In The Desert
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This is presented here to show you the difference in this species in the desert and in the higher elevations. This is the Globemallow and is found in the desert in lower elevations. It grows in a bush configuration like the one shown here, which is around 3 ft. high. See the next photo.
The flowers on the ground hugging Scarlet Globemallow are almost identical to the Globemallow of the lower deserts. The stems are erect and reach heights of 2 1/2 ft.. They bloom from April to August. They reproduce from seeds.
"Oenothera caespitosa Nutt" is a beautiful flower, very low growing with usually only a few flowers. This is a perennial. They open late in the day and only last till the following morning.
Pretty, small, white flowers growing in a very tight group. This small bunch was 8 inches across and only about 3 inches high. These were found west of Cedar City, Utah in the mountains called the Antelope Range just north of Iron Town.
Very pretty cluster of daisy's found in the Cedar City area of the desert. About 2 ft. tall with pure white flowers with yellow centers.
"Erysimum repandum" Grows on upright stems about 2 ft. high. Very pretty cluster of yellow flowers found in the Antelope Mountains north of Iron Town.
"Purshia glandulosa" This plant grows much like a desert sage brush, in size and shape. At this time of the year (May) it is full of yellow flowers.
"Eriogonum" This small plant is commonly found west of Cedar City, Utah. The flowers are small at less than 1 inch across and plant itself is only about 8 inches across. As you can see by the insert it is a very stunning and colorful flower.
"Penstemon leiophyllus" Beautiful purple flower, bell shaped on a low plant. Often found in large quantities in certain areas of the mountains south of Minersville, Utah.
"Gilia congesta" The stems of this plant grow along the ground and at intervals you'll find these large (5 inches across) balls of white flowers. Pure white and very pretty wildflowers in the desert.
"Calochortus nuttallii" The Sego Lily is the Utah State Flower. The bulb of this flower was often eaten by the early Mormons. The Indians told them to do this. They don't usually grow in groups, but are more often found by themselves. The flower often gets to 3 inches in diameter.
"Astragalus ientiginosus" The upper photo shows the plant and it's flowers and pods. The lower photo shows the beautiful seed pods that form on this flowering plant.
"Lupinus Argenteus" Closely resembling the Blue Bonnets, this flowering desert plant is in the pea family. Seen in large clusters in areas of sage brush and where Junipers grow.This plant was 2 ft. tall.
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Tufted Evening Primrose
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High Desert Wildflowers
Scientifc and plant names for a lot of these species are courtesy of Chad Reid, Roger Banner and Mindy Pratt at the Utah State University. Thank you for your time and effort!
Flowers listed by the USU HERE on line and a field guide you can purchase.
This very unusual plant has another name, "Locoweed". Animals, sheep, cattle and horses have died within a few hours of ingesting this plant. It has the effect of making them seem crazy (hense the name) where they stumble and loose appetite, and balance. Beautiful as it may be, it is a deadly plant!
Lupine's are seen everywhere in the desert, and if your wondering how they could be in the pea family, then you need to catch them right after a bloom. You'll find these little pods on the plant and when opened you'll see why they are in the pea family.
"Stanleya pinnata" This flower grows to a height of 2 1/2 ft. and usually stands out as it has 3 or 4 main stalks. A very pretty flowering plant in the desert. The next photo is a close-up. There are several ants on the flowers. This plant and flower is a native perennial. It is poisonous as it collects selenium as it grows. This also led uranium prospectors to look for the plant because you usually find selenium near uranium.
"Penstemon palmeri" A native perrenial plant that is often eaten by wildlife. A very pretty plant and flower. The upper photo to the left shows several stalks about 20 inches tall. Usually grows in open areas. Lower photo to the left is a close-up of the flowers. It blooms in the spring. There are two other Penstemon flower plants listed below, and there are several more not listed here. It's interesting how different these plants look and how different their growth habits are.
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"Penstemon eatonii" Just to give you an idea of how different the various varieties of Penstamon flowers are. Flower shape and color vary widely. Common names: Eaton Penstamon, Eaton Beardtongue, Scarlet Bugler. This a short lived perennial forb, growing 2-3 ft. tall. Grows in the early spring and flowers appear from early summer through early fall.
Pale Evening Primrose
"Oenothera pallida Lindi" is a beautiful flower, growing 4 to 27 inches tall. Blooms May until December. Found in semi-desert, and in the foothills.
Photo Courtesy of Paula Kerr
Photo Courtesy of Paula Kerr
Photo Courtesy of Paula Kerr
There are times when you may want to lose the background in a photo taken of flowers. In the two images to the right this was the case and it's easy to do. Watch the short video at the bottom of the page HERE for more on this easy technique.
"Penstemon speciosus" Very similar to the Palmer penstemon in growth. Flowers are different. Grows from 3500 to 8500 Ft. elev.
See photo below
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