Camassia Natural Area, the Conservancy’s first Oregon preserve, is named after common camas, which blooms there in April and early May.
The purple camas lilies, alongside rosy plectritus and other native wildflowers, line the boardwalk throughout Camassia's wet meadows.
The preserve’s looped trail also takes you through woodlands, where you can see a different variety of wildflowers, including trillium.
The unique habitats at the Table Rocks near Medford — and the public trails on each — are top destinations for wildflower enthusiasts each spring.
California goldfields are one of the first blooms at the preserve. Sometimes you can spot them as early as March, but your chances are better in April.
Red bells bloom at the Table Rocks in April, too. They aren’t quite as easy to spot, but — when you do — their bright red color and intricate markings are amazing.
Look closely when you reach the top of the Table Rocks — where the dried out seasonal ponds dip the landscape — and you might spot the dwarf wooly meadowfoam, an endangered plant found nowhere else on Earth.
Situated between the moist, heavily forested west side of the Cascades and the drier bunch grass prairies of the east, Tom McCall Preserve is carpeted with spectacular flowers in spring. That’s snow-capped Mt. Hood in the background.
Grass widows are first at the preserve each year, blooming in late February. Yellow bells, prairie stars, lupine, balsamroot and more follow in April and May.
Columbia Gorge desert parsley, one of three plants found only in this region, resembles broccoli with tiny purple flowers. You can see it along the upper trail to McCall Point, which opens in April.
There’s more than bunch grass and the myriad of wildlife it supports at Zumwalt Prairie Preserve. The 51-square-mile nature sanctuary hosts more than 300 native wildflower species, too, including a variety of lupine that blooms in June and July.
Elkweed (pictured), sticky purple geranium and numerous other native plants also flower on the prairie in June and July.
Other wildflowers begin blooming on Zumwalt earlier, including prairie smoke (pictured), common camas, balsamroot and desert parsley. Indian paintbrush, in the background, thrives throughout the season.
Plan your hike or walk today, and enjoy the beauty that Oregon’s native wildflowers and Nature Conservancy preserves offer (like this Henderson’s fawn lily). And if you miss it, remember: there’s always next year!