Wildflower Report for Catherine Creek

LocationCatherine Creek
ReporterGreg Lief
Web sitehttp://LiefPhotos.com
CommentsThe dominant flowers now in bloom are Western Saxifrage (Saxifraga occidentalis) and Meadow Death-Camas (Zigadenus venenosus var. venenosus). Also in bloom: Columbia Desert Parsley (Lomatium columbianum), Pungent Desert Parsley (Lomatium grayi), Bare-stem Desert Parsley (Lomatium nudicaule), Nine-leaf Desert Parsley (Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum), False Agoseris (Nothocalais troximoides), Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis), Gold Stars (Crocidium multicaule), Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), Yellow Bells (Fritillaria pudica), Desert Shooting Star (Dodecatheon conjugens), Small-flowered Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflorum), occasional Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum), Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata), and Salt & Pepper (Lomatium piperi).

Blooming at higher elevations (e.g., above the arch): lots of False Agoseris and Poet's Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon poeticum), Chickweed Monkey Flower (Mimulus alsinoides), Rosy Plectritis (Plectritis congesta), Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), and Slender Popcorn Flower (Plagiobothrys tenellus). Common Camas (Camassia quamash) is just starting. Oaks Toothwort (Cardamine pulcherrima) and Ball-Head Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii) are blooming in the woods above the corral, though the lupine in that area is still a week or two away.

Grass Widows (Olsynium douglasii) are nearly finished for the season, but there were still a few at higher elevations.

Common Monkey Flower (Mimulus guttatus) is blooming next to the old highway slightly east of the parking area.


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