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2024 NEVADA & UTAH Wildflower Reports



May 16 2024 Marcus reports: Several days of warm weather has really enhanced the bloom in the Tonopah, Nevada area.  Desert Globemallow is by the far the most prominent flower at the moment.  So much so that even at a distance, there are large swaths of orange visible in Montezuma and Ralston Valleys which I have never seen before.  Dare I say a super bloom!?

The following photos were taken on 15 May 2024, south of Tonopah, Nevada at elevations between 5,700' and 6,300'.

May 3 2024 Rick and Margarita report: We drove Highway 93 to the Mormon Well road and into the entrance to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. Once we were several miles from the highway and higher up in elevation, there was a large variety of flowers.

Orange Globemallow is the dominant species. A single Desert Chicory was growing out of a Hopsage bush next to a Ladybug on a yellow flower petal.  Lots of Desert Trumpets.  A few Hedgehog, beavertail, and cholla cactus blooming.  At the lower elevation, some cactus are past peak. I found one Mariposa Lilly.  Some Prickly Poppies.

Desert Marigold and lots of Purple Sage. Higher up we ran into some Princes Plumes. In the wash, we found a new flower that we have never seen before.  A single 4 ft. tall Palmer’s Penstemon. Close up it sure is beautiful. Just Google Mormon Well road at 93 to find directions.

April 25 2024 Marcus report: The desert bloom is finally getting underway in the Tonopah, Nevada area.  The following observations were made on 24 April 2024, southeast of Tonopah at elevations ranging from 6,000' to 6,600'.

Evening Primrose

Desert Globemallow

Yellow-eyed Cryptantha

April 24 2024 Rick and Margarita report: Right now is a great time to go see and photograph the very rare Las Vegas Bearpoppy.  They can only be found in Clark County and Mohave County in AZ.

We drove Northshore Rd almost to Overton.   Within a mile north of Rogers Spring, we found
several of the plants growing on both sides of  the road.  We also found some growing on the
east side of Northshore Rd. between Redstone Picnic area and the Bowl of Fire.  In the past,
we have seen them on both sides of the freeway in the Apex area.

They are a rare and strange plant that most often  growing in soil high in gypsum and where no other  plants will grow, as can be seen from my photo. They have fuzzy bluish-green leaves that
resemble a bear’s foot, giving the plant its name. Environmental advocates say the plant is at risk of extinction.  Also, the Mojave poppy bee that pollinates the flower is at risk.  The plants’ numbers have been in decline since 1994.

In 2019, both the plant and bee have been petitioned to be put on the Federal Endangered Species List.  A decision on the Las Vegas Bearpoppy’s listing to the ESA is set to be released in September.

April 17 2024 David and Brenda report: Flowers in Valley of Fire State Park.

April 9 2024 Rick and Margarita report: The Alan Bible Visitor Center is located at the entrance to the Lake Mead Nat. Rec. Area. off of the Great Basin Hwy. which used to be the main road to Hoover Dam.  It has a nice botanical garden.  Follow the trail around to the back, head down towards the road, cross the road, and follow the path toward a wonderful display of cactus now in bloom. I think that there is probably a cactus in bloom about everywhere at the lower elevations around Lake Mead.

April 5 2024 Terri report: Easter Sunday Took a drive from Henderson to Overton and found quite a few of the cactus blooming between Lake Las Vegas, and the wetlands Trail head.  The rest were spotted along the way, and we drove the same route down and back.

April 1 2024 David and Brenda report: Seen March 26 north of lake Mead on East lake Mead Blvd about a mile before the fee station

March 22 2024 Rick and Margarita report:  We drove from Henderson to the Northshore Rd  entrance, just past the fee station, followed it as far as the Redstone picnic area.  Lots of buds on the cactus but no blooms yet. There are not a whole lot of flowers in bloom.  One exception: the Silverleaf sunrays are all in full bloom. A lot are growing close to the road. A very showy flower and a pretty rare plant.  We hiked a little up Gypsum Wash and found some nice blooms there.



March 14 2024 Mitch reports: Nevada. Nelson landing. 3/12/24 Sparse only along road.  

March 11 2024 Rick and Margarita report:  We went about 18 miles south of Hoover Dam on Interstate 11 to Willow Beach Rd. down to the Colorado River.  Last year was great but for now, it is still too soon.  Brittlebush are just starting to bloom. A couple of other blooms were seen.

Jan 1, 2024 DUSA Reports: It should be a good wildflower year.









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