Wildflower ID

Have you seen a wildflower that you can't identify? One of the first ways to identify desert flowers is to look at the color. It is important to know that some plants often have varying flower colors, and others more rarely so color is not the only factor.

Take a look at the leaf shapes. Are they smooth or hairy? Do they have a rounded shape or are they long and narrow? How many petals do the flowers have? Look inside the corolla of the flower to see the reproductive parts. The most common arrangement is that the male parts (stamens) surround the female (pistil). How many stamens are there? Is the style of the pistil divided into 2, 3 or 4 parts? Or is it completely different? Is the plant mature enough to have fruit? Is the fruit flat, round, have spikes or is it a bean or a pod?

Plants are miraculously complex. Close scrutiny reveals a high degree of variance and invites further investigation. The more I learn the more interesting it is and field trips become treasure hunts for new and different things.

There are 355 species on this page.
Transmontane Sand Verbena
Abronia turbinata
Transmontane Sand Verbena wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 3,000 - 10,000 ft.

Desert Sand Verbena
Abronia villosa
Desert Sand Verbena wildflower in the Anza Borrego desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -150 - 5500 ft

Rayless Goldenhead
Acamptopappus sphaerocephalus
Rayless Goldenhead wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: <4,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-3 ft.

Frost Mat
Achyronychia cooperi
Frost Mat wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <3,000 ft.

Deerweed
Acmispon glaber
Deerweed wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range:

Desert Rock Pea
Acmispon rigidus
Desert Rock Pea wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-4 ft.

Strigose Lotus
Acmispon strigosus
Strigose Lotus wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <7,500 ft.

Cooper's Dyssodia
Adenophyllum cooperi
Cooper's Dyssodia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 2,000 - 5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 2 ft.

Desert Agave
Agave deserti
Desert Agave plant in the Anza Borrego desert

Lifeform: Stem succulent

Elevation range: <5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 8-15 ft.

Broadleaf Gilia
Aliciella latifolia
Broadleaf Gilia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <2,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-12 in.

Iodine Bush
Allenrolfea occidentalis
Iodine Bush plant in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: -250 - 4,500 ft

Height/Stem Length: 6-24 in.

Trailing Windmills
Allionia incarnata var. villosa
Trailing Windmills wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <4,500 ft.

Toothed Wild Onion
Allium denticulatum
Toothed Wild Onion wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 3085 to 5315 ft

Fringed Onion
Allium fimbriatum var. fimbriatum
Fringed Onion wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 3,000 - 5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2 - 7 in.

Mojave Fringed Onion
Allium fimbriatum var. mohavense
Mojave Fringed Onion wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 2460 to 4330 ft

Fringed Amaranth
Amaranthus fimbriatus
Fringed Amaranth wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 400-5,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 3 ft.

Annual Burweed
Ambrosia acanthicarpa
Annual Bursage in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 100 - 8,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 5 - 30 in.

Burrobush
Ambrosia dumosa
Burrobush shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: -190 to 6,200 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 3 ft.

Woolly Bursage
Ambrosia eriocentra
Woolly Bursage in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 1,200 - 6,000 ft

Cheesebush
Ambrosia salsola
Cheesebush shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range:

Height/Stem Length: 2-4 ft.

Checker Fiddleneck
Amsinckia tessellata
Checker Fiddleneck wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 8-24 in.

Amsonia
Amsonia tomentosa
Amsonia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 1,000 - 4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6 - 16 in.

Scale Bud
Anisocoma acaulis
Scale Bud wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 2,000-7,800 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-8 in.

Twining Snapdragon
Antirrhinum filipes
Twining Snapdragon wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 5,000 ft.

Valley Ringstem
Anulocaulis annulatus
Valley Ringstem wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 200 - 3,800 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 7-10 in.

Bigberry Manzanita
Arcostaphylos glauca
Bigberry Manzanita shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub, Tree

Elevation range: 150 - 7,000 ft

Height/Stem Length: < 18 ft.

Mojave Prickly Poppy
Argemone corymbosa
Mojave Prickly Poppy wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <3,500

Height/Stem Length: 16-32

Prickly Poppy
Argemone munita
Prickly Poppy wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual, Perennial

Elevation range: 300 - 6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: <3 ft.

Desert Milkweed
Asclepias erosa
Desert Milkweed wildflower in the Joshua Tree desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 500 - 6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 18 - 30 in.

Rush Milkweed
Asclepias subulata
Rush Milkweed plant in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <2,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2 - 5 ft.

