Nevada - Utah
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2017 Wildflower Reports
March 27, Janet reports: The plowing of the road to the river has diminished the abundance of flowers, but they are making a comeback. March 24th, 2017, Nelson and Nelson's Cove, NV
March 24, Margarita reports: Out at Lake Mead from Redstone picnic area, to Roger's Spring and on to Echo Bay Marina there are some huge Desert Sunrays blooming with lots of flowers. Brittlebush are going crazy all over the place. Huge with lots of flowers. Also found some elusive yellow Las Vegas Bearpoppy. There are mojave asters, phacelia species, Desert Marigold plus others I am sure.
March 24, Rick reports: Oh my oh my, the wildflowers. From Henderson Lake Mead Blvd. take Lake Shore Drive along Lake Mead going north to Calville Bay Marina. The Beavertail cactus are really beginning to bloom with lots of flowers and many buds yet to open. There are some belly flowers blooming, desert star, purple mat, and some phlox species. Creosote bushes blooming. Came across a group of beautiful Mariposa Lilly species mixed in with some other flowers. Get out this weekend, it should just get better and better over the next week. Temperatures in the mid 70's, perfect for the wildflowers to last.
March 23, Diane reports: On 3-20-17, drove down Cottonwood Cove Road near Searchlight, NV and the road to Nelson, NV and beyond to the Colorado River. The encelia were abundant, covering the hillsides along the Cottonwood Cove Road. Also in abundance were desert star, lupine, and notch-leaf phacelia. Similar plants seen along the road to Nelson, with additionally a few globe mallow plants here and there. The display today was not to the extent of past springs, but worth the trip if you leave the car and walk around to spot the blooms. Twenty-eight different species noted.
March 20, 2017 Rick and Margarita report: Nevada - A nice easy loop drive is to start at Lake Mead Blvd. Henderson & Lake Shore Scenic Drive to Alan Bible Visitor Center. Then head east across Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge to Kingman Wash exit. Follow dirt road to Kingman Wash and continue up Fortification Hill rd. Then return to Henderson. Brittle bush dominate the wildflowers now showing along the road in large quantity. Also a favorite is the large showy Desert Sunray, all in full bloom right now. The following is list of all we were able to identify. Brittle bush, Desert Sunray, Desert Trumpet, purple monkey flower, AZ Lupine, Prickly poppy, Desert Gold poppy, Creosote bush, Blazing Star, Chicory, Gravel Ghost, Pincushion, purple Phacelia species, Globemallow, Golden Evening Primrose, Fiddleneck, Desert Dandilion, some Beaver tail cactus starting to bloom. Maybe more. Also halfway down to Nelson's Landing lots of Brittlebush. More of others to come.
March 17, Julia reports: Pictures are taken near Lake Mohave, Katherine's Land near Bullhead City, AZ.
March 17, 2017
Lake Mead National Recreation Area reports: Wildflowers are blooming throughout Lake Mead National Recreation Area, especially in the southern portion of the park. It’s heating up rather early, so enjoy the flowers while they are still here. When you hike, remember to stay hydrated and bring extra food and water for yourself and your pets.
For best wildflower viewing, look on the south side of slopes. Here are observations we have seen so far: Katherine Landing - South Telephone Cove has sand verbena. Fisherman's Trail has a great display of Ajo lily, suncups, sand verbena and lupine. Christmas Tree Pass has lupine, phacelia, suncups, desert sunflower, sand verbena, chia and many others. Willow Beach has desert poppy, sand verbena, brittlebush and lupine. Cottonwood Cove and Nelson area have lupine, phacelia and suncups The Lake Mead Visitor Center has globemallow and brittlebush. Northshore Road has sunray and indigo bush. Sandy Cove (accessible by boat only) has sand verbena and dune primrose.
March 10, 2017 Valley of Fire State Park reports: We have a few early season bloomers around the park, and many of the beavertail cacti already have a plethora of buds. Things are looking good, so far! It's going to be another beautiful, albeit very busy weekend at Valley of Fire. Expect lines at the fee booths starting around 10:00 am, full parking lots and busy trails.
Feb 24, 2017 Jim reports: The attached photo was taken (Wednesday, 22 February) about a mile east of Cedar City, Utah off the Coal Creek Trail (paved walking and biking trail). The flower is a widewing spring parsley (Cymopterus purpurescens) and usually shows up about this time of year. The area is on the eastern edge of the Great Basin Desert at an elevation of 6000 feet, so I guess it would fall within your area of interest. Although some filarees have shown up in the past week or so, this is the first truly native bloom that I've seen in the area so far this year. I'll be heading down to Gold Butte in a couple of weeks to see how the Mojave Desert wildflowers are doing.
Feb 19, 2017 DUSA reports: Zion is getting lots of rain this year, that's good for wildflowers.
Jan 19, 2017 DUSA reports: The Valley of Fire State Park has been getting rain and that's very good for future wildflowers.
Jan 19, 2017 Zion reports: Snow and ice are predicted for the next four days in Zion. NPS
Jan 1, 2017 DUSA reports: More rain and snow in Nevada and Utah this weekend - good start for the upcoming wildflower season.
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