Southern Oregon Wildflowers (April 2016)

Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate

Thanks in large part to El Niño, we’ve had a slighter wetter than average winter here in Southern Oregon. Now we’re starting to get sunny, warm spells and those, along with the extra moisture, are getting our wildflower season off to a roaring start. The usual suspects for wildflower locations are the Jacksonville Woodlands, Lower Table Rocks, the Stirling Mine Ditch Trail, and the Applegate Valley – a lot of other prime spots (like Mount Ashland Meadows) look like they’ll be under snow for a few more weeks. So last week, while I was having a lot of fun doing three hikes & bikes in the Applegate Valley west of Medford, I was also keeping an eye out for early season blooms. Below are some that I saw, along with my efforts to identify them. I took botany back when giant ferns ruled the Earth, so no problem if true wildflower folks want/need to correct these identifications!

Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Oregon Fawn Lily (E. oregonum)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Oregon Fawn Lily (E. oregonum)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Prairie Star (L. parviflorum)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Manzanita (A. patula or A. viscida)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Manzanita (A. patula or A. viscida)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Henderson Shooting Star (D. hendersonii)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Buckbrush (C. cuneatus) – very fragrant blooms
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Blue Dicks (D. capitatum)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Great Hound’s Tongue (C. grande)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Filaree (Erodium sp.)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Desert Parsley (Lomatium sp.) – with bug
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Goldfields (L. californica)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Milkmaids (C. californica)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
The ever popular Grass Widow (O. douglasii)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Snow Queen (S. reniformis)?
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Scarlett Fritillary (F. recurva)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Upland Larkspur (D. nuttallianum) – because of their lighter blue color
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Western Buttercup (R. occidentalis) ?
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Narrowleaf Mule’s Ears (W. augustifolia)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Pretty Faces (Triteleia sp.)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Common Rabbitleaf (L. ramosissima)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Fiddleneck (A. menziesii)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Great Blue-Eyed Mary (C. grandiflora)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Bleeding Hearts (D. formosa)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Henderson’s Fawn Lily (E. hendersonii)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Miniture Lupine (L. bicolor)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Dwarf Hesperochiron (H. pumilus)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Rosy Plectritis (P. congesta)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Siskiyou Onion (A. siskiyouense)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Dwarf Woolly Meadowfoam (L. floccosa spp. pumila) –
the hairless subspecies found only on the Table Rocks
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Dwarf Woolly Meadowfoam (L. floccosa spp. pumila)
Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
The often under-appreciated beauty of the grasses – whose identification rises into the realm of the truly initiated…

And last, but not least, an old favorite…

Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobium)

While I was crawling around on the forest floor trying to photograph flowers the size of 3-hole punch dots, it occurred to me that I might not be alone down there… Just a reminder to take your eye off the viewfinder once in a while.

Southern Oregon Wildflowers Medford Ashland Applegate
NOT A WILDFLOWER!

HOME