Wildflower Report for Dog Mountain

LocationDog Mountain
ReporterGreg Lief
Web sitehttp://LiefPhotos.com
CommentsThis is the perfect time to visit. The summit meadows are beautiful!

Now blooming in the forest along the Dog Mountain trail: Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), Nine-leaf Desert Parsley (Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum), Slender Popcorn Flower (Plagiobothrys tenellus), lots of Fork-Toothed Ookow (Dichelostemma congestum), Broad-Leaf Star Flower (Trientalis latifolia), Spotted Coral Root (Corallorhiza maculata) and Inside-Out Flower (Vancouveria hexandra) along the "easier" trail beyond the first trail junction, Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), intermittent patches of Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus), and Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana).

Blooming at the lower viewpoint: carpets of Northwest Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea), Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida), Spring Gold (Lomatium utriculatum), Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus), Bicolored Cluster Lily (Brodiaea howellii), Small-Flowered Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflorum), and Meadow Death-Camas (Zigadenus venenosus var. venenosus).

Beyond/above the lower viewpoint there are Rosy Plectritis (Plectritis congesta), Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria lanceolata), more Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora) and Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana), and Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum).

Blooming in the forest above the lower viewpoint: Star-Flowered Solomon's-Seal (Maianthemum stellatum) is blooming along with more Broad-Leaf Star Flower (Trientalis latifolia) and Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus). Blooming in the forest beyond the second trail junction above the lower viewpoint: Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata), Evergreen Violet (Viola sempervirens), Western Sweet-Cicely (Osmorhiza occidentalis), Fringe Cup (Tellima grandiflora), along with more Star-Flowered Solomon's-Seal (Maianthemum stellatum) and Inside-Out Flower (Vancouveria hexandra).

Blooming in the summit meadows: endless carpets of Northwest Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea), lots of Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum), more Harsh Paintbrush and Columbia Gorge Lupine, Spring Gold (Lomatium utriculatum), Spreading Phlox (Phlox diffusa), more Nine-leaf Desert Parsley and Wild Strawberry, and Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis) especially at the summit. Also watch for Rock Penstemon (Penstemon rupicola) blooming on the outcrops below the summit.

Blooming in the forest along the Augspurger Mountain return trail: lots of Star-Flowered Solomon's-Seal (Maianthemum stellatum) and False Solomon's-Seal (Maianthemum racemosum), Red Columbine (Aquilegia formosa), a profusion of Vanilla Leaf (Achlys triphylla) and Fairy Bells (Prosartes hookeri), Wood Violet (Viola glabella), Candyflower (Claytonia sibirica), as well as more Broad-Leaf Star Flower, Inside-Out Flower, and Striped Coral Root. In sunny areas along the trail, there are patches of Northwest Balsamroot, Columbia Gorge Lupine, Chocolate Lily, Popcorn Flower, Upland Larkspur, Fork-Toothed Ookow, and Harsh Paintbrush. Also look for Rough Wallflower (Erysium asperum) and Broad-Leaf Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium) as the trail crosses the talus slopes.


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