Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 17, 2017

Eastern Sierra Wildflowers: Bishop Creek 7/17/17

Today was spent exploring wildflowers along Bishop Creek in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. We drove from 395 to South Lake (approx. 22 miles). The Wildflowers don’t start to appear until about 11 miles and the best flowers along the road were during the last few miles.

The highlight was a very short hike we did through a wildflower “garden”, which was a short spur to left of the main trail just above the parking area. This was probably the most flowery area we have seen during this trip. There were lots of Kelley’s Lily, Monkshood, Red Paintbrush, Western Columbine, Sierra Rein-Orchid,  and Arrow-leafed Groundsel. Other flowers in this area included Green Rein Orchid, Fireweed, Slender Cinquefoil, Shooting Star, Sierra Columbine and Swamp Onion.

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Bishop Creek Plant List 7/17/17:

Heavenly Blue or Blue Mantle/ Eriastrum densifolium

Desert Sweet/Chamaebatiaria millefolium

Rabbitbrush/Chrysothamnus nauseous

Frosted or Sulphur Buckwheat/Eriogonum umbellatum

Blue Elderberry/Sambucus mexicana

Soda Straw/Angelica lineariloba

Desert Evening Primrose/Oenothera caespitosa

Long-leaved Paintbrush/Castilleja linarifolia

Inyo Lupine/Lupinus argenteus var. heteranthus


Seen in the two miles before South Lake

Apricot Mallow/Sphaeralcea ambigua

Bird’s-foot Trefoil/Lotus corniculatus (naturalized)

Kelley’s Lily/Lillium kelleyanum

Sierra Rein-orchid/Platanthera leucostachys

Arrow-leaf Groundsel/Senecio triangularis

Ranger’s Buttons/Sphenosciadum capitellum


Slender Cinquefoil/Potentilla gracilis

Fireweed/Chamerion angustifolium

Rosy Everlasting/Antennaria corymbosa

Monkshood/Aconitum columbianum

Spreading Dogbane/Apocynum androsaemfolium

Bridge’s Penstemon/Penstemon rostriflorus

Naked Buckwheat/Eriogonum nudum

Sticky Cinquefoil/Drymocallis glandulosa

Creek Monkeyflower/Mimulus tilingii

Labrador Tea/Rhododendron columbianum

Green Rein-Orchid or Green Canyon Orchid/Planthera sparsiflora

Single-Stemmed Butterweed/Senecio integettimus

Swamp Onion/Allium validum

Mt. Pennyroyal/Monardella odoratissima

Brook Saxifrage/Saxifraga odontoloma

Creek Dogwood/Cornus sericea

Ivesia sp.

Whorled Penstemon/ Penstemon heterodoxa

Western Columbine/ Aquilegia formosa

Sierra Columbine/ Aquilegia pubescens

Also a Hybrid Columbine of above species

Shooting Star/ Primula sp.

Meadow Rue/ Thalictrum sp.


  1. Thanks for the report Sandy – as usual, I can”t wait to follow in your footprints! Maybe next week — how’s the air quality with the big fire near the Mariposa, Hwy 140, Hwy 132, and Hwy 49 areas?

    Is Ebbett’s Pass open? CalTrans doesn’t say it is, though they don’t say it isn’t.


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