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The Northwest Balsamroot <I>(Balsamorhiza deltoidea)</I> is at its peak, not only at The Dalles Mountain Ranch but along the road and throughout Columbia Hills State Park. The hills are covered with swaths of yellow! <P> The Columbia Gorge Lupine <I>(Lupinus latifolius </I>var. <I>thompsonianii)</I> is blooming along the road, but has not really kicked in within the State Park boundaries. <P> Also blooming are: Yakima Milk-vetch <I>(Astragalus reventiformis)</I>, Slender Popcorn Flower <I>(Plagiobothrys tenellus)</I>, Pungent Desert Parsley <I>(Lomatium grayi)</I>, Slender-Fruited Desert Parsley <I>(Lomatium leptocarpum)</I>, Bare-stem Desert Parsley <I>(Lomatium nudicaule)</I>, Prairie Star <I>(Lithophragma sp.)</I>.<P> Blooming at higher elevatons toward Stacker Butte are: Harsh Paintbrush <I>(Castilleja hispida)</I>, Hood's Phlox <I>(Phlox hoodii)</I>, Upland Larkspur <I>(Delphinium nuttallianum)</I>, and Lance-leaf Spring Beauty <I>(Claytonia lanceolata)</I>.


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