Back Country Campsite Closed
Due to bear activity at Bryce Canyon's back-country, the following campsite has been closed until further notice: Sheep Creek
Common Name(s): Western Wallflower, Pursh's Wallflower
Scientific Name: Erysimum capitatum var. purshii (also known as Erysimum asperum var. purshii)
Size (height) English & Metric: 6"-36" (15-90 cm)
Habitat: Diverse but commonly found on disturbed soil
Flowering Season (for Bryce region): April - July
Range: Throughout the Southwest and Western side of the Rocky Mountains, most elevations in Utah.
A member of the mustard family, and a species which is very common through the drier regions of the western United States. It has numerous yellow flowers, each with four petals arranged in a basal rosette. The leaves are arranged around the stem in an alternating pattern.
When and where to see at Bryce:
Spellenberg, Richard. 2001. National Audubon Society's Field Guide to North American Wildflowers - Western Region. Chanticleer Press, Inc., New York.
Williams, David. 2000. A Naturalist Guide to Canyon Country. Falcon Press. Helena, Montana.
Did You Know?
USS Bryce Canyon (AD-36) was named after the park. Commissioned 15 September 1950 at Charleston SC,(22 years after the park was established, to the day), Decommissioned 30 June 1981. A plaque, with a Flag and Ensign last flown over the ship are on display in the Headquarters building. More...