Wildflower Report for Dog Mountain

LocationDog Mountain
Date05/17/2015
ReporterGreg Lief
E-mailoregonwildflowers@gmail.com
Website/Photoshttp://LiefPhotos.com
CommentsOnce again, I will address the common question ("how is the balsamroot?"): It is past peak at all elevations. Nonetheless it is still impressive close to the summit.

Flowers blooming at lower elevations (primarily in forested areas but also in some open/sunny patches): lots of Fork-Toothed Ookow (Dichelostemma congestum) and Threadleaf Phacelia (Phacelia linearis), Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), Nine-leaf Desert Parsley (Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum), White Western Groundsel (Senecio integerrimus var. ochroleucus), Broad-Leaf Star Flower (Trientalis latifolia), Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus), patches of Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus), Baldhip Rose (Rosa gymnocarpa), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana), Smooth Woodland Star (Lithophragma glabrum), occasional Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum). The beautiful Farewell-To-Spring (Clarkia amoena) has started blooming as well.

Flowers currently blooming in forested areas starting beyond the "More/Less Difficult" trail junction (app 800 feet elevation): Inside-Out Flower (Vancouveria hexandra)), Hooker's Fairybell (Disporum hookeri), Vanilla leaf (Achlys triphylla), Wild Blackberry (Rubus ursinus), Spotted Coral Root (Corallorhiza maculata), Striped Coral Root (Corallorrhiza striata), Star-Flowered Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum stellatum), Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata), Candyflower (Claytonia sibirica).

Flowers currently blooming at the first overlook (app 1600 feet elevation): lots of Meadow Death Camas (Zigadenus venenosus), Northwest Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea) past peak, Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida), Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis), Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum), Bicolored Cluster Lily (Broadeia howellii), Rosy Plectritis (Plectritis congesta), and Western Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia).

Flowers blooming in the forested areas between the first overlook and Puppy Point (app 2500 feet elevation): more Smooth Woodland Star, Wild Strawberry, Larkspur, Meadow Death Camas, and Fairy Bells, Columbia Windflower (Anemone deltoidea), Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza berteroi), and Fringecup (Tellima grandiflora). Columbine (Aquilegia formosa) should be opening soon.

Flowers currently blooming in the meadows starting at Puppy Point and above (2500-2800 feet elevation): LOTS more balsamroot (albeit past peak), Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus), Spreading Phlox (Phlox diffusa), Douglas' Catchfly (Silene douglasii), Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflorus), Big-Head Clover (Trifolium macrocephalum), Pennycress (Thlaspi sp.), Penstemon (Penstemon sp.), as well as more Larkspur, Paintbrush, Collinsia, and Buttercup. Cliff Penstemon (Penstemon rupicola) and several varieties of Stonecrop (Sedum sp.) are blooming on the rocky outcrops just before the junction of the Dog Mountain Trail and the Dog Mountain Summit Trail.

CAVEAT: As always, the poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) lines both the Dog Mountain and Augspurger trails at low elevations (below approximately 1800 feet), especially the latter. Make sure that you know how to identify it! I recommend wearing long pants and having Tecnu waiting at the trailhead just in case.

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Dog Mountain
05/17/2015
Website/Photos
Once again, I will address the common question ("how is the balsamroot?"): It is past peak at all elevations. Nonetheless it is still impressive close to the summit.

Flowers blooming at lower elevations (primarily in forested areas but also in some open/sunny patches): lots of Fork-Toothed Ookow (Dichelostemma congestum) and Threadleaf Phacelia (Phacelia linearis), Small-Flowered Blue-Eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), Nine-leaf Desert Parsley (Lomatium triternatum var. triternatum), White Western Groundsel (Senecio integerrimus var. ochroleucus), Broad-Leaf Star Flower (Trientalis latifolia), Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus), patches of Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus), Baldhip Rose (Rosa gymnocarpa), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana), Smooth Woodland Star (Lithophragma glabrum), occasional Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum). The beautiful Farewell-To-Spring (Clarkia amoena) has started blooming as well.

Flowers currently blooming in forested areas starting beyond the "More/Less Difficult" trail junction (app 800 feet elevation): Inside-Out Flower (Vancouveria hexandra)), Hooker's Fairybell (Disporum hookeri), Vanilla leaf (Achlys triphylla), Wild Blackberry (Rubus ursinus), Spotted Coral Root (Corallorhiza maculata), Striped Coral Root (Corallorrhiza striata), Star-Flowered Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum stellatum), Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata), Candyflower (Claytonia sibirica).

Flowers currently blooming at the first overlook (app 1600 feet elevation): lots of Meadow Death Camas (Zigadenus venenosus), Northwest Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea) past peak, Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida), Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis), Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum), Bicolored Cluster Lily (Broadeia howellii), Rosy Plectritis (Plectritis congesta), and Western Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia).

Flowers blooming in the forested areas between the first overlook and Puppy Point (app 2500 feet elevation): more Smooth Woodland Star, Wild Strawberry, Larkspur, Meadow Death Camas, and Fairy Bells, Columbia Windflower (Anemone deltoidea), Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza berteroi), and Fringecup (Tellima grandiflora). Columbine (Aquilegia formosa) should be opening soon.

Flowers currently blooming in the meadows starting at Puppy Point and above (2500-2800 feet elevation): LOTS more balsamroot (albeit past peak), Columbia Gorge Lupine (Lupinus latifolius var. thompsonianus), Spreading Phlox (Phlox diffusa), Douglas' Catchfly (Silene douglasii), Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflorus), Big-Head Clover (Trifolium macrocephalum), Pennycress (Thlaspi sp.), Penstemon (Penstemon sp.), as well as more Larkspur, Paintbrush, Collinsia, and Buttercup. Cliff Penstemon (Penstemon rupicola) and several varieties of Stonecrop (Sedum sp.) are blooming on the rocky outcrops just before the junction of the Dog Mountain Trail and the Dog Mountain Summit Trail.

CAVEAT: As always, the poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) lines both the Dog Mountain and Augspurger trails at low elevations (below approximately 1800 feet), especially the latter. Make sure that you know how to identify it! I recommend wearing long pants and having Tecnu waiting at the trailhead just in case.


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