Plants-Flowers - Index

 This page last updated on 03/31/2018

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E-P1110437Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus) is a perennial forb with grass-like leaves that grows from an underground bulb. It can grow in height from 4-20 inches. An erect stem that carry 1 to 8 upright bell-shaped, flowers. Sepals are 0.4-0.8 inches with 0.8-1.2 inch petals that are a lavender to white, sometimes rich pink, with thin purple veins. The middle of the petal has long, white, wiry hairs across its width. Its range is the western Mojave Desert in wetland-riparian and alkaline meadows. For more detailed info, click on the title above.

EP-P1020406American White Water Lily (Nymphaea odorata),  a.k.a. Fragrant white water lily, Fragrant water lily, White water lily, Sweet-scented white water lily, Sweet-scented water lily, is from the Nymphaeaceae (Water-Lily Family). It is a floating aquatic plant with large, fragrant, white or pink flowers and flat, round, floating leaves. The leaves have long stems and are bright green above and reddish or purplish underneath. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

IMG_4834Angel's Trumpets (Brugmansia suaveolens, a.k.a. Angel's Tears, Maikoa, and White Angel's Trumpet, is a shrub with voluminous tubular flowers. It is most commonly know as Angel's Trumpet due to the large, very dramatic, pendulous trumpet-shaped flowers. This semi-woody shrub or small tree can grow 15 feet tall, usually with a many-branched single trunk. The leaves are generally oval in shape, up to 10 inches long and 6 inches wide, and even larger when grown in the shade. The overall plant has a coarse texture but the flowers are remarkably beautiful. They are sweetly fragrant, about 12 inches long and shaped like trumpets. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

IMG_6641Apache Plume (Fallugia paradoxa) is an erect evergreen shrub that is a member of the Rose Family (Rosaceae). It has light gray or whitish peeling bark on its many thin branches that usually do not exceed six feet in height. Its round, white flowers consist of five rounded white petals with yellow centers containing many thread-like stamens and pistils, are rose-like when new. The ovary of the flower remains after the white petals fall away, leaving many dark pinkish clusters of curling, feathery styles after flowering. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

IMG_3101 - Copy2Baja Fairy Duster (Calliandra californica), endemic to Baja California, a shrub that can obtain a height of 5 feet with a width of more than 4 feet. The long red (sometimes pink) stamens of its flowers resemble the tufted head of a dusting brush. These "puff-like" flowers bloom almost all year long with a peak time occurring in the late spring. Medium green, twice divided leaves are one inch long and give this flowing shrub a somewhat tropical appearance.  It can be found on gravelly flats, hillsides and desert washes. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

EP-P1010165-2Beard-tongue Penstemon (Penstemon Palmeri), a.k.a. Palmer's Penstemon named after the botanist Edward Palmer. It is a drought-tolerant perennial penstemon noted for its showy, rounded flowers, and is mostly native to washes and bajadas between 3,600 to 7,500 feet in the eastern Mojave Deserts.  This showy, rounded flower usually has large pink to violet to blue-purple petals, and may reach a maximum height of over 6 feet. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

E-IMG_3752Bristly Hollyhock (Alcea setosa), a.k.a. Common Hollyhock, is a genus of about 60 species of flowering plants in the mallow family Malvaceae.  They are biennial or short-lived perennial plants, prominent in its height growing to 11 feet tall, with broad, rounded, palmately lobed leaves and numerous flowers (pink or yellow in the wild species) on an erect, single central stem, covered by stellate hairs. As spring nears, impressively colored and large flowers are arranged along its tall inflorescence stalk making them quite visible from a good distance. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

Brown Eyed Evening Primrose (Camissonia claviformis) Brown-eyed Evening-Primrose (Camissonia claviformis), a.k.a. Browneyes, is an annual forb with basal leaves and a flowering stalk that can grown to a height of 2 feet, though usually shorter. Brown-eyed Evening-Primrose is a common component of desert vegetation communities in washes and other gravelly and rocky soils. So found usually in lower elevations, and can be found in elevations up to about 6,000 feet.

EP-P1010119Las Vegas Bearpoppy (Arctomecon californica) , a.k.a. the Las Vegas Bearpoppy, is a perennial forb that only grows in gypsum-rich soils near Lake Mead, which is in the Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zone. They also occur in the Gold Butte region and along the south side of Lake Mead near Bonelli Landing (towards Temple Bar). These plants can most easily be seen along Northshore Road (Lake Mead NRA). For more detailed info and pictures click the title above.

