Red Rock Canyon’s spring wildflower season occurs from early March to late May, with April being the typical time for peak blooms. We’ll update this post weekly throughout the spring to share what Naturalists are seeing and where they can be found. Please keep in mind that you should take only photos of plants in Red Rock Canyon, leaving the flowers and plants for others to enjoy.

Week of March 17, 2019

Red Rock Canyon is certainly greening up! Wildflowers are still slow in the area, especially compared to the blooms in southern California. Look for more “belly flowers.” Highlights include:

  • Fremont phacelia (Phacelia fremontii) is blooming well within the Willow Spring/Lost Creek area
  • Desert paintbrush (Castilleja angustifolia) has been found in isolated spots along the Willow Spring/Lost Creek area
  • Freckled milkvetch (Astragalus lentiginosus) was found with blooms along Pine Creek Canyon

Week of March 10, 2019 

We are seeing a lot of plant growth but not much in bloom yet. Look for “belly flowers” and some shrubs/trees with flowers. Highlights include:

  • Filaree (Erodium cicutarium) can be found around the Visitor Center and throughout most of the Scenic Drive
  • Coyote willow (Salix exigua) has flower catkins appearing along springs such as Lost Creek, Pine Creek, and First Creek.
  • Parry’s Lomatium (Lomatium parryi) and Nevada Lomatium (Lomatium nevadense) can be found in bloom throughout the area.
  • Desert rockcress (Boechera pulchra) was found in bloom by the Willow Spring Picnic Area.

Week of March 3, 2019

  • Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) flower buds are appearing all over SR-159 and the Scenic Drive.
  • Wild rhubarb (Rumex hymenosepalus) can be found in sandy areas like Calico Basin, Oak Creek, First Creek, and Pine Creek.
  • Silk tassel (Garrya flavescens) flowers can be found in bloom at Sandstone Quarry, Willow Spring, Pine Creek, and other canyons.
  • Pointleaf manzanita (Arctostaphylos pungens) flowers can be found at Willow Spring, Pine Creek, Oak Creek, and other canyons.

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