SACRED DATURA (Datura meteloides)
APACHE PLUME (Fallugia paradoxa)
A low shrub, blooms most heavily in early summer but continues throughout the summer and into fall. Fruits are feathery, plume-like, and give the plant its common name.
ANTELOPE'S HORN (Asclepias asperula)
A member of the milkweed family, this plant can be found in Frijoles Canyon and along the Falls Trail. Flowers are greenish-white with pink centers.
BANANA YUCCA (Yucca baccata)
Thicker- leafed of the two common yucca in the park. Was very useful to the Ancestral Pueblo people. Found throughout lower elevations and the Piñon-Juniper woodland in the park.
POISON MILKWEED (Asclepias subverticillata)
Found along roadways and at the Rio Grande where the soil has been disturbed. Blooms mid to late summer.
SCORPIONWEED (Phacelia heterophylla)
Flower stalks unfold like a scorpion's tail as they begin to bloom. Blooms in mid to late summer. Found on mesas and in canyons throughout the lower elevations of the park.
WESTERN VIRGIN'S BOWER (Clematis ligusticifolia)
Found in the damp canyons including Frijoles Canyon. Blooms in mid summer. This vine is a member of the same genus as the clematis you might grow at home.
CANDYTUFT (Thlaspi alpestre)
Early spring bloomer. Mostly in moist canyons or higher elevations.
CANADA VIOLET (Viola canadensis)
Blooms in early to mid spring and occasionally again in late summer. Found in moist canyon bottoms.
BRICKLEBUSH (Brickellia spp.)
Blooms mid to late summer in canyons and on canyon slopes.
WILD BUCKWHEAT (Eriogonum leptophyllium)
Low growing bushy plant. Blooms in late spring and early summer.
CLAMMYWEED (Polanisia trachysperma)
Mid to late summer bloomer. Found in disturbed soil like around roads and trails.
Yarrow (Achillea lanulosa)
Blooms late summer to early fall. Found in moist canyon bottoms.
DOVEWEED (Croton texensis)
Also called Croton. Blooms early to mid summer. Found in disturbed soil like along roadways or trails.
FLEABANE (Erigeron spp.)
There are several species of Fleabane, also called daisies, found in the park. They bloom all summer long but are most abundant in the spring. Different species are found in all parts of the park.
THELYPODY (Thelpodium wrightii)
Blooms in late summer. Found along trails and roads and other dry areas.
CHOKECHERRY (Prunus virginiana)
Small bushy tree. Blooms in late spring. Attracts insects. Found in moist canyons like Frijoles Canyon.
PUSSYTOES (Antennaria parvifolia)
Blooms early to mid summer. Found in meadows or open areas of the Ponderosa pine or mixed Conifer forests.
RICHARDSON'S GERANIUM (Geranium richardsonii)
Blooms in early summer and continues to bloom throughout the summer and into autumn. Found in moist areas of the Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests.
Last updated: January 30, 2022