It's wildflower season! Send us your photos or notes on wildflowers as you see them and we'll post them on our blog. To launch our wildflower sighting blog posts, Land Trust volunteer MA Willson tells us about one of the first flowers of spring: goldfields.
Just when you thought winter would never end, the first wildflowers appear in the Central Oregon desert. Usually in mid-March, extensive areas of little low yellow composites pop up in certain places. These are commonly called goldfields or gold stars. The botanical name is Crocidium multicale.
I saw these on the Alder Springs trail last year (another year with a cold spring) in Mid-April. On my website I described them as a “bazillion” gold fields, and that wasn’t much of an exaggeration. This year I got my first glimpse of them on March 9th at Rimrock Ranch on a sunny slope. Usually these can be found in late winter/early spring at the Columbia Gorge, about the same time as the grass widows bloom. It won’t be long before we should be seeing the beautiful sand lilies in bloom. Keep your eyes open!