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2014 Wildflower Reports

Nov 14, 2014 Michael Reports: Wildflowers from Arches National Park, taken on 11/1/2014


Unknown near Delicate Arch overlook.

Annual wirelettuce Arches National Park, near Landscape Arch

Desert Globemallow Arches National Park, near petrified dunes

Sept 29, 2014 Zion NP reports: Sunflowers flowers are now blooming throughout Zion Canyon.

June 1, 2014 Kit reports: The Southern Utah desert is blooming beautifully this year. I see lots of examples of Princes Plume around the Goosenecks of the San Juan River. And the cactus blooms ( I think prickly pear) are blooming around Bluff, Utah. And in Cedar Mesa, Grand Gulch areas. All images ©Kit Frost

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June 1, 2014 Great Basin NP reports: With the longer days of late spring and high temperatures in the 70s, the wildflowers are providing color throughout the park. Take a hike along the Pole Canyon Trail if you’d like to see what’s in bloom.

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May 11, 2014 Shawn reports: Wildflowers were abundant in Cottonwood canyon (6500 - 7000 feet) in the Wassuk Mountains just out side of Hawthorne Nevada heading for Mono Lake. There were fields of Lupine, a couple of different groundsels, some beautiful buckwheat, and whole fields of an unknown yellow flower - it stands 2 - 3 feet tall with multiple branches; each branch is capped with multiple small (< 1 cm) 4 petal pale yellow flowers.

There were also some paintbrush, and what appeared to be some type of phlox. Add in a whole host of birds, a few types of butterflies, and some wonderful small bees (they were pollinating those unknown pale yellow flowers) and it was a beautiful 90 degree day in the high desert of western Nevada.

May 11, 2014 Arches National Park reports: Water = mother of the desert, nourishing & shaping the land. Overnight 1.27" fell. Keeps the wildflowers and cactus blooming. Some road now flooded.

April 30, 2014 Rick and Margarita report: Sunday April 27 we drove approximately 70 miles north of Las Vegas to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge off highway 93. We took the Morman Well road up to the Sawmill road. Pretty good flower show. Dominated by Desert Marigolds and Globemallow. 2/3 of the way up are a couple nice patches of Prince's Plumes. Also saw Indigo Bush, Prickly Poppy, and Indian Paintbrush. Some cactus still in bloom but most are past peak. A few ground flowers scattered here and there. Bottom third about done. Middle to top third fo the way up should stay good for another week maybe two if it doesn't get too hot/windy. Some rain would be nice to extend the bloom.

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Desert National Wildlife Refuge
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Desert National Wildlife Refuge

April 30, 2014 Arches National Park reports: Look closely along the park roadside: bursts of crimson paintbrush are reaching up to color the sky.

April 28, 2014 BH reports: Picture taken on April 25, 2014 at Cedar Pocket in the Virgin River Gorge 20 miles west of St George Utah off I-15.

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April 22, 2014 Larry reports: Prickly Poppies (Argemone) were in bloom on Saturday 04/19 at Big Dune near Amargosa, NV.

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April 22, 2014 Eggprince reports: 4/11/14 on the Beck Hill trail in the Paradise Canyon area of St. George, Utah.

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Below 4/11/14 on the Beck Hill trail in the Paradise Canyon area of St. George, UT.
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April 8, 2014 Cathy reports: The photos attached were taken on April 5 along Manganese Wash, just south of Gunlock State Park, Utah.

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April 8, 2014 Valley of Fire State Park reports: The first indigo bushes have started to bloom in the park. When in full bloom, this shrub can be quite stunning. Native Americans of the Mojave Desert have used the leaves and stems of the indigo bush for dyes. Surprisingly, when crushed and boiled, these plant parts produce a saffron-colored (rather than blue or purple) pigment.

Mar 25, 2014 Diane reports: I went with a group to White Owl Canyon at Lake Mead, NV this morning (March 24). Many wildflowers out, not only on Lakeshore Road but also along the trail to the canyon.

Mar 23, 2014 Diane reports: Cottonwood Cove Road, NV – mostly desert marigolds, filaree, globe mallow, not as many wildflowers as last year on this same date…

Mar 17, 2014 Jim reports: I made another trip down to the Gold Butte area in southeast Nevada yesterday (Saturday, March 15) and saw a number of new flowers (in addition to those I saw last week; many more desert marigolds this week). The images begin at the lowest elevation (the beginning of the Gold Butte road) to the highest elevation (on the branch from Whitney Pockets towards Arizona). These include Evening Primrose, Cooper's Golden Bush (I think), Beavertail cactus (on a south facing-slope), Brittlebush, Desert Dandelion, Prickly Pear, and Desert Almond (found purely by accident). So far not as prolific as past years but still pretty good. I'll be making more trips down there in the coming weeks.

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Mar 14, 2014 Jim reports: I've attached a selection of wildflower images taken in the Gold Butte area of southeastern Nevada on Saturday, March 08. The locations begin almost immediately at Riverside Drive (just across the Virgin River after leaving I-15 at exit 112, the Bunkerville exit) and continue for some 25 miles to Whitney Pockets. I'll be going down that way this coming Thursday with friends and hope to get more images.

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Mar 12, 2014 Jim reports: I'm sending the three images of the widewing desert parsely and an image of a Nevada Biscuitroot which has since shown up. The first of the widewing desert parselys showed up on February 27 while the Nevada Biscuitroot showed up on March 6, all alongside the Coal Creek Trail, about a mile east of Cedar City.

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Mar 7, 2014 Arches NP reports: Clouds dropped 0.10" rain overnight, awakening seeds & closing Delicate Arch Viewpoint Rd. Wolfe Ranch & arch trail still accessible.

Mar 1, 2014 Arches NP reports: In is raining in the park. Yesterday's rain showers delivered this stunning double-rainbow... and just enough water to flood the Delicate Arch Viewpoint road again.

Mar 1, 2014 DUSA reports: It rain in the Las Vagas area. Radar image showing showers increasing over Mohave and far southern Clark Counties. Showers are expected to develop through the afternoon along with isolated thunderstorms.

Feb 18, 2014 Jeanne reports: While walking around the Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness Area (east of Searchlight, Clark County, Nevada) yesterday, Sunday, February 16, 2014, I saw one wildflower in bloom. I have no idea what it is, and haven’t found it in any of my guides; if you recognize it, please let me know. There was also one Beavertail that was just forming buds.


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May be Purplenerve Springparsley

Jan 13, 2014 DUSA reports: Severe to exceptional drought conditions in most of Nevada. The outlook for wildflowers at this time is poor. Rain will change that if we get some soon. Utah is also in a drought.


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