Spring at Camassia

This is the best time of the year to visit Camassia Natural Area. There’s a few birds around, but the main reason i am sure to visit in spring is that it is one of the best places in the Metro Area for a diverse cross section of wildflowers that i know of. (well, i know of one other but i promised Lona not to tell)

Owing to a variety of habitats there are many niches to fill: woodland, prairie, wetlands, seeps and rocky outcroppings.  The preservation of this area has been remarkable.  Except for the roar of 205 on the north side, you wouldn’t know you were a stone’s throw to the Tri-county Metro area.

The show is just getting started but some of the early bloomers are already fading.  I made trips there at the end of March and early April.  A magnificent showing by Fawn Lilies this year.  And on one seep i even found a Chickweed Monkeyflower population which was quite unexpected.

Over the winter the volunteers put in a new path that leads down to the stream and into a small wetland.  I’ll be interested to see what comes up in this habitat.

All flowers pictured in the gallery are native. (UPDATE — the Dove’s Foot Geranium is mis-identified.  It is actually Shiny Geranium and it is an invasive.)
Camassia Natural area lies in Ecoregion LIV (3c) Willamette Valley Prairie Terraces

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