Phacelia Flower at Lake Mead

Lake Mead Plant Communities

With the annual rainfall of the desert region near Lakes Mead and Mohave less than 6 inches a year, one might assume that only a few hardy plants could exist under such rigorous conditions. On the contrary, the desert has vast numbers of flower species (approximately 700 species with possibly more that are still to be identified). Favorable winter and early spring rains transform the seemingly bare slopes and washes into a mass of color. Without these beneficial rains, the seeds lie dormant until better conditions exist.

Last updated: July 27, 2021

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