Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 6, 2013

Death Valley NP Wildflower Report 3/4/13

DesertUSA has a new wildflower report for Death Valley National Park: March 1-4, 2013

some beautiful pockets of flowers:

· SHOWY DISPLAY – in a wash two miles east of the Death Valley park sign on 190 where you are greeted with a display of Golden Evening Primrose at a pull off. Walk into the wash to the right for more blooms including: Mojavea, Rock Daisy, Phacelia, Monkey Flower, Desert Trumpet, Cryptantha, and Desert Gold Poppy. As the park advised, walk carefully to avoid crushing the plants. There are many shoots that promises future blooms here.

· DIVERSITY OF BLOOMS – on the flats by the turn off to Twenty Mule Team Canyon on 190 south of Furnace Creek. Though the booms are spaced and not a mass of color, I counted 14 species blooming here including: Turtleback, Broad-Leaved Gilia, Gravel Ghost, Purple Mat, Desert Gold, Shredding Evening Primrose, and Pincushion.

· CLUMP OF DESERT GOLD – along the Scotty Castle Road four miles north of 190.

Hiking up the lower part of Titus Canyon, I saw big clumps of Ground Cherries and only a scattering of other blooms. In the next canyon over, Fall Canyon, there were similar blooms and many green sprouts along the canyon walls with good promise. Coming down into the park from Jubilee Pass on Badwater Road, I pulled over the check what was in the green in the road margins. I found Dalea, Cryptantha, and a few Poppies and Lupine. I followed the advice from the park an earlier Desert Jim post and climbed over the bern down from the park sign on 190.

I was greeted by the Furnace Creek wash a mass of yellow as far as I could see in both directions. The predominate species was Golden Evening Primrose, with Phacelia, Desert Star, Monkey Flower and other blooms included. Though I found no big shows of Desert Gold and no flowers in most of the park, this year’s rain pattern brought bigger masses of Mojavea and more blooms in the Furnace Creek Wash than I have seen in past trips to Death Valley.

See all DesertUSA reports and photos at: DesertUSA Wildflower Reports

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