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?
The Bryce Canyon Paintbrush was discovered June 24, 1965 at Inspiration Point in Bryce Canyon National Park. This rare wildflower is only found in southwestern Utah. More...