Northwest Wildflowers

Wildflower Destinations > Central Oregon

Painted Hills

Wheeler County, Oregon

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Fees: none

Activity: walking

Elevation: 1950'-2443'

Current status (as of 7/19/24): not blooming

Peak wildflower bloom in the Painted Hills is typically from late March through April into late May, but there may be some flowers blooming from early March until early June.*

Typical year:

Featured plants: Chaenactis nevii, Peritoma platycarpa, Pediocactus nigrispinus, Castilleja xanthotricha

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* The dates given on this Web site for each location's blooming season are only estimates and can vary from year to year. Weather conditions in the winter and spring can shift these dates by up to a month, especially in the mountains. For the latest updates, check the Oregon Wildflowers or PortlandHikers Facebook groups, or browse the most recent postings to iNaturalist or Instagram.