Wildflower Report for Dog Mountain

LocationDog Mountain
ReporterGreg Lief
Web sitehttp://LiefPhotos.com
CommentsThis is a great time to visit! The balsamroot in the upper meadows is blooming nicely, and will probably be at its peak within a week.

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), 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), Sitka valerian (Valeriana sitchensis), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana), Vanilla Leaf (Achlys triphylla), Columbia Windflower (Anemone deltoidea), and Fairy Bells (Prosartes hookeri).

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), Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis), Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria lanceolata), Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum), and more Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora) and Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana).

Blooming in the forest above the lower viewpoint: Star-Flowered Solomon's-Seal (Maianthemum stellatum), Broad-Leaf Star Flower (Trientalis latifolia), Fairy Bells (Prosartes hookeri). 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).

Blooming in the summit meadows: endless carpets of Northwest Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea), 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.


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