PCT to Pilot Rock Wildflower Walk Report 4-29-20

Another week, another buncha species; the PCT to Pilot Rock trail keeps delighting!  Dashing masked men Sabin and Rich and I headed up the trail off HW99 on Wednesday and immediately saw blooms the second we got out of our cars.

Thanks to Rich's discerning eye, we discovered there are 3 types of Oregon grape.  Sung along to 12 twelve days of Christmas:  "4 Yellow lomatium, 3 Oregon grape, 2 elegant trillium, and a Calypso orchid under a rotting log."  Rich, bless his heart, kept track of all the flowers we encountered, (unlike your reporter), but I think I got them all.

Note: These are in addition to the wildflowers identified the week before (see April 24 report).  Some flowers not shown below are on our Wildflowers resource page -- or maybe not, since, I ran out of juice halfway through the hike,  and I use my photos to ID the plants I don't know later at home.  You'll just have to go up yourself and see. The Mission Bells should be incredible in this next week or so.  

I'm heading up there next Wednesday again, and I'll take the first five people who respond back who feel comfortable with a small group and social distancing and will wear masks. We'll meet at 9:30 at RiteAid and drive up in our own cars, of course.  Meanwhile, the wildflower app I use when my book is not enough is Oregon wildflowers Wildflower Search - lots of helpful search criteria, right down to location and date.  Nanci swears by it and always beats me at id'ing the plants when I try to use my book.

 
Snow queen (Synthris reniformis)
Coast larkspur (Delphinium decorum)
Oregon aneome (Anenome oregona)
Calypso orchid (Calypso bulbosa)
Mission bells/Checker lilly (Fritillaria affinis)
Hounds tongue (Cynoglossum grande)
Miners lettuce (Claytonia perfolia)
Woodland star (Lithophragma parviflorum)
White plectritis (Plectritus macrocrosera)
Nodding Microceres
Pioneer violet (Viola glabella)
Red current (Ribes sanguinium)
Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora)
Giant white trillium/wakerobin (Trillium albidum)
Tall shiny Oregon grape (Mahonia aquiflolium)
Dwarf or dull Oregon grape - what a horrible name! (Mahonia nervosa)
Trailing Oregon grape (Mahonia repens)
Hall's lomatium (Lomatium hallii)

Respectfully submitted, Flower Floozy Liz

Ashland Hiking Home

Calypso orchid (Calypso bulbosa).jpg
Calypso orchid (Calypso bulbosa).jpg
Checker lilly or Mission bells (Fritillaria affinis).jpg
Checker lilly or Mission bells (Fritillaria affinis).jpg
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Maiden blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora).jpg
Maiden blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora).jpg
Oregon anenome (Anemone oregana).jpg
Oregon anenome (Anemone oregana).jpg
Pioneer violet (Viola glabella).jpg
Pioneer violet (Viola glabella).jpg
Western trillium (Trillium ovatum).jpg
Western trillium (Trillium ovatum).jpg