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Rock Daisy
March 30, 2014

      Rock daisy is one of the most dependable bloomers that grow in the desert in and around the Death Valley area below an elevation of 5000 feet. Most often growing at the base of rocks by the side of a wash, even during dry years plants are likely to yield attractive flowers. Producing white ray flowers around a dense cluster of yellow disk flowers, rock daisy in many ways epitomizes the prototypical daisy plant. Although highly variable, rock daisy typically grows to a height of no more than eighteen inches.
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Silver Cholla
March 09, 2014

      There are a number of different species of cholla that are native to the Death Valley area, but the species that you are most likely to encounter at higher altitudes in the Death Valley area is Silver Cholla. In fact, the specimen shown here was photographed in Pleasant Canyon at and elevation of 6600 feet. Despite the attractive appearance of the flowers produced by Silver Cholla, it is said that they produce a rather unpleasant odor reminiscent of rancid butter!
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Sky Pilot
February 16, 2014

      Quite common at higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada range, Sky Pilot also grows on the east side of Owens Valley in the White Mountains. In fact, the specimen displayed here was photographed along the road up White Mountain Peak somewhere around fourteen thousand feet in elevation. The leaves of Sky Pilot are said to resemble a fuzzy caterpillar and the bluish, funnel-shaped flowers form in spherical clusters. The musky odor produced by the leaves of this plant have earned it the nickname of Skunky Polemonium. (Click here for more info!)

Yellow Eyes
January 19, 2014

      This exceptionally attractive member of the Pea Family tends to form dense colonies and is generally found growing in sandy washes between 2600 and 7500 feet in elevation. Like most lupines it produces clusters of pea type flowers complete with the characteristic banners, keel, and wings. What is particularly interesting about this species of lupine is the yellow spot at the center of the flower, which apparently inspired the common name given to this interesting flower. This plant is particularly prevalent in the Darwin area.
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Evening Primrose
January 05, 2014

      If you hike the Telescope Peak trail during the right time of year, you are likely to encounter at least two species of Evening Primrose with large white flowers growing alongside the trail: Tufted Evening Primrose (Oenothera caespitosa marginata) and California Evening Primrose (Oenothera californica avita). Both bloom during late spring and through mid-summer and they are quite similar in appearance. Click the following links to compare and contrast these two species of evening primrose.
Tufted Evening Primose
California Evening Primrose
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