Wildflower Report for Columbia Hills / The Dalles Mountain Ranch

LocationColumbia Hills / The Dalles Mountain Ranch
ReporterGreg Lief
Web sitehttp://LiefPhotos.com
CommentsThe balsamroot/lupine display should be at its peak during the next two weeks!

Currently blooming: Arrow-leaf Balsamroot (Balsamhoriza sagittata), Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus), Small-flowered Lupine (Lupinus micranthus), Stony Ground Lupine (Lupinus saxosus), Filaree* (Erodium cicutarium), False Agoseris (Nothocalais troximoides), Rigid Fiddleneck (Amsinckia retrorsa), Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), Woolly-pod Milk-vetch (Astragalus purshii) (very nice patch next to the gate!), Yakima Milk-vetch (Astragalus reventiformis) Small-flowered Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflorum), Smooth Prairie Star Lithophragma glabra), Bulblet Prairie Star (Lithophragma bulbifera), Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis), Poet's Shooting Star (Dodecatheon poeticum), Pungent Desert Parsley (Lomatium grayi), Bare-stem Desert Parsley (Lomatium nudicaule), Watson's Desert Parsley (Lomatium watsonii), Slender-fruited Desert Parsley (Lomatium tridentatum var. triternatum), Slender Popcorn Flower (Plagiobothrys tenellus), Spring Whitlow-grass (Draba verna), Baby Star (Linanthus bicolor), and White Plectritis (Plectritis macrocera).

As you climb higher along The Dalles Mountain Road, the following species are in bloom: Bicolored Cluster Lily (Brodiaea howellii), Dagger Pod (Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides), Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida), Hood's Phlox (Phlox hoodii), Showy Phlox (Phlox speciosa), Midget Phlox (Phlox gracilis), Piper's Desert Parsley (Lomatium piperi), Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum), Gold Stars (Crocidium multicaule) (near the summit), Yellow Bells (Fritillaria pudica) (near the summit), and a profusion of Glacier Lilies (Erythronium grandiflorum) in the oak trees near the summit.

Oaks Toothwort (Cardamine pulcherrima var. pulcherrima) blooming and Ball-Head Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii) about to bloom under the oak trees below the gate.


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