Lewisia rediviva - bitteroot – Photo by Anne Halford
Aster scopulorum – lava aster
Photo by Anne Halford
Asclepias cryptoceras - pallid milkweed
Photo by Anne Halford
Photo by Gary A. Monroe
OTHER WILDFLOWERS TO SEE:
Larkspur (Delphinim andersonii) – Tall stemmed dark purple flower with a little spur. (*)
Applegate’s paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei) – Red flower with resinous, wavy leaves. (*)
Balsam-Root (Balsamorhiza hirsute) – Bright yellow daisy-like flower on medium long stems with wavy leaves. (*)
Anderson’s lupine (Lupinus andersonii)- White-flowered lupine with long stems. (*)
Silver lupine (Lupinus argenteus) – Common blue-flowered lupine. (*)
Cushion phlox (Phlox condensata) – Light pink flowered, cushion-like plant. (*)
Mariposa lily (Calochortus bruneaunis) – Creamy white lily on slender green stem. (*)
Dugaldia (Dugaldia hoopesii) – Large yellow daisy flower on stout, fleshy, stems. (~)
Hawksbeard (Crepis intermedia) – Medium sized yellow daisy with basal and stem leaves entire to wavy in shape. (*)
Showy penstemon (Penstemon specious) – Sky blue, long throated flower with white inside and smooth, clasping leaves. (*)
* Upland site – Dry/Rocky
~ Wet spring/meadow site
*~ (Moist rocky faces)
General Wildflower viewing information for the Eastern Sierra
Peak blooming periods for wildflowers in the Eastern Sierra and surrounding Deserts.
The Volcanic tablelands (PDF 120KB) can radiate swathes of yellow and fuschia from the venus blazing star and purple mat. Learn more about the many recreation opportunities and the cultural significance of the area. The Alabama Hills (PDF 120KB) are host to fragrant fields of evening snow interspersed by scarlet locoweed and golden linanthus. Learn more about the history of the Alabama Hills.
Along the drainages and in recently burned areas entire hillsides can be covered in blue swathes of the Inyo bush lupine which has a distinctive grape soda smell. The spring bloom can extend on a good year, from early April through the beginning of June at the lower elevations, and then start again at the 7,000 ft. level in the sagebrush communities of Mono County, where the alkali shooting star, and rare alkali Ivesia begin to bloom in early to mid June. See listing of wildflowers in the Bodie Hills area, north of Mono Lake (PDF 128KB).
For more information on where to see wildflowers and what's blooming, contact the BLM Bishop Field Office botanist at (760) 872-5022.