and should be blooming in late April / early May.

Memaloose Hills – the bloom has started at this location, though the noted balsamroot is still a couple weeks away from peak bloom.

Spencer Butte –the following are blooming: Grass Widows (Olsynium douglasii), Chickweed Monkeyflower (Mimulus alsinoides), Woodland Star (Lithophragma parviflorum), Baby Blue-Eyes (Nemophila menziesii), Spring Gold (Lomatium utriculatum), and Oregon fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum).

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