San Bernardino Milkvetch
Astragalus bernardinus
San Bernardino Milkvetch wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 2,700 - 7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 12 in.

Scarlet Milkvetch
Astragalus coccineus
Scarlet Milkvetch wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 2,000-7,000 ft.

Salton Milkvetch
Astragalus crotalariae
Salton Milkvetch wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -150-800 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6-24 in.

Douglas Milkvetch
Astragalus douglasii
Douglas Milkvetch wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: < 8,400 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 24 in.

Layne's Milkvetch
Astragalus layneae
Layne's Milkvetch in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 7 in.

Freckled Milkvetch
Astragalus lentiginosus
Freckled Milkvetch wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual, Perennial

Elevation range: 165 - 12,000 ft

Height/Stem Length: 4-16 in.

Borrego Milkvetch
Astragalus lentiginosus var. borreganus
Borrego Milkvetch wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 165 to 6,500 ft.

Palmer's Milkvetch
Astragalus palmeri
Palmer's Milkvetch wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 590 to 5740 ft

Gravel Ghost
Atrichoseris platyphylla
Gravel Ghost wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <4,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-5 ft.

Fourwing Saltbush
Atriplex canescens
Fourwing Saltbush plant in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 3,000 - 8,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 10 ft.

Desert Holly
Atriplex hymenelytra
Desert Holly shrub in the Death Valley desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: -250 - 5,000 ft

Height/Stem Length: 8-48 in.

Mule Fat
Baccharis salicifolia
Mule Fat shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: <5,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6 - 12 ft.

Desert Baccharis
Baccharis sergiloides
Desert Baccharis shrub in the Mojave

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 250 - 6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 6 ft.

Parish's Viguiera
Bahiopsis parishii
Parish's Viguiera wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 350 - 6,300 ft

Height/Stem Length: < 2 ft.

Net Veined Viguiera
Bahiopsis reticulata
Net Veined Viguiera wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 985 to 6725 ft

Desert Marigold
Baileya multiradiata var. multiradiata
Desert Marigold wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 100-5,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 8-20 in.

Laxflower
Baileya pauciradiata
Laxflower wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <3,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 20 in.

Sweetbush
Bebbia juncea
Sweetbush wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: -100 - 5,350 ft

Height/Stem Length: 2-5 ft.

Perennial Rockcress
Boechera perennans
Perennial Rockcress wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 1,500 - 6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 24 in.

Beautiful Rockcress
Boechera pulchra
Beautiful Rockcress wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 1,500 - 8,000 ft.

Slender Spiderling
Boerhavia triquetra
Slender Spiderling in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 350-5,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6 - 24 in.

Desert Star Vine
Brandegea bigelovii
Desert Star Vine wildflower in the Joshua Tree desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <3,775 ft.

Saharan Mustard
Brassica tournefortii
Sahara Mustard in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range:

Height/Stem Length: 6-40 in.

California Brickellbush
Brickellia californica
California Brickellbush shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 0 to 8,500 ft

Elephant Tree
Bursera microphylla
Elephant Tree in the desert

Lifeform: Tree

Elevation range: 230 - 2725 ft

Height/Stem Length: 5-33 ft.

Red Maids
Calandrinia ciliata
Red Maids wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-16 in.

Desert Mariposa Lily
Calochortus kennedyi var. kennedyi
Desert Mariposa Lily wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 2,000-6,500

Height/Stem Length: 4-8 in.

Yellow Tackstem
Calycoseris parryi
Yellow Tackstem wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2 - 6 in.

Pussy Paws
Calyptridium monandrum
Pussy Paws wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-7 in.

Mojave Sun Cup
Camissonia campestris
Mojave Sun Cup wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 8,200 ft

California Sun Cup
Camissoniopsis bistorta
California Sun Cup wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 31 in.

Pale Sun Cup
Camissoniopsis pallida
Pale Sun Cup wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 250 - 7,800 ft

Height/Stem Length: < 12 in.

Saguaro Cactus
Carnegiea gigantea
Saguaro Cactus in the desert

Lifeform: Stem succulent

Elevation range: 600 to 6500 ft

Height/Stem Length: 40-60 ft.

Desert Paintbrush
Castilleja chromosa
Desert Paintbrush wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 2,000-9,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6-18 in.

Purple Owl's Clover
Castilleja exserta ssp. venusta
Purple Owl's Clover wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 2,000 - 3,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 18 in.

