Spring Season in Zion: Wildflower Stroll and Identification, Main Canyon,


What a difference 10 days make. Beautiful temperate weather here in Zion, and the flowers are out in the Main Zions Canyon. Not exactly a superbloom, but better than the last Flowerwalk for sure.  Cassy Brown joined me and we followed the same route, more or less, as 10 days prior - hitting the Emerald Pools are first, then over to Weeping Rock to check on the hidden riparian area, and get some better shots with the better light of a bright spring day. By Emerald Pools, in addition to what was found last time:

1. Western Wallflower (Mustard family, Erysimum capitatum) - abundant in Zion and elsewhere in Zion, one of the cheery bright yellow flowers of spring.

2. Desert Phlox (Phlox family, Phlox austromontana) - abundant in Zion at all altitudes, blooming down low at this time of year.

3. Utah Penstemon (Figwort family, Penstemon utahensis) - I've been seeing a lot of this in Zion, down low, this year. Early blooming. Also saw some P. eatonii getting ready to bloom.

4. Slickrock Paintbrush (Figwort family, Castilleja scabrida) - abundant in Zion, though the red color makes it hard for people like me, with mild red-green colorblindness, to notice.

5. Cryptantha (Borage family, Cryptantha ...) - also out and blooming, abundant. Not sure the exact species showing on the closeup, but the other shot is probably "Yellow".

6. Trefoil or Deerclover (Legume family, Lotus plebeius) - a bit less common than some of these others, certainly plenty around.

Off in the riparian area:

7. Zion Shooting Star (Primrose family, Dodecatheon pulchellum) - part of the lovely mix at many of Zion's hanging gardens, it blooms early and not for very long, so I have not gotten good photos before. The large leaves give the plant away, even when not in bloom, but what a wonderful flower it is!!

8. Miners Lettuce (Purslane family, Montia perfoliata) - here's a plant picture to complement the flower picture from last stroll.

9. Lanceleaf Springbeauty (Purslane family, Claytonia lanceolata) - a nice little flower, fairly common in Zion though being so small, inconspicuous.

And a good time was had by all.

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