Catclaw Acacia (Acacia greggii) is a perennial, deciduous shrub-like tree that can grow up to 23 feet, so usually less. Its natural habitat is desert and upland areas. Its pale yellow or cream flowers are densely clustered on cylindrical flower spikes. The flowers are sweetly and intensely fragrant with a wonderful floral honey-like scent. Plants in full bloom can be smelled from 10 feet or more away.

EP-P1040611 (2)Checker Fiddleneck (Amsinckia tessellata), a.k.a. Devil’s Lettuce, is an erect, bristly annual plant can be from 8-24 inches in height. Its stiff leaf hairs have bulbous bases. Its five-parted, 1/3-2/3 inch long flowers are generally yellow (sometimes orange) and sit atop a 2-5 inch coiled stem. the petals of the flower are less and a 1/4 inch wide and the flower tubes are cylindrical. The lobes have white hairs on the margins. For more detailed info and pictures, click on the title above.

EIMG_5273Century Plant (Agave americana), a.k.a. American Aloe. It is a common misconception that agave's are cacti. They are not related to cacti, nor are they closely related to Aloe whose leaves are similar in appearance. It is an agave originally from Mexico. Chiefly Mexican, agave's can be found in the southern and western United States and in central and tropical South America. They are succulents with a large rosette of thick fleshy leaves, from a greenish yellow to a grayish blue-green, each ending generally in a sharp point and with a spiny margin; its spreading rosette can be up to 13 feet wide with leaves up to 6 feet, each with a spiny margin and a heavy spike at the tip that can pierce to the bone. When it flowers, the spike with a cyme of big yellow flowers may reach up to 26 feet in height. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

E-P1110393Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata, a.k.a. Little Stinker, greasewood and Chaparral,  is a perennial evergreen shrub growing to 3.3 to 9.8 feet tall, and rarely to 13 feet where there is heavy rain. The stems of the plant bear resinous, small dark green leaves with two opposite lanceolate leaflets joined at the base, with a deciduous awn between them, each leaflet 0.28 to 0.71 inches long and 0.16 to 0.33 inches broad. The leaf color, often shiny with wax, depends on season (water): leaves are dark green to yellowish green during spring when water is available, but they turn brown during summer or when water is not available.The flowers are up to 0.98 inches in diameter, with five solitary yellow petals. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

Desert Alyssum (Lepedium fremontii): Desert Alyssum, a.k.a. Fremont's peppergrass, desert peppergrass, and desert pepperweed, is a one to two foot perennial that likes the conditions native to the Mojave Desert. It needs perfect drainage and full sun. It has great masses of small, four-parted white flowers. The individual white-petaled, yellow-centered flowers of lepidium fremontii are tiny, about 1/4 inch in diameter, but they form dense, spherical or elongated clusters, on a shrub-like plant which is unremarkable for much of the year when not in bloom but quite distinctive in spring and early summer.  

EP-E-IMG_2958Desert Five Spot (Eremalche rotundifolia), a.k.a. Falsemallow, Lantern Flower, Chinese Lantern, and Fivespot Mallow, is a flowering plant in the family Malvaceae, native to the Mojave Desert in the southwestern United States, where it is found in open places, sandy and rocky areas, and in washes between 50 and 1,500 m in elevation. It can be found in  Death Valley National Park in southern California. This annual plant usually grows from 4–12 inches tall, with rounded leaves .75-3 inches broad with a toothed margin. The flowers are rose-pink to lilac with five petals, each with a dark red spot at the base.

EP-P1050044-2Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua), a.k.a. Apricot Mallow, is a member of the genus Sphaeralcea in the mallow family (Malvaceae) This two foot perennial shrub contains many one inch orange flowers on two to three foot spikes, the number of which increase with the age of the plant. The flowers are apricot to orange in color and bloom in the spring. It is mostly a desert plant native to parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. For more detailed info and pictures, click on the title above.

