Desert Wildflowers Nevada - Utah
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2015 Wildflower Reports
Mar 20. 2015 Beverly reports: On March 19, 2015, we took a drive on Cold Creek Road north of Las Vegas looking for wild horses..we found a desert full of Joshua trees, many in bloom...oh yes, we found the horses too.
Mar 20. 2015 Liz reports: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, has many flowers on the trails. Here are a few photos. Desert snowberry, Desert Rock Cress and Desert Wall Flower
Mar 17, 2015 Beverly reports: These pics were taken on March 15, 2015. The Prickly Pear was taken along the road that leads down to Callville Marina in Lake Mead NRA. The yellow flowers were taken on the same day along the Northshore Road in Lake Mead NRA.
Mar 16, 2015 Rick and Margarita report: Saturday we drove from Lake Mead Blvd. in Henderson on the North Shore Drive west side of Lake Mead to Red Stone picnic area. Flowers are sparse. May be more to come. Will check again next week. Did see some of the large sun flower looking plants that are always out there. Some brittlebrush, creosote, small cactus and a few others blooming. The best area we found was right in our backyard at the Visitors Center to Lake Mead off highway 93. All around the hiking trails. Railroad Pass trail. And from the Visitor Center towards the Lake Mead Blvd intersection. As you can see from the photos, giant brittlebrush and some very nice cactus blooms. Also creosote, octillo, and globemallow.
Mar 16, 2015 Beverly Reports: This photo was takenon March 14, 2015 on Pipe Spring Road off of Christmas Tree Pass in Lake Mead National Recreation Are, NV.
Mar 13, 2015 Liz Reports: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area west of Las Vegas--in the Oak Creek/Potato Knoll area off Rt 159
1. Rusty Lupine, Lupinus pusillus, Fabaceae, plants in abundance but just a few beginning to bloom like the one here (blue flower)
2. Wallace Woolly Leaf, Eriophyllum wallacei, Asteraceae, many plants coming to the surface and observed about 10 in full bloom (yellow flower)
Mar 11, 2015 David Reports: I was out looking for flowers again today (Tuesday) and last Saturday. I saw no great flower fields but found two flowers that aren't in my books, I guess I need more books. The First one is from Tuesday in the DNWR off Mormon well road, 9 miles in. The other one is from the Red Rock area last Saturday area off Kraft Mountain loop. Any help identifying them would be appreciated.
Mar 11, 2015 Jim Reports: I drove down to Gold Butte, Nevada last Saturday, March 7, and was amazed at the floral display this early in the season. In the Whitney Pockets area there were whole fields of poppies extending from the roadway up to the mountains. I haven't seen anything like this here since the Spring of 2008. Also, it looks like another banner year for Joshua trees and Mojave yucca. I've attached a small selection of flower images, including golden and birdcage evening primroses, sand verbena, lupine, phacelia, desert marigold (just coming out), chickory, desert almond, and others that are unknown to me. And, of course, the poppies, Joshua trees, and Mojave yuccas. I'll be going down again next Monday (as well as at least once a week until the season is over), so I'll send you reports probably on a weekly basis.
For those who don't know where Gold Butte is, proceed northeast from Las Vegas on I-15 (or southwest from Mesquite, Nevada) to Exit 112, the Bunkerville exit. Proceed south about two miles to the Virgin River and, after crossing the river, immediately turn right onto the Gold Butte Road. One will find wildflowers alongside or near the road for the next 30 miles to Whitney Pockets. The road, though pretty worn, is passable to regular automobiles. To give a feeling for its location, Whitney Pockets is directly east of Valley of Fire State Park but on the other side of Lake Mead.
Incidentally, during the past two weeks we've had about two feet of snow here in Cedar City, so I won't have a report on the wildflowers here for awhile.
Mar 6, 2015 Liz Reports: Seen 3/5/15 near Oak Creek at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in southern Nevada:
Little Mojave Poppy/Little Golden Poppy, Eschsholia miutiflora, Papveraceae
Mar 4, 2015 Liz Reports: The photo posted by David 3/1 with the little white flower at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area outside Las Vegas is Wedge Leaf, Draba cuneifolia, Brassicaceae.
Yesterday, I found these at RRCNCA in Calico Basin: Both are rare in RRC and of conservation concern. The first are Pretty Shooting Stars, Dodecatheon pulchellum, Primulaceae The 2nd is the Funnel Lily, Androstephium breviflorum, Liliaceae
Mar 1, 2015 David Reports: Hiiking around Red Rock outside Las Vegas on the 28th. Penstemon,
yellow throat and a very small (2-3 mm) white flower i don't know.
Feb 20, 2015 Oliver Reports: A friend and I hiked up to the high point of the Cedar Mountains (which is the next range west of the Stansbury Range across from Skull Valley. We hiked from the west side up one ridge and did not see a single flower in bloom. I kept telling my friend that there should be flowers - milkvetch, lomatium, oenothera, something. But we didn't see a single flower. I made sure we came down a different ridge to cover more ground and about 3/4 of the way down we ran into a huge patch of Anderson's buttercup. My friend couldn't believe it after all the fuss i was making about not seeing anything. Here are some pics.
The Cedar mountains can easily be accessed via a BLM Dirt road heading south at the Aragonite Exit of I-80 (exit 55?). The road is paved for 2 miles to the Araganite plant - you then head a mile or so to a BLM Register. The dirt road heads to the south and parallels the entire range.
Feb 16, 2015 Sallie Reports: A few sun cups and bitter bush are showing along Willow Beach Road off Highway 93 between Las Vegas and Kingman. The whole area is very green and looks promising for a good display in a few weeks.
Feb 9, 2015 Beth Reports: These Joshua trees beginning to bloom were taken on Saturday, February 7, 2015 in the Gold Butte area of Nevada at Whitney Pockets.
Feb 1, 2015 Zion NP Reports: Rainy, beautiful day in Zion! Got rain on the last few days of Jan.
Feb 1, 2015 DUSA Reports: Rain in Arches and Cayonlands last week.
Jan 12, 2015 DUSA Reports: Some rain fell in the Nevada on Sunday and the rain is working it way into Utah. May help the wildfower season.
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