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    Mojave

    National Preserve California

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Where the Wildflowers Are

In spring and early summer, this list is updated with wildflower observations by both National Park Service staff and visitors. If you would like to contribute, please email us with your wildflower sightings. Be sure to let us know what you saw (common name and/or scientific name), where you saw it (nearby roads, mile markers, landmarks, etc.), when you saw it, and any other information you feel might be useful to others.

 

Wildflower Observations

May 2, 2014

Although past its peak, globe mallow continues to bloom in profusion along Black Canyon and Cedar Canyon Roads in the Mid Hills Area. Many species are blooming at the Rock House and Rock Spring area. Desert senna are blooming in profusion along Kelbaker Road between I-15 and Kelso.

April 25, 2014
The bloom has ended at lower elevations on the west side of Mojave National Preserve, but is continuing at higher elevations. Globe mallowand sand verbena continue to bloom in the Mid Hills area and along Cedar CanyonRoad. Mojave mound and beavertail cactus are blooming on Cima Dome along with avariety of flowers including Indian paintbrush and Palmer's penstemon. Look along Cima Road between I-15 andTeutonia Peak Trailhead, and also along Teutonia Peak Trail.

April 20, 2014

Several species of cacti are blooming along the Teutonia Peak Trail and in the area near Cima Dome. Among those blooming are numerous Mojave Mound and Beavertail. Indian paintbrush and evening primrose are also blooming in the area. Palmer's penstemon can be found along Cima Road north of Teutonia Peak.

March 26, 2014

Desert dandelion are abundant on Kelso Dunes Road, KelbakerRoad south of Kelso, and Kelso Cima Road. Desert lilies seem to be especially abundant this year. There is a good patch one mile south of Kelso on Kelbaker Road, as well as in Jackass Canyon and sandy areas around Cowhole Mountain. Verbena are beginning to bloom along Cedar Canyon Road. Blooms have also been reported along the east boundary near Homer Mountain.

Here's a list of flowers blooming along the powerline roadthrough Foshay Pass:
globe mallow
Mojave aster
white wooly daisy
desert dandelion
Indian paintbrush
beavertail cactus
brittlebrush
golden primrose
chicory
hopsage
lupine
cresotebush

March 15, 2014: Kelbaker Road

Desert lily (Hesperocallisundulata)
Fremont pincushion (Chaenactis fremontii)
Desert chicory (Rafinesquia neomexicana)
Cryptantha spp
Spectaclepod (Dithyrea californica)
Desert Alyssum (Lepidium fremontii)
Brown-eyed primrose (Chylismia claviformis)
Evening primrose (Oenothera californica)
Duneevening primrose (Oenothera deltoides)
Pricklypoppy (Argemone corymbosa)
Eveningsnow (Linanthus dichotomus)
Indian tobacco (Nicotiana quadrivalvis)
Desert marigold (Baileya multiradiata)
Brittlebush(Encelia farinosa)
Wallace's woolly daisy (Eriophyllum wallacei)
Desert sunflower(Geraea canescens)
Desert dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata)
Checker fiddleneck (Amsinckia tessellata)
Bladderpod (Peritoma arborea var. angustata)
Golden evening primrose (Chylismia brevipes)
Yellow evening primrose(Oenothera primiveris –not sure which subspp)
Desert gold-poppy (Eschscholzia; either E.glyptosperma or E. minutiflora,or both)
Desert trumpet (Eriogonum inflatum var. inflatum)
Creosote bush (Larreatridentata)
Desert Canterbury bell (Phacelia campanularia)
Notch-leaved Phacelia (Phacelia crenulata)
Lace-leaf Phacelia (Phacelia distans)
Lupinus spp
Chia (Salviacolumbariae)
Cooper's broom-rape (Orobanche cooperi) – I've never seen so much before
Turpentine broom (Thamnosma Montana)
Gooding's Verbena (Verbena gooddingii)
Purple mat (Namademissum)
Nipple cactus (Opuntiabasilaris)
Beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris)
Red-stemmed filaree (Erodium cicutarium)
Wild rhubarb (Rumexhymenosepalus)
Desert mallow (Sphaeralceaambigua)

March 9, 2014: Kelso Dunes, Kelso Dunes Road, and Kelbaker Road just north of Kelso Dunes Road

desert dandelion
Fremont pincushion
white tackstem
wild rhubarb
dunes evening primrose
broad-flowered gilia
narrow-leaved popcorn flower
bladder pod
globe mallow
desert trumpet
little gold poppy
checker fiddlehead
Coulter's lupine
purplemat
Wallace wooly daisy

Did You Know?

photo of creosotebush

Creosote bush dominates the Mojave Desert landscape, growing on about seventy percent of Mojave Desert lands.