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Nevada Wildflowers

Prince's Plume - Palisade Mesa, with Lunar Crater in the background. © Kurt Kuznicki

Prince’s Plume – Palisade Mesa, with Lunar Crater in the background. © Kurt Kuznicki

As many know, Nevada has seen an abundantly wet winter this year, so it was a no-brainer to include a look at the bumper crop of beauty that can be found in our normally arid climate.

While a desert state might not be the first place you’d think of when you go looking for flowers, Nevada is home to more than 100 types of wildflowers according to uswildflowers.com. While it’s an unofficial count, it doesn’t take more than a walk around the state during our spring and early summer months to know it can’t be far off.

From top to bottom and side to side, the hills and valleys of Nevada are alive with the sights of color. We’ve included a reference map for where each photo was taken at the end of the story; just match the numbered flower to the map, and you’ll be able to find out what’s blooming where.

Salvia, Carson City. © Lauren Arends

Salvia – Carson City. © Lauren Arends


Spiny (Desert) Senna - Nelson's Landing, Clark County. © Anders Sorensen

Spiny (Desert) Senna – Nelson’s Landing, Clark County. © Anders Sorensen


Penstemon - Mt. Rose. © Dotty Molt

Penstemon – Mt. Rose. © Dotty Molt


Scarlet Gilia - Mt. Rose. © Michael Horsley

Scarlet Gilia – Mt. Rose. © Michael Horsley


Bluebells - Mt. Charleston. © Kent LeFevre

Bluebells – Mt. Charleston. © Kent LeFevre


Daisies - Valley of Fire. © Dotty Molt

Daisies – Valley of Fire. © Dotty Molt


Balsamroot - Success Summit, White Pine County. © Lori Drew

Balsamroot – Success Summit, White Pine County. © Lori Drew


Llama packer and Spur Lupine - Jarbidge Wilderness. © Scott T. Smith

Llama packer and Spur Lupine – Jarbidge Wilderness. © Scott T. Smith


Indian Paintbrush with Dwarf Phlox - Ely. © Kent LeFevre

Indian Paintbrush with Dwarf Phlox – Ely. © Kent LeFevre


Poppies - Glenbrook. © Leslie Mays

Poppies – Glenbrook. © Leslie Mays


Lupine and Balsamroot - Warm Springs mountain north of Reno. © Mark Vollmer

Lupine and Balsamroot – Warm Springs mountain north of Reno. © Mark Vollmer


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Waterfall and wildflowers - below Greys Peak, above Angel Lake, East Humboldt Range. © Scott T. Smith

Waterfall and wildflowers – below Greys Peak, above Angel Lake, East Humboldt Range. © Scott T. Smith


Wildflowers - Beatty. © Larry Burton

Wildflowers – Beatty. © Larry Burton


Mother Nature offers no guarantees, and each month—and year—holds the promise of a different bloom. Heck, even without flowers, wandering the hills and valleys of Nevada is always a good idea.

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