Wildflower Report for Dog Mountain

LocationDog Mountain
ReporterGreg Lief
Web sitehttp://LiefPhotos.com
CommentsThe balsamroot in the summit meadows is peaking right now! If you want to see it, I recommend going within the next week.

Flowers currently blooming at lower elevations (primarily in forested areas) include: Fork-Toothed Ookow (Dichelostemma congestum), Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), Nine-leaf Desert Parsley (Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum), Slender Popcorn Flower (Plagiobothrys tenellus), White Western Groundsel (Senecio integerrimus var. ochroleucus), Annual Agoseris (Agoseris heterophylla), Broad-Leaf Star Flower (Trientalis latifolia), Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus), patches of Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus), Baldhip Rose (Rosa gymnocarpa), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana), Smooth Woodland Star (Lithophragma glabrum), Threadleaf Phacelia (Phacelia linearis), some Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum), and Chickweed Monkey Flower (Mimulus alsinoides) in the rocky sections of the Augspurger Trail.

Flowers currently blooming in forested areas at higher elevations: Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria lanceolata), Vanilla leaf (Achlys triphylla), Columbia Windflower (Anemone deltoidea), Spotted Coral Root (Corallorhiza maculata), Inside-Out Flower (Vancouveria hexandra), Star-Flowered Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum stellatum), Smooth Yellow Violet (Viola glabella), Hooker's Fairybell (Disporum hookeri), Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata), and Candyflower (Claytonia sibirica). The following are particularly profuse in the forested section of the Dog Mountain Trail before reaching the junction with the Augspurger Trail: Red Baneberry (Actaea rubra), Columbia Windflower, Star-Flowered Solomon's Seal, Vanilla leaf, Minerís Lettuce, and Candyflower.

Flowers currently blooming in the meadows: Northwest Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea) of course, Rosy Plectritis (Plectritis congesta), Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida), Spring Gold (Lomatium utriculatum), Western Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia), Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus). Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum), Bicolored Cluster Lily (Broadeia howellii), Spring Gold (Lomatium utriculatum), Douglasí Catchfly (Silene douglasii), Meadow Death Camas (Zigadenus venenosus) in the lower meadow only, Taper-tip Onion (Allium acuminatum) in the upper meadow only, Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflorus), Spreading Phlox (Phlox diffusa), Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis), American vetch (Vicia americana), more Wild Strawberry, Chocolate Lily, and Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary, and a few patches of Cascades Penstemon (Penstemon serrulatus).

CAVEAT: The poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) lines both the Dog Mountain and Augspurger trails at low elevations (below approximately 1800 feet). Make sure that you know how to identify it! I recommend wearing long pants and carrying Tecnu just in case.


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