Desert Wildflowers Nevada - Utah
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2015 Wildflower Reports
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.
2014 Wildflower Reports
Dec. 31 2014 DUSA Reports: Snow has fallen in Arches NP and Canyonland NP. Good for the wildflowes and cactus next year. Valley of Fire state park in Nevada also got snow flakes,
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
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.
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.
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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