Throughout spring and summer, like the colorful stroke of an artist’s paintbrush from lower to higher elevations, wildflowers add their vibrant and delicate shapes to Oregon’s coastal landscape.
Regular hikers develop “the eye” to recognize annual favorites, getting closer to admire and sometimes photograph them before moving on to see what’s around the bend, always leaving them for others to enjoy and never picking them because it’s often illegal to do so.
In the Yachats area, you will see wildflowers seasonally in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, along the Amanda Trail, on the Heceta Head Lighthouse trail, and at Gerdemann Botanic Preserve. You’ll also see wildflowers, such as sea thrift (pictured above), along the rocks on the 804 Trail.
Or venture farther afield in midsummer to Alsea Falls or Marys Peak in the Coast Range, where the wildflowers fill the meadows with color, drawing pollinators to higher elevations.
Beautiful and fleeting, Oregon wildflowers are true gems of the coastal woodlands. These are just a few of the many species that thrive here and thrill their admirers: