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Southwest Flowers

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Blanket Flower

(Gaillardia aristata)

   Grows to 27.5 inches tall, a very pretty wildflower in the desert rising from a slender taproot. Greenery is somewhat hairy. Found in eastern Utah through British Colombia, Oregon, Colorado, and South Dakota.

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Photo Courtesy of Paula Kerr

Blanket Flower
Carmine Gilia
Desert Phlox
Mountain Pepperplant
Rough Mulesears
Showy rushpink
Yellow Catspaw

Photo Courtesy of Paula Kerr

Photo Courtesy of Paula Kerr

Photo Courtesy of Paula Kerr

Photo Courtesy of Paula Kerr

Photo Courtesy of Paula Kerr

Photo Courtesy of Paula Kerr

Carmine Gilia

(gilia subnuda)

   This attractive wildflower grows in sandy to clayey soils in the Painted Deserts. Grows to 30 inches tall. Hairy and sometimes skunky smelling. See enlargement for flower detail

Desert Phlox

(Phlox austromontana)

   Always has 5 united petals with stamens usually showing 5. Flowers are white, pink, lavender, or yellowish. Habitat in Arches National Park, desert shrub and pinyon, juniper pine communities. Blooms in April and May.

Mountain Pepperplant

(Lepidium montanum)

   This is a dense, upright, evergreen tree or shrub with dark red shoots, leathery, lance shaped, glossy, dark green leaves and clusters of fragrant pale yellow or white flowers that bloom in late spring and have a spherical black fruit in autumn. See enlargement for more detail.

Rough Mulesears

(Wyethia scabra)

   Even though the flowers appear to be single flowers they are composed of several flowers in one head. Low shrub with 3/4 to 1.6 inch flowers. Usually grows in loose sandy areas. Enlargement for more detail.

Showy rushpink

(Lygodesmia grandiflora)

   There are 5 different varieties or subspecies that occur in Utah, can be found in a lot of desert areas in Southern Utah. Blooms May, June and July. See the enlargement.
ID by Chad Reid of the USU Ag, Division

Yellow Catspaw

(Cryptantha flava)

   This is a perennial herb with numerous stems and narrow leaves covered with stiff hairs on the underside. It's flowers are 2 to 8 inches long. "Cryptantha" means "hidden flower". Grows to a height of 5 to 15 inches. It flowers from April to July and grows in pinyon, juniper and mixed desert scrub. It can be found in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Arizona. This one was photographed in eastern Utah.
Fleabane Flower

Fleabane Flower

(Erigeron philadelphicus)

   Habitat: fields, open woods and grassy areas. Height: 5-30 inches. Fowers in May to July. This one was photographed in the Albion Basin near Alta, Utah. Animals won't eat this plant, leaves smell like soap.

Photo Courtesy of Mike Flaherty

Mexican Hat Coneflower

Mexican Hat Coneflower

(Ratibida columnifera)

   A plant branched and leafy in lower part with long leafless stalks bearing flower heads of 3-7 yellow or yellow and red-brown, drooping rays surrounding a long, red-brown central disk. Its sombrero-shaped flower heads, is usually 1 1/2 ft. tall but can reach 3 ft. Flower petals range from dark red and yellow, to all red or all yellow
Range: Utah, Arizona, New Mexico

Photo Courtesy of Cheryl Adams

Spanish Broom, Weaver's Broom

Spanish Broom,
Weaver's Broom

(Spartium junceum)

   It is regarded as a noxious invasive species in places with a Mediterranean climate such as California and Oregon. The plant is also used as a flavoring, and for its essential oil, known as "genet absolute". Its fibers have been used for cloth and it produces a yellow dye.

Photo Courtesy of Jamaka Petzak

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