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Hiking Year-end wrap up

2021 Flower Gallery

Our 2021 wildflower year was an interesting one. We took a handful of wildflower specific hikes in Spring but drought conditions contributed to a shorter wildflower season. We also spent a fair amount of time in the drier central and eastern parts of Oregon where the flowers tend to be sparser but also offers a different mix of species. We have made every effort to identify the flowers as best as possible but are by no means “experts” in any way. With that in mind any help in correctly identifying any of the flowers pictured is more than welcome.

The honor of first flower we spotted on a hike this year goes to Skunk Cabbage near the North Fork Nehalem River in February.
Skunk cabbage

The last flower we saw was the non-native tansy ragwort at Fern Ridge Wildlife Area in November.
Beetle on a flower

In between and in no particular order here are most of the others we were fortunate enough to see.
A delphiniumA delphinium

A lomatiumRed stem storksbill surrounding a lomatium.

A nettleA “nettle” of some sort at South Slough Estuary.

A treefoilA treefoil.

A vetchA vetch

An alliumAn allium on Ninemile Ridge.

Asters, fleabanes and similar flowers remain a mystery so here are some of these types spotted throughout the year.
An aster or fleabane

An aster or fleabane

Aster

Fleabane

Fleabane

Possibly Eaton's asterThis may be Eaton’s aster along the Deschutes River.

Purple cushion fleabanePurple cushion fleabane

Showy fleabanePossibly showy fleabane, August-Steens Mountain Wilderness.

Aster

Showy townsendiaShowy townsendia

AnemoneAnemonastrum deltoideum -Columbian windflower

AnemoneAnemonoides oregana – Oregon anemone

ArnicaArnica

Arnica and miterwortThe small white flowers are miterworts while I believe the yellow is an arnica.

AvensAvens

Ball head sandwort?We believe this is ball head sandwort

Ballhead waterleafBallhead waterleaf

Pacific waterleafPacific waterleaf

Ballon pod milk vetch in bloomBalloon pod milk vetch

Milk-vetchA milk-vetch, possibly Yakima

BalsamrootA balsamroot at Lyle Cherry Orchard

BalsamrootA balsamroot at Columbia Hills State Park

Hoary balsamrootHoary balsamroot on Ninemile Ridge

Mules earsWe think these are mules ears along the Malhuer River Trail

BaneberryBaneberry

BeargrassBeargrass, admittedly not the nicest specimen but this one stood out as the only still blooming stalk we saw on our hike in the Indian Heaven Wilderness on 9/5/2021.

Penstemons and beardstongue
Bee on penstemon

Penstemon

Penstemon

Penstemon

Penstemon

Penstemon and buckwheat

Beetle and ochre ringlet on yarrowYarrow

Big head cloverBig-head clover

Big-seed lomatiumBig-seed lomatium surrounded by parsley.

BindweedA bindweed

BistortBistort

Bitter cherryBitter cherry

BitterbrushBitterbrush

BlackberryBlackberry

Blanket flowerThe only blanket flower with any petals left.

Bleeding heartBleeding heart

Blue dicksBlue dicks?

Ookow or blue dicksMight be ookow or blue dicks?

Large-flower tritelieaLarge-flower triteliea

White triteliaWhite triteliea

Henderson's starsHenderson’s stars

Blue mountain prairie cloverBlue mountain prairie clover

Blue-bells of ScotlandBlue-bells of Scotland

Blue-eyed Mary, elegant mariposa lilies, and slender phloxBlue-eyed Mary, slender phlox, and elegant mariposa lilies.

PhloxA phlox

PhloxA phlox

PhloxPhlox

PhloxA phlox

Cat's ear lilySub-alpine mariposa lily

Tolmie's mariposa lilyTolmie’s mariposa lily

Sagebrush mariposa lilySagebrush mariposa lily

Sand lilySand lily

Glacier liliesGlacier lilies

Fawn liliesFawn lilies

Washington lilyWashington lily

Yellow bell lilies on Sevenmile HIllYellow bell lilies

Tiger lilyBlurry photo but the only tiger lily we came across in 2021.

Chocolate lilyChocolate lily

Water lilyWater lily

Bog orchidBog orchid

Phantom orchidPhantom orchid

LousewortLousewort

Brass buttonsBrass buttons (non-native) along the coast near Fivemile Point.

