Nevada Wildflowers

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 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.

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.


Salvia – Carson City


Spiny (Desert) Senna – Nelson’s Landing, Clark County


Penstemon – Mt. Rose


Scarlet Gilia – Mt. Rose


Bluebells – Mt. Charleston


Daisies – Valley of Fire


Balsamroot – Success Summit, White Pine County


Llama packer and Spur Lupine – Jarbidge Wilderness


Indian Paintbrush with Dwarf Phlox – Ely


Poppies – Glenbrook


Lupine and Balsamroot – Warm Springs mountain north of Reno
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