Wildflower Report for Catherine Creek

LocationCatherine Creek
ReporterGreg Lief
Web sitehttp://LiefPhotos.com
CommentsThe primary wildflowers now blooming are Bitter Root (Lewisia rediviva) with more on the way, Bicolored Cluster Lily (Brodiaea howellii), Rigid Fiddleneck (Amsinckia retrorsa), Heart-Leaf Buckwheat (Eriogonum compositum var. compositum), and members of the Lomatium family including Pungent Desert Parsley (Lomatium grayi), Bare-stem Desert Parsley (Lomatium nudicaule), and Nine-leaf Desert Parsley (Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum). There is also profusion of Common Monkey Flower (Mimulus guttatus) and Rosy Plectritis (Plectritis congesta) next to the boardwalk along the paved loop. Broad-Leaf Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium) is blanketing the rock walls near the waterfall.

Others in bloom include: Meadow Death-Camas (Zigadenus venenosus var. venenosus), Small-flowered Lupine (Lupinus micranthus), Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), Chickweed Monkey Flower (Mimulus alsinoides), Small-Flowered Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflorum), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Slender Popcorn Flower (Plagiobothrys tenellus), and scattered Common Camas (Camassia quamash).

Along the upper trail are Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis), Bigroot (Marah oreganus) Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum), and Gold Star (Crocidium multicaule). Clasping Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) and Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata) are still blooming near the old corral. In the woods above the old corral there is still some Big-head Clover (Trifolium macrocephalum) and Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus) in bloom.

Along the old highway and SR-14, there are hundreds of bright orange California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica). There are also numerous clumps of bright purple Barrett's Penstemon (Penstemon barrettiae) on the cliffs along the old highway.

At this point, anyone going off-trail is begging for a serious case of Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum)!


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