Desert Wildflower Field Guide
Wildflower Pictures Sorted By Color
This page is designed to help you identify desert wildflowers by color, scientific name, region and common name. Click on the color listed below, to view the wildflower pictures sorted by color. Get the Desert Wildflowers ebook for your Kindle or iPad.
Color Key Index
Blue and Purple Wildflowers
Sand Verbena - Abronia villosa
Mojave Aster - Xylorhiza tortifolia
Desert Willow - Chilopsis linearis
Blue Phacelia - Phacelia distans
Desert Lavender - Hyptis emoryi
Indigo Bush - Psorothamnus fremontii
Smoke Tree - Psorothamnus spinosus
Spanish Needles - Palafoxia arida
Chia - Salvia columbariae
Filaree Storksbill - Erodium cicutarium
Bigelow's Monkey Flower - Mimulus bigelovii
Pink, Red, & Orange Flowers
Englemann Hedgehog / Strawberry Cactus - Echinocereus engelmannii
Beavertail Cactus - Opuntia basilaris
Fairy Duster - Calliandra eriophylla
Desert Globemallow - Sphaeralcea ambigua
Desert Paintbrush - Castilleja chromosa
Chuparosa - Beloperone californica
Desert Five-Spot - Malvastrum rotundifolium
Pincushion Cactus / Fishhook Cactus - Mammillaria microcarpa
Desert Mariposa Lily - Calochortus kennedyi
Winged Dock - Rumex venosus
Yellow & Gold Flowers
Brittlebush - Encelia farinosa
Cinchweed - Pectis papposa
Desert Sunflower - Gerea canescens
Dune Sunflower - Helianthus niveus
Mexican Gold Poppy - Eschscholtzia mexicana
Desert Primrose / Yellow Cups - Camissonia brevipes
Wooly Daisy - Eriophyllum wallacei
Barrel Cactus - Ferocactus acanthodes
Englemann's Prickly Pear - Opuntia phaeacantha
Desert Dandelion - Malacothrix glabrata
Parry's Century Plant - Agave parryi
Golden Prince's Plume - Stanleya
Sacred Datura - Datura meteloides
Spectacle Pod - Dithyrea wislizenii
Desert Lily - Hesperocallis undulata
Dune Evening Primrose - Oenothera deltoides
Desert Chicory - Rafinesquia neomexicana
Desert Star - Monoptilon bellioides
Prickly Poppy / Thistle Poppy - Argemone pleicantha
Joshua Tree - Yucca brevifolia
Banana Yucca - Yucca baccata
Blazing Star - Mentzelia involucrata
Brown-eyed Evening Primrose - Camissonia claviformis
Narrow-leaved Popcorn Flower - Cryptantha angustifolia
Ghost Flower - Mohavea confertiflora
Mohave Yucca - Yucca schidigera
Soaptree Yucca - Yucca elati
Apache Plume - Fallugia paradoxa
New Wildflower ebook for your Kindle, iPad or Smart Phone - now you can identify wildflowers while in the desert with our wildflowers field guide.
This ebook is designed to help you identify desert wildflowers by color, scientific name, region and common name. Click on a color listed to view pictures of wildflowers in that color range. You will easily be able to identify wildflowers while in the desert. Now available at Amazon and iTunes. $4.99
When will the wildflowers bloom? To plan your visit to coincide with the peak of the bloom, keep up to date with DesertUSA's Wildflower Reports. Be sure to bookmark this page for weekly updates.
We'd like to see your pictures too. Send your pictures and reports to Jim@desertusa.com. We will post them on the wildflower reports site so that everyone can enjoy the wildflowers. Please use Wildflowers in the subject line on your E-mail to us. We use this subject to make sure we are able to spot your E-mail.
Spring Blooming Periods
Lower Elevations: 1,000 3,000 feet
YuccasMarch and April
AnnualsFebruary, March, and April
CactiMarch, April, and May
Higher Elevations: 3,000 5,000 feet
Joshua Trees and YuccasMarch and April
AnnualsMarch, April, and May
CactiApril, May, and June
Other DesertUSA Resources
Desert Plant & Wildflower Index
Wildflower Update: What's in Bloom This Week?
When Will the Wildflowers Bloom?
Curious Wildflower Names
Saguaro National Park
Death Valley National Park
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Wildflower Hot Lines
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The Saguaro Video
The Saguaro often begins life in the shelter of a "nurse" tree or shrub which can provide a shaded, moister habitat for the germination of life. The Saguaro grows very slowly -- perhaps an inch a year -- but to a great height, 15 to 50 feet.
Desert Food Chain Video
A food chain constitutes a complex network of organisms, from plants to animals, through which energy, derived from the sun, flows in the form of organic matter and dissipates in the form of waste heat.
Prickly pear cactus Video
Prickly pear cactus are found in all of the deserts of the American Southwest. Most prickly pears have large spines on their stems and vary in height from less than a foot to 6 or 7 feet.
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