Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 17, 2019

Oregon Wildflowers 5/17/19

New reports from Oregon Wildflowers:

Overview – Although the wildflowers continue to bloom in the Eastern Columbia Gorge, they are generally past peak (especially the balsamroot). However, other locations are starting to bloom…

Cape Horn (Western Columbia Gorge) – the fantastic annual Tall Larkspur (Delphinium trollifolium) display is about to start. There are thousands in bud, and they should be opening over the next several weeks. Other wildflowers currently blooming include: Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa), Mountain Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza occidentalis), Redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregana), Fairy Lanterns (Prosartes smithii), Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis), Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa), Stream Violet (Viola glabella), and Big-leaf Sandwort (Arenaria macrohylla). See Paul’s photos in the OW Facebook group.

Crooked River Grasslands near Gray Butte (Central Oregon) – many wildflowers are in bloom at this location, including rough eyelash (Blepharipappus), Carey’s balsamroot, threadleaf phacelia, penstemon, larkspur, lupine, daggerpod, Woolly-pod milkvetch, dwarf monkeyflower, paintbrush, prairie smoke (Geum triflorum), rockcress, Tolmie’s onion, phlox, yarrow, ballhead waterleaf, and death camas. See her photos in the OW Facebook group.

Hamilton Mountain (Western Columbia Gorge) – Susan Garland reports that dozens of wildflower varieties are blooming, especially fairy bells, Fringecup, Oregon Grape, and bleeding Hearts. See her photos in the OW Facebook group.

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