Texas Paintbrush
Castilleja foliolosa
Texas Paintbrush wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <8,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: <14 in.

Desert Candle
Caulanthus inflatus
Desert Candle wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <4,800 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 8 - 24 in.

California Mustard
Caulanthus lasiophyllus
California Mustard wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 500 - 5,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2 - 4 ft.

Cupped Leaf Ceanothus
Ceanothus perplexans
Cupped Leaf Ceanothus shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 1400 to 7500 ft

Pebble Pincushion
Chaenactis carphoclinia
Pebble Pincushion wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 2 ft.

Fremont Pincushion
Chaenactis fremontii
Fremont Pincushion wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-12 in.

Desert Pincushion
Chaenactis stevioides
Desert Pincushion wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 7,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 18 in.

Rose Heath
Chaetopappa ericoides
Rose Heath wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 3,000 - 9,000 ft.

California Goosefoot
Chenopodium californicum
California Goosefoot plant in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: < 6,600 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 3.5 ft.

Desert Willow
Chilopsis linearis
Desert Willow tree in the Mojave

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: <5,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6-18 ft.

Brittle Spineflower
Chorizanthe brevicornu
Brittle Spineflower plant in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 7,000 ft.

Rigid Spiny Herb
Chorizanthe rigida
Rigid Spiny Herb plant in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 6 in.

Yellow Cups
Chylismia brevipes
Yellow Cups wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -200-6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-2 ft.

Pale Yellow Cups
Chylismia brevipes ssp. pallidula
Pale Yellow Cups wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual, Perennial

Elevation range: 590 to 3775 ft

Heart Leaved Primrose
Chylismia cardiophylla
Heart Leaved Primrose wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual, Perennial

Elevation range: 30 - 3,600 ft.

Height/Stem Length: <3 ft.

Clavate Fruited Primrose
Chylismia claviformis
Clavate Fruited Primrose wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -200 - 9500 ft

Height/Stem Length: 4-24 in.

Pinnate Leaved Primrose
Chylismia claviformis ssp. aurantiaca
Pinnate Leaved Primrose wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual, Perennial

Elevation range: -150 - 5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 3 ft.

Peirson's Browneyes
Chylismia claviformis ssp. peirsonii
Peirson's Browneyes wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual, Perennial

Elevation range: -150 - 3,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: <3 ft.

Mojave Thistle
Cirsium mohavense
Mojave Thistle wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 1,400 - 7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: <8 ft.

Desert Thistle
Cirsium neomexicanum
Desert Thistle wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 1,500 - 6,500 ft.

Desert Cistanthe
Cistanthe ambigua
Desert Cistanthe wildflower in the Sonoran desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -85 to 2,000 ft

Streambank Springbeauty
Claytonia parviflora ssp. utahensis
Streambank Springbeauty in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 1,800 - 6,500 ft

Height/Stem Length: < 12 in.

Hill Clematis
Clematis pauciflora
Hill Clematis wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 45 to 4365 ft

Mojave Cleomella
Cleomella obtusifolia
Mojave Cleomella wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 3 - 6 in.

Blackbrush
Coleogyne ramosissima
Blackbrush shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 2,500 - 8,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 6 ft.

Desert Lavender
Condea emoryi
Desert Lavender shrub in the Mojave

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range:

Height/Stem Length: 3 - 9 ft.

Field Bindweed
Convolvulus arvensis
Field Bindweed plant in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial, Vine

Elevation range: 0 to 8430 ft

Foxtail Cactus
Coryphantha alversonii
Foxtail Cactus plant in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial, Stem succulent

Elevation range: 300 - 4,500 ft.

California Croton
Croton californicus
California Croton plant in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: -100 to 5,000 ft

Narrow Leaved Cryptantha
Cryptantha angustifolia
Narrow Leaved Cryptantha wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -150 - 4,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: <18 in.

Bearded Cryptantha
Cryptantha barbigera
Bearded Cryptantha in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 50 - 7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 12 in.

Palm Springs Cryptantha
Cryptantha barbigera var. fergusoniae
Palm Springs Cryptantha wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 35 to 5380 ft

Cushion Cryptantha
Cryptantha circumcissa
Cushion Cryptantha wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 800 - 11,500 ft.

Ribbed Cryptantha
Cryptantha costata
Ribbed Cryptantha wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -120 - 5,000 ft.

Purple Root Cryptantha
Cryptantha micrantha
Purple Root Cryptantha wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 600 - 7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 4 in.

