Wildflowers

Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush

Despite the seemingly barren nature of the cinder cones and lava fields, spectacular floral displays occur at Craters of the Moon each spring. Peak bloom for spring wildflowers generally occurs in mid-June. Starting with the arrival of the wild onion in late April and ending with the disappearance of the yellow blossoms of the rabbitbrush in September, some variety of wildflower can be found blooming within the monument's boundaries. The ability to grow in this harsh environment means overcoming a lack of moisture, meager soil, and surface temperatures that exceed 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Many of the unusual characteristics of the wildflowers are adaptations for survival in this extreme environment.

Links to a document showing a seasonal list (PDF) of many of the flowers that bloom around the 7 mile Loop Road.

Wildflower Watch
Here is a partial list of the other flowers that we have seen blooming in the park to date:

Beckwith's violet
Nutall's violet
Goosefoot violet
Wax currant
Golden currant
Blue-eyed Mary
Woodland star
Box saxifrage
Sticky cinquefoil
Chokecherry
Anderson's buttercup
Anderson's larkspur
Blue Penstemon
Buckwheat
Hood's phlox
Yellow fritillary;yellowbells
Tapertip onion
Ballhead waterleaf
Milkvetch
Bluebells
Desert alyssum
Lemmon's rockcress
Spreading rockcress
Desert parsley
Springparsley
Biscuitroot
Arrowleaf balsamroot
Wooly yellow daisy
Deathcamas
Many flower stickseed
Gromwell, Puccoon
Indian paintbrush
Spurred lupine
Sandwort
Longleaf phlox
Gland Cinquefoil
Desert Parsley
Paintbrush
Hot Rock Penstemon
Blue Penstemon
Allium
Antelope Bitterbrush
Cryptantha
Fernleaf Fleabane
Dusty Maiden
Groundsel
Syringa
Fernbush
Blazing Star
slender buckwheat





 

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