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Mojave Desert Wildflower List

Also see: Wildflower Photo Guide


Arrowhead Butterweed
Bigelow's Coreopsis - Leptosyne bigelovii
Bigelow's Monkey Flower - Mimulus bigelovii
Bladderpod - Peritoma arborea
Blue Dicks - Dichelostemma capitatum - Blue
Booth's Primrose - Camissonia boothii ssp. desertorum
Brittlebush - Encelia farinosa
Brown-eyed Primrose - Camisonia claviformis
Bush Poppy
California Bluebells - Phacelia campanularia
California Buckwheat - Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium
California Fagonia - Fagonia laevis - R43-munz
California Poppy - Escholzia californica
Chia - Salvia columbariae
Chuparosa - Justicia californica
Cleftleaf Heliotrope
Cream Cups - Platystemon californicus
Creosote - Larrea tridentata
Datura - Datura wrightii
Davy's Gilia - Gilia latiflora ssp. Davyi
Desert Alyssum, Bush Peppergrass - Lepidium fremontii
Desert Calico - Loeseliastrum matthewsii - Pink
Desert Chicory - Rafinesquia neomexicana
Desert Dandelion - Malocothryx glabrata
Desert five-spot - Eremalche rotundifolia - Pink
Desert Indian Paintbrush - Castilleja angustifolia
Desert Larkspur - Delphinium parishii
Desert Lily - Hesperocallis undulata
Desert Lavender - Hyptis emoryi
Desert Lupine - Lupinus Shockleyi
Desert Marigold - Baileya multiradiata - Y190-mackay
Desert Parsley - Lomatium mohavense
Desert Sand Verbena - Abronia villosa - Pink
Desert Senna - Senna armata
Desert Star - Monoptilon bellioides
Desert Sunflower - Geraea canescens - Y208-mackay
Desert Trumpet - Eriogonum inflatum
Desert Willow - Chilopsis linearis - P85-mackay
Dune Evening Primrose - Oenothera deltoides
Eaton's Firecracker - Penstemon eatonii - R59-munz
Fiddleneck - Amsinckia sp.
Forget-me-not
Fremont Phacelia - Phacelia fremontii
Fremont's Pin Cushion - Chaenactis fremontii
Globemallow - Sphaeralcea ambigua
Goldenbush
Golden Desert Snapdragon
Golden Gilia - Linanthus aureus
Goldenhead
Goldfields - Lasthenia californica - Yellow
Gooddings Verbena
Indian Tobacco - - USDA
Indigo Bush - Psorothamnus arborescens
Lacy Phacelia - Phacelia cryptantha - Blue
Lilac Sunbonnet - Langloisia setosissima - Pink
Little Sunbonnets, Schott Gilia - Loeseliastrum schotti - W175-mackay
Miner's Lettuce
Mojave Aster - Aster mohavensis
Mojave Linanthus
Mojave Poppy - Eschscholtzia glyptosperma - Y155-munz
Mojave Stinkweed
Mojave Sun Cup, Field Primrose - Camissonia campestris - Y247-mackay
Navajo Fleabane
Owl's Clover - Castilleja exserta - Pink
Paperbag Bush - Salazaria mexicana - BP58-mackay
Paper Flower
Prickly Poppy - Argemone corymbosa
Prince's Plume - Stanleya pinnata - y158-munz
Pygmy-Leaved Lupine - Lupinus bicolor - Blue
Purple Mat - Nama demissum
Purple Nightshade
Rattlesnake Weed - Euphorbia albomarginata
Red Maids - Calandrinia ciliata
Red Stem Filaree - Erodium cicutarium
Rock-Daisy - Perityle emoryi
Scale-Bud - Anisocoma acaulis
Shockley's Goldenhead
Shrubby Butterweed - Senecio flaccidus var. monoensis - Y205-munz
Shrubby Deervetch
Thistle Sage - Salvia carduacea - B142-munz
Sandblossoms
Trailing Townula - Sarcostemma hirtellum - Y180-munz
Thick-leaved Ground Cherry - Physalis Crassifolia - W261-mackay
Tidy Tips,White Layia - Layia glandulosa - W119-munz
Tobacco Weed - Atrichoseris platyphylla
Woolly Amsonia - Amsonia tomentosa
Wallace Woolly Daisy - Eriophyllum wallacei - Y207-mackay
Western Wallflower - Erysimum capitatum - Y156-munz
White Rhatany - Krameria grayii - P95-mackay
Yellow Evening Primrose
Yerba Mansa - Anemopsis californica - W138-stark
Yerba Santa

Photo Color Guide




Wildflowers & Wildlife Notes:
The desert tortoise and the chuckwalla are herbivores that like nothing better than to eat the sweet blossoms of the pretty desert annuals.

Also see the:
>> Mojave Desert Cactus Guide

>> Plant Glossary

Wildflower Photos
Blooming Periods



The extent and timing of spring wildflower blooms may vary greatly from one year to the next in the California deserts. Blooms are dependent upon many environmental factors, with winter precipitation and spring temperatures the key ones.

In general, spring flowering begins as temperatures rise -- first at lower elevations in February and later at higher elevations in March and April. On mountain tops above 5,000 feet blooms are as late as June.

Some believe that spectacular desert blooms occur on an average about once every twenty years and others say that an ideal year comes once every three or four decades.

Most spring wildflowers in the desert are annuals. Strict germination requirements are a kind of insurance for the seed, keeping it from germinating when it isn't likely to survive to maturity.

Three plants that seem to bloom even in poor years are the Bladderpod, Creosote Bush and the Jimson Weed or Datura.




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