U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 324
Desert lilies in bloom
The beautiful desert lily is blooming now in the California Desert near Desert Center in Riverside County. The photo above was taken recently along Interstate 10 near the Desert Lily Sanctuary.
BLM administers the popular Desert Lily Sanctuary, officially designated by Congress in 1994 as part of the California Desert Protection Act (see description below) which reinforced BLM’s administrative protection of the area dating back to 1968. The Sanctuary is located on State Highway 177, just 7 miles northeast of Desert Center.
The desert lily is usually found in dry, sandy flats below 2,000 feet. The plant's bulb lies dormant, sometimes for many years, waiting for the perfect blooming conditions. The plants can reach several feet tall with blossoms about two inches long. The best time to visit the Desert Lily Sanctuary is February through April.
California Desert Protection Act
Pub. L. 103–433, title I, § 107, Oct. 31, 1994, 108 Stat. 4483, provided that:
|Last updated: 03-26-2008|