Desert Wildflower Report-3-16-2017, Sand to Snow National Monument (Whitewater)

Whitewater Preserve, now part of Sand to Snow National Monument was much cooler than Anza Borrego, and the plants were just getting started in this area. We found Douglas' Milkvetch, Sticky Monkeyflower, Texas Paintbrush, Deerweed, Narrow Leaved Willow, Sugar Bush and Silver Bird's Foot Trefoil. Most of these species are associated with chaparral rather than desert, but do occur in desert margins.

Douglas' Milkvetch in the Sand to Snow Nat'l. Monument Wild Canterbury Bells near Whitewater River Texas Paintbrush at Sand to Snow National Monument Silver Birdsfoot Trefoil at Whitewater Preserve Sugar Bush in the Sand to Snow National Monument Mule Fat growing along the Whitewater River Narrow Leaved Willow along the Whitewater River Erect Goldenaster in the Sand to Snow National Monument Sticky Monkeyflower on embankment of Whitewater River

Species observed at Whitewater were:

  • Wild Canterbury Bells
  • Palm Springs Cryptantha
  • Narrow Leaved Willow
  • Mule Fat
  • Chia
  • Whispering Bells
  • Silver Bird's Foot Trefoil
  • Douglas' Milkvetch
  • Sticky Monkeyflower
  • Texas Paintbrush
  • Deerweed
  • Erect Goldenaster