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I didn't have time to visit the paved loop but saw a good variety of species blooming in the area north of the old highway: Western Saxifrage <I>(Saxifraga occidentalis)</I>, Salt & Pepper <I>(Lomatium piperi)</I>, Columbia Desert Parsley <I>(Lomatium columbianum)</I>, Pungent Desert Parsley <I>(Lomatium grayi)</I>, Western Buttercup <I>(Ranunculus occidentalis</I> var. <I>occidentalis)</I>. Gold Stars <I>(Crocidium multicaule)</I>, Yellow Bells <I>(Fritillaria pudica)</I>, Desert Shooting Stars <I>(Dodecatheon conjugens)</I>, Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary <I>(Collinsia parviflora)</I>, Small-flowered Prairie Star <I>(Lithophragma parviflorum)</I>, Rigid Fiddleneck <I>(Amsinckia retrorsa)</I>, False Agoseris <I>(Nothocalais troximoides)</I>, and Oaks Toothwort <I>(Cardamine pulcherrima)</I>. Although they are clearly past their peak, there are still plenty of Grass Widows <I>(Olsynium douglasii)</I> in bloom. There were also several patches of Dutchman's Breeches <I>(Dicentra cucullaria)</I> blooming along the old road just west of (and roughly parallel to) the creek.


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