Desert Wildflower Report-3-17-2017, Pipes Canyon

It was still relatively early for flowers in the high desert at 4,500 ft, though some plants were just beginning to bloom. Fremont Phacelia is always an early arrival as are Baby Blue Eyes and the tender Gilia genus. Two rare plants, Pinyon Rockcress and San Bernardino Milkvetch were both in flower. In 2 or 3 weeks this area will have many more blossoms.

The following plants were found in bud or bloom in Pipes Canyon near Yucca Valley.

Fremont Phacelia in Pioneertown, CA Baby Blue Eyes in Pipes Canyon Pinyon Rockcress on the desert slopes of the San Bernardino Mtns. Puff Caylx Gilia in Pipes Canyon San Bernardino Milkvetch on the desert slopes of the San Bernardino Mtns.

  • San Bernardino Milkvetch (rare)
  • Pinyon Rockcress (rare)
  • Baby Blue Eyes
  • White Stemmed Blazing Star
  • Long Stemmed Buckwheat
  • Puff Calyx Gilia
  • Fremont Phacelia
  • Desert Paintbrush