EP-P1000527Desert Holly (Atriplex hymenelytra)  is a species of saltbush that is a perennial shrub native to the Southwestern United States and the Mojave Desert. This is a desert-dwelling shrub, reaches heights of between 1.5-3 feet. Although not a true holly, desert holly gets its name because its leaves look like holly. It is generally a rounded bush covered in distinctive reflective silver-gray, twisted, oblong, many-pointed leaves. The color is from salt left on their leaves, this helps reflect the light and therefore reduce the amount of water lost. The small reddish fruits are enclosed in disc-shaped bracteoles after flowering. It is a common component of shrub communities on alkaline and saline soils at low elevations in the Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zone. For more detailed info and pictures, click on the title above.

EP-2Desert Larkspur (Delphinium parishii - ssp parishii, a.k.a. Parish's Larkspur, is a flowering perennial forb in the family Ranunculaceae (the buttercup family) with unusual and complex flowers borne on a single, unbranched, upright 2-3-foot tall stalk. The dark blue flowers have the appearance of an open corolla tube with long, reflexed (bent backwards) petals and an even longer spur sticking out the back of the flower. It is found in Upper Sonoran life zones at elevations between 1,000 to 8,000 feet. For more detailed info and pictures, click on the title above.

IMG_3595Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata)  are annual flowers with relatively large, showy, yellow flowers that can turn the landscape yellow during a good year. Sometimes a perennial shrub, it grows to about 1-1/2 feet tall and 2-feet across.The flower is a showy daisy-like flower (composite with disk and ray flowers), bright yellow to yellow-orange, to about 1-1/2 inches across. Desert Marigolds are common components of the spring wildflower display along washes and on bajadas in the Lower Sonoran (Creosote-Bursage Flats) and Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zones. For more detailed info and pictures, click on the title above.

Desert Milkweed (Asclepias subulata) Desert Milkweed, The Desert Milkweed, a.k.a Rush Milkweed or ajamete, is native to southeastern California, southwestern Arizona, southern Nevada, and northern Mexico. It prefers full, reflected heat. Its soil preference is well drained, dry sandy, rocky areas to about 2,500 feet. With a width of 3-6 feet and a height of 3-6 feet, its slender gray-green stems are generally leafless and requires very little water.

Desert Sage (Salvia dorrii), a.k.a. Purple Sage,Tobacco sage, Dorr's sage, Mint sage or Desert Purple Sage, is a herbaceous perennial in the family Lamiaceae. It is native to mountain areas in the western United States. This beautiful subshrub grows to 1-3 feet in height and width high with gray foliage and deep, deep blue flowers and purple bracts. The flower bracts are broad, about 0.4 inches wide and are reddish purple. Flowers are pale blue to purple, 0.4 to 0.5 inches long, and occur in a series of showy, terminal clusters. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

EP-P1030359Desert Sand Verbina (Abronia villosa) is a glandular-pubescent much-branched annual wildflower with stems either prostrate or ascending and somewhat sticky. Up to 20 inches across and 3-6 inches high, it grows in creeping prostrate masses along the ground. It has oval-shaped dull green leaves and many peduncles bearing rounded inflorescences of bright magenta or purplish-pink trumpet-shaped, 5-lobed, fragrant flowers, 2 to 3 inches wide that have flower stalks up to 10 inches long, with 1-3 inch stems trailing up to 3 feet. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

EP-IMG_2953Desert Sunflower (Geraea canescens), a.k.a. Hairy Desert Sunflower or Desert Gold. Its annual yellow sunflower-like flower head grows on the end of a slender, hairy stem. It grows 1-3 feet high. The sparse, gray-green, ovate, leaves grow to 3 inches long and have toothed margins. Its two-inch, golden-yellow flower head is composed of 10 to 20 oblong rays surrounding a golden disk. It grows in sandy, barren desert flats and roadsides below 3,000 feet. For more detailed info and pictures, click on the title above.

Desert Trumpet (Eriogonum inflatum) a.k.a. Umbrella Plant, Bladder Stem, Indian Pipe Weed, or Guinagua. Its swollen stem makes this an unusual and easily remembered plant. The very tiny yellow flowers are often not even noticed except in years of unusually favorable rainfall when thousands of these tiny flowers give a yellow glow to the desert. It can grow up to about 3 feet tall. It grows in desert environs, where it occupies open, gravelly, rocky areas and roadsides, up to elevations of 6,600 feet.

