Desert Wildflowers Nevada - Utah
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2014 Wildflower Reports
April 8, 2014 Cathy reports: The photos attached were taken on April 5 along Manganese Wash, just south of Gunlock State Park, Utah.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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