Mountain Red Root Cryptantha
Cryptantha micrantha var. lepida
Mountain Red Root Cryptantha wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 950 to 9285 ft

Wingnut Cryptantha
Cryptantha pterocarya
Wingnut Cryptantha wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 7,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 15 in.

Scented Cryptantha
Cryptantha utahensis
Scented Cryptantha wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 12 in.

Coyote Melon
Cucurbita palmata
Coyote Melon plant in the desert

Lifeform:

Elevation range:

Height/Stem Length: 1-4 ft.

California Dodder
Cuscuta californica
California Dodder plant in the desert

Lifeform: Vine

Elevation range:

Buckhorn Cholla
Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa
Buckhorn Cholla plant in the desert

Lifeform: Stem succulent

Elevation range: 2,000-4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 3-6 ft.

Teddybear Cholla
Cylindropuntia bigelovii
Teddybear Cholla plant in the desert

Lifeform: Stem succulent

Elevation range: 850 to 4,000 ft

Height/Stem Length: 3-8 ft.

Silver Cholla
Cylindropuntia echinocarpa
Silver Cholla plant in the desert

Lifeform: Stem succulent

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-4 ft.

Chainfruit Cholla
Cylindropuntia fulgida
Chainfruit Cholla in the desert

Lifeform: Stem succulent

Elevation range: 1,000-4,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-12 ft.

Gander's Buckhorn Cholla
Cylindropuntia ganderi
Gander's Buckhorn Cholla plant in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial, Stem succulent

Elevation range: 1,000 - 6,000 ft.

Pencil Cholla
Cylindropuntia ramosissima
Pencil Cholla plant in the desert

Lifeform: Stem succulent

Elevation range: <4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-6 ft.

Hairy Prairie Clover
Dalea mollis
Hairy Prairie Clover in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <3,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-12 in.

Downy Dalea
Dalea mollissima
Downy Dalea wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: -150 to 6,000 ft

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 12 in.

Fluffgrass
Dasyochloa pulchella
Fluffgrass in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 165 to 7,350 ft

Desert Thorn Apple
Datura discolor
Desert Thorn Apple wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -30 - 3,000 ft.

Jimsonweed
Datura wrightii
Jimsonweed wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: < 5,700 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-5 ft.

Parish's Larkspur
Delphinium parishii
Parish's Larkspur wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 600 - 9,000 ft

Height/Stem Length: 1-2 ft.

Western Tansy Mustard
Descurainia pinnata
Western Tansy Mustard wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 7,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 20 in.

Wild Hyacinth
Dichelostemma capitatum var. pauciflorum
Wild Hyacinth wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <8,170 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-16 in.

Lance Leaved Ditaxis
Ditaxis lanceolata
Lance Leaved Ditaxis plant in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 35 to 2755 ft

Common Ditaxis
Ditaxis neomexicana
Common Ditaxis plant in the desert

Lifeform: Annual, Perennial

Elevation range: 65 to 3,400 ft

Saw Toothed Ditaxis
Ditaxis serrata
Saw Toothed Ditaxis plant in the desert

Lifeform: Annual, Perennial

Elevation range: 130 to 4100 ft

Spectacle Pod
Dithyrea californica
Spectacle Pod in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -150 - 6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-30 in.

Panamint Live Forever
Dudleya saxosa ssp. aloides
Panamint Live Forever wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 1,000-7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-8 in.

Cotton top Cactus
Echinocactus polycephalus
Cotton top Cactus plant in the desert

Lifeform: Stem succulent

Elevation range: 2,000-5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-2 ft.

Engelmann's Hedgehog Cactus
Echinocereus engelmannii
Engelmann's Hedgehog Cactus plant in the desert

Lifeform: Stem succulent

Elevation range: 900 - 7,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 8-12 in.

Claret Cup Cactus
Echinocereus mojavensis
Claret Cup Cactus plant in the desert

Lifeform: Stem succulent

Elevation range:

Whispering Bells
Emmenanthe penduliflora
Whispering Bells wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 6,600 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 34 in.

Acton Encelia
Encelia actoni
Acton Encelia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: <5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 4 ft.

Brittlebush
Encelia farinosa
Brittlebush shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: <3,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-5 ft.

Button Brittlebush
Encelia frutescens
Button Brittlebush shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: <4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 3-5 ft.

California Fuchsia
Epilobium canum
California Fuchsia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform:

Elevation range: 2,500-7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-24 in.