EP-P1000398-2Dune Evening Primrose (Oenothera deltoides)  a.k.a. White Desert Primrose, Birdcage Evening Primrose, Devil's Lantern, Lion-in-a-Cage, Basket Evening Primrose. This bush-like, sweet-scented annual is most often a grayish green, creeping dune plant growing 2 to 18 inches high and spreading as wide as 40 inches.  Its 4-petaled white flowers are about one inch long, and turn yellow toward the center where they support yellow stamens. They can be found growing in sandy places below 3,500 feet; creosote bush scrub, joshua tree woodland, and sand dunes. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

EP-P1010529English Daisy (Bellis perennis), a.k.a. Common Daisy, European Daisy and Lawn Daisy, is a common European species of daisy, of the Asteraceae family, native to western, central and northern Europe, it has been widely naturalized in most temperate regions including the Americas. This is a herbaceous perennial; sometimes evergreen with short creeping rhizomes and small rounded or spoon-shaped rosettes of leaves that are from 3/4 to 2 inches long and grow flat to the ground,may form large colonies. It is a low, mat-forming to prostrate with upright leafless stems. Its lower leafs are small, oval, 1-2 inches long, in basal rosette. The flower head is .75 to 1.5 inches in diameter, with white ray florets (often tipped red) and yellow disc florets.For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

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Fringed Amaranth (Amaranthus fimbriatus) is an annual herb. This weedy plant grows in sandy, gravelly, and disturbed areas. The flowers of this plant are usually light or pale green in mid-summer to early fall, yet turn to a brownish, pinkish red late in the season.  They are both scattered in the leaf axils and densely clustered on long, thin, leafy, often curving terminal flower spikes. The flowers are disk-shaped and have 5 broad, clawed tepals with fringed or toothed edges. The leaves are green, simple, alternate, linear to narrowly lanceolate in shape, and up to 4 and 3/4 inches long. The slender stems are upright, often reddish in color and can be up to 40 inches in height. For more detailed info and pictures, click on the title above.

EP-P1040937 (3)Golden Evening Primrose (Camissonia brevipes) Evening-Primrose (Camissonia brevipes), a.k.a. Yellow Cups, is an annual forb with basal leaves and a flowering stalk. The flowers, clustered at the top, are 4-petaled and yellow with a stigma that hangs out beyond the petals. Its height is usually less than 2 feet. It blooms during early spring. It likes washes and gravel or rocky soils and can be found at elevations up to 5,000 feet; though is usually found in lower elevations. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

Gravel Ghost (Atrichoseris platyphylla), a.k.a. Tobacco Weed and Parachute Plant, is an annual herb that is native to California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. It produces a low basal rosette of rounded leaves patterned with gray-green and purple patches at ground level. It sends up a weedy-looking thin branching stem topped with a number of attractive, fragrant white or pink-tinged flowers with layered ray florets about 1 inch across, that are rectangular and toothed. The flowers are fragrant and readily withering. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

E-P1020615Green-leaf Manzanita (Ericaceae Arctostaphylos) is a bushy evergreen shrub with smooth, reddish brown, spreading stems which are up to 3-4 high and can propagate by layering, and growing to 6 feet with stiff, gnarly branches. The leaf is Alternate, simple, persistent; 1 to 2 inches long, leathery, and ovate to elliptical; entire margins, green and smooth on both surfaces, often orient themselves perpendicular to the sun's rays. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

Halogeton (Halogeton glomeratusHalogeton is a species of flowering plant in the amaranth family known by the common names saltlover, Aral barilla, and halogeton. It is native to Russia and China, but the plant is probably better known in the western United States, where it is an introduced species and a notorious noxious weed. This annual herb is a hardy halophyte, thriving in soils far too saline to support many other plants. It also grows in alkali soils such as those on alkali flats and disturbed, barren habitat. 

Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus engelmannii):The Hedgehog Cactus, a.k.a. Claret Cup, Mojave Mound Cactus, Kingcup Cactus, Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus, and mound cactus, usually is a mound-shaped plant to about 1-1/2-feet tall and composed of several, stout, upright stems to about 3 feet in diameter. Stems rarely solitary. Its stem surface are ribbed, without tubercles. For more information click the above link.

