Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 6, 2018

Oregon Wildflowers 5/4/2018

Oregon Wildflowers  has a new report for Horse Rock Ridge  in the Willamette Valley

Although it is still early in the season, there is already plenty to see at Horse Rock Ridge. Beautiful tiny Fairyslipper (Calypso bulbosa) begins next to the parking area and continues in the forest beyond the fence. Other flowers blooming in the forest include: Snow Queen (Synthyris reniformis), Western Starflower (Trientalis latifolia), and Western Trillium (Trillium ovatum), with copious Oregon Wood Sorrel (Oxalis oregana) starting to open.

The meadows and hillsides are tinged yellow by profuse amounts of Yellow Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus), with intermittent white thanks to Oregon Fawn Lily (Erythronium oregonum) and Western Saxifrage (Saxifrage occidentalis). Other profuse bloomers include Rosy Plectritis (Plectritis congesta) and small-flowered blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora) which covers many rocky areas with a tinge of blue. Also blooming are plentiful Henderson`s Shooting Star (Dodecatheon hendersonii), Spring Gold (Lomatium utriculatum), Midget Phlox (Phlox gracilis), Early Saxifrage (Saxifraga integrifolia), Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida), Cut-leaf Daisy (Erigeron compositus), Western Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia), and a few Menzies` Larkspur (Delphinium menziesii). Look for some Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria affinis) to the right (north) of the trail as you descend past the first set of rock outcrops. Be careful not to step on tiny Chickweed Monkeyflower (Mimulus alsinoides), which grows along the trail and in seeps.

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