Alpine buckwheatAlpine buckwheat

BuchwheatA buckwheat

BuckwheatA buckwheat

BuckwheatAnother buckwheat

Butterly on buckwheatSulfur? buckwheat

BuckwheatMore buckwheat

Butterflies on western snakerootWestern snakeroot

ButtercupsButtercups

Butterly on pearly everlastingPearly everlasting

Cabbage whiteA mustard? along the John Day River

California corn lilyCalifornia corn lilies

False hellboreFalse hellebore

Camas

Death camasDeath camas

Mountain death camasMountain death camas

Candy sticksCandy sticks

CandyflowerCandy flower

CatchflyCatchfly

ChamomileChamomile (non-native)

Checkermallows and/or checkerblooms:
Checkeermallow

Checker mallow

Checker mallow

Checker-mallow

Checkermallow

ChicoryChicory (non-native)

ChokecherryChokecherry

CinquefoilA cinquefoil?

Slender cinquefoilSlender cinquefoil

Sticky cinquefoilSticky cinquefoil

Lassen clarkiaLassen clarkia?

Ragged robinElkhorn clarkia aka Ragged robin

Clarkia and a madiaClarkias with an out of focus madia

Common madiaCommon madia

CloverClover

CloverA clover (non-native)

Red cloverRed clover

Coastal manrootCoastal manroot

ColtsfootColtsfoot

ColumbineColumbine

ConeflowerConeflower

CurrantA currant

CurrantAlso a currant

DaggerpodDaggerpod

Dandelions in mahala matDandelions in the midst of mahala mat

Sagebrush false dandelionSagebrush false dandelion

Deadly nightshadeDeadly nightshade

Diffuse evening primroseDiffuse evening primrose

Hooker's evening primroseHooker’s evening primrose

PrimroseA primrose

Dusty maidenDusty maiden

Dwarf alpinegoldDwarf aplinegold

Elegant brodiaeaElegant brodiaea

Elephants headElephants head

Fairy bellsFairy bells

Fairy slippersFairy slippers

False lily of the valley and youth on ageFalse lily of the valley and youth-on-age

False solomonsealFalse solomonseal

Plummed solomonsealPlummed solomonseal

Star flower solomsealStar flower solomonseal

StarflowerStarflower

False sunflowersFalse sunflowers

FiddleneckFiddleneck

FireweedFireweed

Flower near Illahe LodgeFlower near Illahe Lodge on the Rogue River Trail

FringecupFringecup

Fuller's teaselFuller’s teasel

GentianA gentian

GentiansGentians in the Steens Mountain Wilderness

GeraniumPurple sticky geranium

Ghost pipeGhost pipe

Giant white wakerobbinGiant white wakerobbin

TrilliumTrillium

Gold starsGold stars

GoldenrodGoldenrod

GooseberryGooseberry

Grand collomiaGrand collomia

Grass of parnassusGrass of parnassus

Grass widows on Mitchell PointGrass widows

Paintbrushes:
Golden paintbrush

Paintbrush

Paintbrush

Paintbrush

Paintbrush

Paintbrush

Paintbrush

GroundselGroundsel?

GumweedGumweed? July, Willapa Bay

GumweedAlso a gumweed? Sept, Deschutes River

HardhackHardhack aka Douglas spirea

Spirea

HawksbeardHawksbeard

Heart leaved bittercressHeart leaved bittercress

Heuchera cylindrica -roundleaf allumrootHeuchera cylindrica -roundleaf allumroot

HoneysuckleOrange honeysuckle

HoundstongueHoundstongue

HoundstongueAlso a houndstongue I think.

HuckleberryEvergreen huckleberry

HyssopHyssop

Wild iris
Iris and an insect

Iris

Wild iris

Wild iris

Iris

Iris

Jacobs ladderJacobs ladder

Western Jacob's ladderWestern Jacobs ladder

Jessica sticktightJessica sticktight

Largeleaf sandwortLargeleaf sandwort

LarkspurLarkspur

Lewis flaxLewis flax

Pale flaxPale flax

Lupines
Lupine and balsamroot

Sabin's lupineSabin’s lupine

Lupine

Lupine and paintbrush

Lupine

Lupine

ManzanitaManzanita

Marshall's saxifrageMarshall’s saxifrage

SaxifrageA saxifrage?

SaxifrageSaxifrage?