E-P1040966Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus arborescens) can be found growing on dry hills and in desert valley flats between 500 to 4000 feet in elevation, yet mostly in Creosote Bush scrub in the northern and central Mojave Desert. These are generally a thorny, thickly branched, strongly scented bush. This spreading, somewhat spiny, finely branched small shrub can grow to around 2-5 feet tall and spread to 3-6 feet wide. The flowers are an intense deep violet-blue produced in dense clusters at the branch tips. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

EP-P1040577Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja angustifolia)  a.k.a Desert Indian Paintbrush or Northwestern Paintbrush. It is an herbaceous perennial native to the desert scrub and woodlands of western North America. This Indian paintbrush is usually less than 18 inches height and has bristly gray-green to purple-red herbage. It stands in a clump of erect stems, each topped with a cluster of somewhat tubular bright red flowers. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.


Las Vegas Bearpoppy:The Las Vegas Bearpoppy, a.k.a California Bearpoppy, is a perennial forb that only grows mostly in gypsum-rich soils near Lake Mead, which is in the Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zone. Although it has 'californica' in it's name, this plant is not present in California. The Las Vegas Bearpoppy's habitat is found in the harshest and driest soils in the Mojave Desert, where few other plants survive. They especially favor soils with a high gypsum content. For more pictures and information click the above title.

Las Vegas Buckwheat (Eriogonum corymbosum var. nilesii)  is an open to somewhat spreading  woody perennial shrub up to 4 feet (ft) high with a mounding shape 5-feet across and has numerous clusters of yellow to pale yellow flowers on its stalks. For more information click the title above.

EP-P1010549Manybristle Chinchweed (Pectis papposa), a.k.a. Manybristle Chinchweed is a summer blooming annual plant which is found across the desert southwest from New Mexico to California and northern Mexico (in the Sonoran Desert and the Chihuahuan Desert) at elevations below 6,000 feet. With surprising promptness after the first summer rain, the desert floor is carpeted with the small yet bright yellow flowers. Its life zone is the sandy, dry areas of desert plains to rising foothills. Though the individual flowers are smaller than a dime, each ‘patch’ can spread out to more than a foot. For more detailed info and pictures, click on the title above.

EFP-P1100040 Mesquite Mistletoe (Phoradendron californicum), a.k.a. Desert Mistletoe is a perennial woody hemi-parasitic shrub with branches 3.9–31 inches long, that grows on other trees. The foliage is dichotomously branching, with minimal opposite pairs of leaves. It is native to the southern deserts of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Baja California. It can be found in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts under 4000 feet elevation. During the winter it produces numerous, small spherical, translucent, sticky white, pink, or red berries. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

EP-P1010537Miniature Lupine (Lupinus bicolor), a.k.a Miniature Annual Lupine, Pigmy-leaved Lupine, is a  small, grayish, hairy, branched plant with palmately compound leaves and blue-violet and white pea flowers arranged in whorls in short, thick, cone-like racemes. The pea-like flowers occur in a short raceme and are subtended by small, palmately compound leaves. Though there are many other annual lupines, I believe this is the correct classification. Growing up to 16 inches in height, it grows off a hairy, erect single stem that is often branched. Its leaf petiole is 1/2–2 1/2 inches, palmately divided into 5–7 narrow leaflets, hairless or covered with tiny hairs on upper surface.For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

E-P1110369Mojave Prickly Poppy (Argemone corymbosa, a.k.a. Prickly Poppy and Desert Prickly Poppy, is a perennial herbaceous flowering forb in the family Papaveraceae native to the eastern Mojave Desert of the southwestern United States. The plant grows in sandy places and on dry slopes, generally in disturbed areas like washes and roadsides, between 1,300 and 3,500 feet. It grows to a height between 16-32 inches and 2-3 feet wide. Flowers are 1.5 to 5 inches in diameter, with four (or 6) white petals and an orange-colored center. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

EP-P1040960 Narrow Leaf Popcorn Flower (Cryptantha angustifolia)is a member of the Forget-me-not or Borge Family. There are more than 40 species of this genus in California alone. Its flowers, growing in clusters, are small, white, 5-petaled, about 1-inch, and grow in a coil at the end of branches. The “popcorn” flowers are so-called because they are white and clustered at the top of the coil, looking like popcorn. It grows from 6-20 inches in height and has grayish, very hairy, narrow leaves to about 1.5 inches in length. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