White Mallow
Eremalche exilis
White Mallow wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 5,750 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 16 in.

Desert Five Spot
Eremalche rotundifolia
Desert Five Spot wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -50 - 4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 3-24 in.

Mojave Sandwort
Eremogone macradenia
Mojave Sandwort wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 3,300 - 6,600 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 8 - 16 in.

Booth's Sun Cup
Eremothera boothii
Booth's Sun Cup wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -120 - 8.725 ft

Woody Bottle Washer
Eremothera boothii ssp. condensata
Woody Bottle Washer in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -100 - 4,000 ft.

Booth's Desert Primrose
Eremothera boothii ssp. desertorum
Booth's Desert Primrose wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 1,500 - 6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-14 in.

Narrow Leaved Primrose
Eremothera refracta
Narrow Leaved Primrose wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 10 in.

Giant Eriastrum
Eriastrum densifolium
Giant Eriastrum wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 35 to 9645 ft

Desert Woollystar
Eriastrum eremicum
Desert Woollystar wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 350 - 8,500 ft

Height/Stem Length: 2 - 12 in.

Cooper's Goldenbush
Ericameria cooperi
Cooper's Goldenbush shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 1,000-7,000 ft

Cliff Goldenbush
Ericameria cuneata var. spathulata
Cliff Goldenbush shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 2,600-6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-20 in.

Linear Leaved Goldenbush
Ericameria linearifolia
Linear Leaved Goldenbush in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 100 - 9,400 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-5 ft.

Mojave Rabbitbrush
Ericameria paniculata
Mojave Rabbitbrush plant in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 500 - 6,300 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2 -5 ft.

Spreading Fleabane
Erigeron divergens
Spreading Fleabane wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial, BIennial

Elevation range: 260 to 8990 ft

Leafy Daisy
Erigeron foliosus var. foliosus
Leafy Daisy wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 25 to 10630 ft

Height/Stem Length: < 4 ft.

Thick Leaved Yerba Santa
Eriodictyon crassifolium
Thick Leaved Yerba Santa shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 60 - 7,000 ft

Hairy Yerba Santa
Eriodictyon trichocalyx var. trichocalyx
Hairy Yerba Santa shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: <8,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 6 ft.

Reveals Buckwheat
Eriogonum contiguum
Reveal's Buckwheat in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 460 to 2920 ft

Height/Stem Length: < 12 in.

California Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum
California Buckwheat plant in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: <7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-3 ft.

California Interior Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium
California Interior Buckwheat in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 50 to 9,200 ft

Rose and White Buckwheat
Eriogonum gracillimum
Rose and White Buckwheat wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 165 to 5380 ft

Desert Trumpet
Eriogonum inflatum var. inflatum
Desert Trumpet wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-60 in.

Spotted Buckwheat
Eriogonum maculatum

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 300 - 7,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2 - 16 in.

Cushenbury Buckwheat
Eriogonum ovalifolium var. vineum
Cushenbury Buckwheat wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 4500 - 9900 ft

Yellow Turbans
Eriogonum pusillum
Yellow Turbans wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 900 - 8,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2 - 12 in.

Kidney Leaved Buckwheat
Eriogonum reniforme
Kidney Leaved Buckwheat wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 260 to 5380 ft

Little Desert Buckwheat
Eriogonum trichopes
Little Desert Buckwheat in the Mojave

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 0 to 6495 ft

Beautiful Woolly Sunflower
Eriophyllum ambiguum
Beautiful Woolly Sunflower wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 1,000 - 7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 12 in.

Golden Yarrow
Eriophyllum confertiflorum
Golden Yarrow wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: < 8,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 20 in.

White Easter Bonnet
Eriophyllum lanosum
White Easter Bonnet wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <4,400 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-6 in.

Pringle's Woolly Sunflower
Eriophyllum pringlei
Pringle's Woolly Sunflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 1,500 - 8,000 ft

Height/Stem Length: <3.5 in.

Wallace's Woolly Daisy
Eriophyllum wallacei
Wallace's Woolly Daisy wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-3 in.

Red Stemmed Filaree
Erodium cicutarium
Red Stemmed Filaree wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-20 in.

Rocket Salad
Eruca vesicaria
Rocketsalad in the desert

Lifeform: Annual, BIennial

Elevation range: 130 to 3380 ft

Western Wallflower
Erysimum capitatum
Western Wallflower wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 2,500-9,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-4 ft.

Mexican Poppy
Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana
Mexican Poppy wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 1000-4,600 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-16 in.

