|OregonWildflowers Locations Willow Creek Preserve
|Best time to visit
|April and May
|0.5 mile or less, no elevation change
|PROHIBITED. Please respect this location by leaving your dog at home.
Spring wildflowers at Willow Creek include several rare and endangered species: Willamette Daisy (Erigeron decumbens var. decumbens), Bradshaw's Lomatium (Lomatium bradshawii), and Kincaid's Lupine (Lupinus sulphureus ssp. kincaidii), which is the primary food source for the extremely rare Fender's blue butterfly.
Other spring wildflowers include: Common Camas (Camassia quamash), Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis), Willamette Valley Bittercress (Cardamine penduliflora), Oregon Saxifrage (Saxifraga oregana), and Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana).
For more information, visit The Nature Conservancy or the City of Eugene`s web sites.
Cross the street, and look for either of two orange signs indicating the entrance to the Preserve. However, the trail is not well marked, so please try to tread as lightly as possible. It is also extremely wet during the spring, so you should wear either hiking boots or (better still) rubber boots.
NOTE: Dogs are not allowed anywhere within the Preserve!
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