Mock orangeMock orange

MonkeyflowerA monkeyflower

MonkeyflowerA monkeyflower

Pink monkeyflowerPink monkeyflower

MonkshoodMonkshood

Moth mullienMoth mullien

Mountain bluebillsMountain bluebills

Tall bluebellsTall bluebills

Mountain coyote mintMountain coyote mint

Mountain heatherMountain heather

Mountain lady slippersVery sad looking mountain lady slippers

Naked broomrapeNaked broomrape

Northern bedstrawNorthern bedstraw

Nuttal's linanthusNuttal’s linanthus

Old man's whiskers aka prairie smokeOld man’s whiskers

Orange agoserisOrange agoseris

Orange jewelweedOrange jewelweed

Oregon grapeOregon grape

Oregon sunshineOregon sunshine

Oxeye daisiesDaisies

Pacific coralrootPacific coralroot

Spotted coralrootSpotted coralroot

Striped coralrootStriped coralroot

PinedropsPinedrops

ParsleyTwo kinds of parsley

PartridgefootPartridgefoot

PeaA pea?

PeaA pea?

PeaPea (non-native)

PennycressPennycress

PlectritisPlectritis

Popcorn flowerPopcorn flower

PoppiesPoppies

Poppy and manrootPoppy

Prince's pinePrince’s pine

Purple deadnettlePurple deadnettle

Purple oysterPurple oyster

SalsifySalsify

Pussy toesPussy toes

PussypawsPussy paws?

Queen's cupQueen’s cup

Rangers buttonsRangers buttons

Red osier dogwood and a beetleRed osier dogwood

RhododendronRhododendron

Rockfringe willow-herbRockfringe willowherb

Rough eyelashweedRough eyelashweed

BunchberryBunchberry

SalalSalal

SalmonberrySalmonberry

Service berryService berry

Scarlet giliaScarlet gilia

Sea thriftSea thrift

Self healSelf heal

Shooting starShooting stars

Showy milkweedShowy milkweed

Sicklepod rockcressSicklepod rockcress

Silky phaceliaSilky phacelia

Silverleaf phaceliaSilverleaf phacelia

Threadleaf phaceliaThreadleaf phacelia

Snow queenSnow queen

Sourgrass

Spider on wallflowerWallflower

Spreading dogbaneSpreading dogbane

Sticky starwort?Sticky starwort?

StonecropStonecrop

StrawberryStrawberry

Swamp onionSwamp onion

Tapertip onionTapertip onion?

Wild onionAn onion

Tailed kittentailsTailed kittentails

Tassel-flowered BrickellbushTassel-flowered bricklelbush – Favoite name of the year.

ThimbleberryThimbleberry

Thistle and thistle like flowers
Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Three-leaf lewisiaThree-leaf lewisia

Threeleaf goldthreadsThreeleaf goldthreads

Twinberry honeysuckleTwinberry honeysuckle

TwinflowerTwinflower

Twisted stalkTwisted stalk

ToothwortToothwort

ValerianValerian

Veatch's blazingstarVaetch’s blazingstar

VioletA violet

VioletsA violet

WapatoWapato

Western clematisWestern clematis

Western meadowrueWestern meadowrue

Western stoneseedWestern stoneseed

Western pasque flowersWestern pasque flower (seed head)

White stemmed fraseraWhite stemmed frasera shortly before blooming.

Wild gingerWild ginger

Wild roseRose

Wild roseRoses

WintergreenWintergreen

Woodland starsWoodland stars

Below are a flowers that we’ve not been able to even come up with guesses on.
Wildflower along the Alder Springs TrailMay 29th, Alder Springs Trail

Wildflower along the Alder Springs TrailMay 29th, Alder Springs Trail

Wildflower along the Lost Corral TrailMay 30th, Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Wildflowers along the Esau Loop TrailMay 30th, Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Wildflower along the North Fork Umatilla TrailJune 14th, North Fork Umatilla Wilderness

Wildflowers along the Boundary TrailAugust 29th, Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument near the Norway Pass Trailhead.

Wildflowers at Falls CreekSeptember 5th, Indian Heaven Wilderness along Falls Creek.

Wildflower along the Deschutes RiverSeptember 13th, Deschutes River

I apologize for the plethora of pictures but if you’ve gotten this far (without skipping) congratulations and Happy Trails regardless!

2 replies on “2021 Flower Gallery”

In the ‘no clue’ section, the Aug 29th pink fellow looks like a Dianthus, probably a Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William), a naturalized garden escapee. I have seen quite of few of them in the Rockies.

Very nice pictures of both flora and fauna — great for people reminding themselves of what they’ve seen and what they haven’t. And fun for readers to check ids and propose missing/alternative ones.

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