Notch Leaved Phacelia (Phacelia crenulata) Notch-Leaved Phacelia (Phacelia crenulata), a.k.a. Cleftleaf Wild Heliotrope, Scorpionweed, Scalloped Phacelia and Caterpillarweed. It is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It is an annual plant that grows from 3-24 inches tall. Its open flower clusters, coiled like a scorpion’s tail, are made up of many small, bell-shaped, purple flowers with white or light blue throats that all grow from the same side of the branching flower stalks. Flowers are 1/2 inch wide and have 5 round lobes. The petals of the flowers vary from deep violet to blue-purple in color and up to a half inch long. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

EP-P1050040Pebble Pincusion Chaenactis carphoclinia is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family. This annual herb grows an erect, branching stem up to about 20 inches in maximum height. The longest leaves are about 3 inches long and are usually divided into a few lobes. The inflorescence bears a few flower heads, each up to an inch wide. The head is lined with flat, sharp-pointed phyllaries which are reddish in color. The head contains several white or pink-tinted flowers with long, protruding anthers. The fruit is an achene a few millimeters in length tipped with a scaly pappus. It is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, where it grows in rocky and gravelly desert habitats. For more detailed info and pictures, click on the title above.

EP-P1010092Petiolate Beardtongue (Penstemon petiolatus) a.k.a. Crevice Pestemon and Sheep Range beardtongue, is a low rounded, shrub growing to about 6 inches tall and up to 24 inches across. It has short bark that is gnarled with age, with branching stems. In spring and early summer it produces beautiful, deep purple tubular flowers - inflorescence: cyme with 1-4 tubular flowers.  It is most often found in limestone cliffs in the lower mountains in the Lower Sonoran life zone. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

EP-P1110429Prickly Sow Thistle (Sonchus asper), a.k.a. Sonchus the Sharp-fringed Sow Thistle, Prickly Sow Thistle, Spiny Sow Thistle, or Spiny-leaved Sow Thistle, is an annual weed with very spiny leaves and yellow flowers that resemble those of a dandelion. A full-grown plant can reach 5-6 feet in height. They can be found in vacant lots, roadsides, fields, and other recently disturbed areas throughout most of North America. For more detailed info and pictures, click on the title above.

Rattlesnake Weed (Euphorbia albomarginata), a.k.a. Whitemargin Sandmat, is a small low-growing annual native to desert, chaparral, and grassland habitats from southern and central California to Northern Mexico and Louisiana. It can be easily identified by its small size, dusty green leaves, very flattened growth pattern, and the white circular margin around the edge of its burgundy centered flowers. This ground cover plant is usually no more than 1/2 inch high, with individual plants growing closely and forming mats of vegetation covering roughly a square foot. The flowers of this plant are tiny and edged in white, with a purplish or burgundy center. For more detailed info and pictures, click on the title above.

EP-P1010541Rocky Mountain Phlox (Phlox multiflora). With more than 60 species tied to the Phlox family, it has been difficult to pin this plant down; this perennial herb is either Cold Desert Phlox (Phlox stansburyi), a.k.a. Pink Phlox, or Rocky Mountain Phlox (Phlox multiflora). I’m going with Rocky Mountain Phlox. Both appear to be native to the southwestern United States from California to Utah to Texas, where they occur in desert and plateau scrub and woodland habitat. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

EP-P1010154-2Showy Goldeneye (Heliomeris multiflora) grows throughout the mountain west from foothills elevations up to the subalpine (3,000-11,800 feet). It inhabits open, dry to moderately moist slopes and is very common in washes and along roadsides. It blooms from June through September. This herbaceous perennial plant grows in bushy clumps standing 1 to 4 feet tall. The leaves are broadly to narrowly lance-shaped, slightly toothed, and 1 to 3 inches long. All but the uppermost leaves are opposite on the stem. The flower heads are borne at the ends of the branches. Both the ray flowers and disk flowers are yellow forming heads 1 to 1.5 inches broad. This picture was taken in Lovell Canyon.

