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This has not been a good year for the famed balsamroot. Even when it was its peak several weeks ago, it looked blighted (as it did today). However, there are still a good variety of flowers in bloom, especially in the meadows. <P> Blooming in the forest: Farewell-To-Spring <I>(Clarkia amoena)</I>, Fork-Toothed Ookow <I>(Dichelostemma congestum)</I>, Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary <I>(Collinsia parviflora)</I>, Nine-leaf Desert Parsley <I>(Lomatium triternatum </I>var.<I> triternatum)</I>, Slender Popcorn Flower <I>(Plagiobothrys tenellus)</I>, Broad-Leaf Star Flower <I>(Trientalis latifolia)</I>, Striped Coral Root <I>(Corallorhiza striata)</I>, Inside-Out Flower <I>(Vancouveria hexandra)</I>, Thimbleberry <I>(Rubus parviflorus)</I>, Yarrow <I>(Achillea millefolium)</I>, intermittent patches of Columbia Gorge Lupine <I>(Lupinus latifolius </I>var.<I> thompsonianus)</I>, Wild Strawberry <I>(Fragaria virginiana)</I>, Threadleaf Phacelia <I>(Phacelia linearis)</I>, and Columbia Windflower <I>(Anemone deltoidea)</I>. <P> Blooming in the meadows: Northwest Balsamroot <I>(Balsamorhiza deltoidea)</I>, Harsh Paintbrush <I>(Castilleja hispida)</I>, Spring Gold <I>(Lomatium utriculatum)</I>, Columbia Gorge Lupine <I>(Lupinus latifolius </I>var.<I> thompsonianus)</I>. Upland Larkspur <I>(Delphinium nuttallianum)</I>, more Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary <I>(Collinsia parviflora)</I> and Wild Strawberry <I>(Fragaria virginiana)</I>, Spreading Phlox <I>(Phlox diffusa)</I>, Rock Penstemon <I>(Penstemon rupicola)</I>, more Nine-leaf Desert Parsley and Wild Strawberry, and Western Buttercup <I>(Ranunculus occidentalis)</I>.


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