California desert wildflowers


Just got back from a visit to the annual Ridgecrest Wildflower Festival in the High Desert of California.  Because winter (what winter, we might ask) was very warm and dry, the theory was that there would be very few wildflowers this year.  Well……..there was a storm during the first week in March with a few inches of rain and………….there were WILDFLOWERS !!!

 

Desert Dandelion / Malacothrix glabrataThis is the Desert Dandelion / Malacothrix gladbrata…………..a flower seen sporadically in the high desert this time of year.  But this year, the desert was carpeted with them!  So sad that my photos of this plant weren’t as wonderful as they should be, but they were everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creasote Bush / Larrea tridentate is everywhere in the Mojave Desert.  This week it was in bloom……………here’s an up close photo of Creasote……………..quite lovely in flower.Creasote Bush / Larrea tridentata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desert Calico / Loeseliastrum matthewsii

 

Desert Calico / Loeseliastrum Matthewsii is a tiny ground hugging plant with a splash of pink across swatches of the desert floor this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacred Datura was awesome:

Datura / Sacred Datura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

………………….a very tiny California Poppy……………….Tiny California Poppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s a group of unidentified little flowers that add beauty to the desert floor……like all the rest, beautiful and brief………………Mixed many wildflowers