EP-P1050033-2Smooth Desert Dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata), a.k.a. Desert Dandelion, is an annual forb that grows in sunny, open, sandy washes and flats. Its dandelion-like flower heads are up to 1 3/4 inches wide and have numerous, slender, strap-shaped, square-tipped, 5-toothed corollas. The sparse leaves are green, alternate, mainly basal, and usually pinnately lobed with 3 to 6 or more pairs of long, threadlike lobes. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

P1000468Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas. It possesses a large inflorescence (flowering head), and its name is derived from the flower's shape and image, which is often used to depict the sun. The plant has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves and circular heads of flowers. The heads consist of many individual flowers which mature into seeds, often in the hundreds, on a receptacle base. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

EP-P1000142Tidy Fleabane (Erigeron concinnus), a.k.a. Navajo fleabane and Shaggy daisy, is a perennial flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the dry mountains of the Mojave Desert around Death Valley in southeast California and Nevada. It can also be found in Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. “Erigerons”, commonly called "Daisies" or "Fleabanes", are a large and complex genus; there are 130 species in North America and 200 world-wide.For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

E-P1110739Utah Penstemon Penstemon utahensis), Utah Penstemon (penstemon utahensis), a.k.a. Utah Firecracker, is an erect, hairless perennial that is usually between 1-2 feet tall. It has thick, opposite, entire leaves that are often folded lengthwise. They have clasping bases that are up to 20 inches long near the base of the plant, decreasing in size up to the stem. Its red, tubular to funnel-shaped flowers are about 1 inch long with upper lobes that spread backward. They are usually found in rock places between 4,000 and 5,000 feet in desert scrub and Pinyon-Juniper woodlands from southern Utah to northern Arizona. Their flowering season is early spring, April to May.For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

E-P1110261Virgin River Cryptantha (Cryptantha virginensis) is a species of wildflower in the borage family.  known by the common name Virgin River cryptantha. This small plant is native to the southwestern United States where it is a common in scrub and woodland. This cryptantha is an annual or occasionally a perennial up to 40 centimeters in height. It is coated densely in long white hairs and bristles. The inflorescence (group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem that is composed of a main branch or a complicated arrangement of branches) is cylindrical or club-shaped, packed with tubular flowers with flat-faced corollas. The flower is usually bright white with yellow throat parts at the tube opening. The fruit is a rough, ridged nutlet. Picture was taken in Lovell Canyon.

EP-P1000505Western Salsify (Asteraceae Tragopogon dubius), a.k.a. Goat's Beard, Wild Oysterplant, Yellow Salsify, Yellow Goat's Beard, Meadow Goat's Beard, Goat's Beard, Goatsbeard, Common Salsify, or Salsify., grows as an annual or occasionally biennial forb, reaching a height of typically 1 to 3 feet tall with narrow leaves up to 12 inches long. Pale lemon-yellow flower heads, 2-3 inches in diameter, are at the end of long hollow peduncles. The 8 to 13 bracts are longer than the flowers. The stock of the Western Salsify is swollen just beneath the flower. It grows typically in warm, sheltered spots with moist soil.

E-P1110157Whitebract Blazingstar (Mentzelia involucrata) is an uncommon annual forb that looks like a small, rounded shrub (a mound of crinkled leaves) topped with large, cup-shaped, pale yellow flowers. The medium-sized leaves are hairy, and the flowers have five petals and many stamens. Its stems are thick, but not woody. Its hairy leaves are irregularly toothed, alternate, linear to oval, and are about 3./4 of an inch long.  Its inflorescence, single pale yellow flowers have 5 petals, from 1/2 to 2-1/2 inches, and contain 1-inch stamens. For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.

EP-P1060300 Yellow Spine Thistle (Cirsium ochrocentrum) is a perennial that grows to 5 feet. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by bees, flies, lepidoptera, beetles, and self.The plant is self-fertile. It prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil; preferring acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. Oddly, it requires dry or moist soil. Its thistles are known for their effusive flower heads, usually purple or rose to pink, also yellow or white. For more detailed info and pictures, click on the title above.

E-P1110641Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica), a.k.a. Lizard Tail, is a stoloniferous perennial flowering plant within the family Saururaceae, that has woolly stems, 4-20 in. high, are subtended by large, waxy, dull gray-green basal leaves that lay flat on the ground and form mats that from a distance look like a permanent pasture. Stems root as they grow along the surface, forming an unusual, solid ground cover. Yerba mansa is showy in spring when in bloom. Spikes of odd, whitish flowers occur at the top of the flowering stem. The conic white 'flowers' (actually reduced inflorescences, or pseudanthia) are borne in early spring, and are surrounded by 5-10 large white bracts.  For more detailed info and pictures, click the title above.