|OregonWildflowers Reports Report Detail|
|Location||Ruckel Creek Trail|
|Comments||Although it is still at least two weeks before peak bloom for the "hanging meadows" at 2000+ feet elevation, there were nonetheless a lot of wildflowers in bloom, including the following: Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum), Chickweed Monkeyflower (Mimulus alsinoides), Common Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus), Small-flowered Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflora), Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), Merten's Saxifrage (Saxifraga mertensiana) in the wet area, Glacier Lily (Erythronium grandiflorum), lots of Bigroot (Marah oreganus), and hundreds of Few-Flowered Shooting Star (Dodecatheon pulchellum) with more to come.
There were also numerous wildflowers in bloom in the following areas:
Along the Gorge Trail and lower portion of Ruckel Creek Trail: Western Meadowrue (Thalictrum occidentale), Fairy Bells (Prosartes hookeri), Candyflower (Claytonia sibirica), Fairy Slipper (Calypso bulbosa), Wood Violet (Viola glabella), Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa), Sweet Colt's Foot (Petasites frigidus), Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis), False Solomon's-Seal (Maianthemum racemosum), Star-Flowered Solomon's-Seal (Maianthemum stellatum), Western Sweet-Cicely (Osmorhiza occidentalis), and Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana).
Talus slope / vision quest pits: one patch of Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida), Rough Wallflower (Erysimum asperum), and Spring Gold (Lomatium utriculatum).
Trail between talus slope and Gorge viewpoint: A never-ending stream of Fairy Slipper (Calypso bulbosa), Small-flowered Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflora), Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria affinis), Red-flowered Currant (Ribes sanguineum), Slender Toothwort (Cardamine Pulcherrima), and Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida).
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