Wildflower Report for Catherine Creek

LocationCatherine Creek
ReporterGreg Lief
Web sitehttp://LiefPhotos.com
CommentsBlooming now: Common Camas (Camassia quamash) especially along the paved loop, Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), Small-flowered Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflorum), Filaree (Erodium cicutarium), Western Saxifrage (Saxifraga occidentalis), Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis), Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum) in bloom on hillside below waterfall viewpoint and also next to upper trail (adjacent to creek), Poet's Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon poeticum), Pungent Desert Parsley (Lomatium grayi), Piper's Desert Parsley (Lomatium piperi), Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata) especially next to old corral, Rigid Fiddleneck (Amsinckia retrorsa), and Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) are still going strong in their favorite spot under the oaks near the creek along the upper trail.

Clasping Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) is blooming among the rocks near the waterfall. Broad-leaf Stonecrop (Sedum spathifolium) is also visible on those rocks, though not yet blooming.

Meadow Death-Camas (Zigadenus venenosus var. venenosus) is starting to bloom in the rocky area adjacent to the parking area. False Agoseris (Nothocalais troximoides) is blooming to the left of the upper trail, just before descending to the creek.

Desert Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon conjugens) and Oaks Toothwort (Cardamine pulcherrima) are blooming in the forest above old corral. Rusty Popcorn Flower (Plagiobothrys nothofulvus) blooming beyond the power lines. Northwest Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea) is blooming on the cliffs above the arch. Big-head Clover (Trifolium macrocephalum) is starting to bloom in valley below the power lines. Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus), and Chocolate Lilies (Fritillaria lanceolata) are very close to blooming in woods above the old corral.

Lots of Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum)... stay on the trail!!

Several remaining Grass Widows (Olsynium douglasii) and Yellow Bells (Fritillaria pudica), particularly near the creek along the north trail.


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