Mexican Poppies
Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana
Mexican Gold Poppy in the desert

Lifeform: Annual, Perennial

Elevation range: 2,900 - 4,900 ft

Coville's Poppy
Eschscholzia minutiflora
Coville's Poppy wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 8,500 ft

Height/Stem Length: 6-24 in.

Parish's Poppy
Eschscholzia parishii
Parish's Poppy wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 0 - 5,000 ft.

Desert Rock Nettle
Eucnide urens
Desert Rock Nettle wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: -250 to 5,200 ft

Height/Stem Length: 1-2 ft.

Common Eucrypta
Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia
Common Eucrypta wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 5 in.

Rattlesnake Sandmat
Euphorbia albomarginata
Rattlesnake Sandmat in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <7,500 ft.

Sonoran Sandmat
Euphorbia micromera
Sonoran Sandmat wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 3,000 ft.

Smallseed Sandmat
Euphorbia polycarpa
Smallseed Sandmat wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range:

Yuma Sandmat
Euphorbia setiloba
Yuma Sandmat wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 4,500 ft.

Sticky Fagonbush
Fagonia pachyacantha
Sticky Fagonbush wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial, Stem succulent

Elevation range: 55 to 2395 ft

Apache Plume
Fallugia paradoxa
Apache Plume wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 4,000-5,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-5 ft.

Barrel Cactus
Ferocactus cylindraceus
Barrel Cactus plant in the desert

Lifeform: Stem succulent

Elevation range:

Height/Stem Length: 2-9 ft.

Ocotillo
Fouquieria splendens
Ocotillo plant in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <3,600 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 3-30 ft.

Hairy Milkweed
Funastrum hirtellum
Hairy Milkweed in the desert

Lifeform: Vine

Elevation range: 250 - 3,400 ft

Hairy Desert Sunflower
Geraea canescens
Hairy Desert Sunflower wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -120 - 3,700 ft.

Puff Calyx Gilia
Gilia aliquanta
Puff Calyx Gilia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 2,000 - 5,000 ft.

Nevada Gilia
Gilia brecciarum
Nevada Gilia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 3,600 - 7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 16 in.

Clokey's Gilia
Gilia clokeyi
Clokey's Gilia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 1600-4200 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 3 - 8 in.

Broad Flowered Gilia
Gilia latiflora
Broad Flowered Gilia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 750 - 4,500 ft.

Rock Gilia
Gilia scopulorum
Rock Gilia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-12 in.

Cinder Gilia
Gilia sinuata
Cinder Gilia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 500 - 7,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 5 - 14 in.

Star Gilia
Gilia stellata
Star Gilia in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 150 - 6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 16 in.

Spiny Hopsage
Grayia spinosa
Spiny Hopsage shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 1600 - 9200 ft

Height/Stem Length: 1-3 ft.

Heliotrope
Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum
Heliotrope wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 24 in.

Desert Lily
Hesperocallis undulata
Desert Lily wildflower in the Anza Borrego desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <2,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-8 ft.

Rock Hibiscus
Hibiscus denudatus
Rock Hibiscus wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range:

Big Galleta
Hilaria rigida
Big Galleta grass in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 30 to 5480 ft

Height/Stem Length: < 3.5 ft.

Wand Holdback
Hoffmannseggia microphylla
Wand Holdback wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: -55 to 3575 ft

California Juniper
Juniperus californica
California Juniper tree in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 3-18 ft.

Chuparosa
Justicia californica
Chuparosa shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 250 - 3,300 ft

White Rhatany
Krameria bicolor
White Rhatany shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 0 - 5,000 ft.

Pima Rhatany
Krameria erecta
Pima Rhatany shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 3 ft.

Creosote Bush
Larrea tridentata
Creosote Bush shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range:

Height/Stem Length: 2-7 ft.

Needle Goldfields
Lasthenia gracilis
Needle Goldfields wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 1,500 - 4,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 15 in.

White Tidy Tips
Layia glandulosa
White Tidy Tips wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <9,200 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-20 in.

Common Pepperweed
Lepidium densiflorum
Common Pepperweed plant in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 165 to 8,000 ft

Yellow Pepper Grass
Lepidium flavum var. flavum
Yellow Pepper Grass wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <4,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-16 in.

Desert Alyssum
Lepidium fremontii
Desert Alyssum wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 400 - 8,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-4 ft.

Shaggyfruit Pepperweed
Lepidium lasiocarpum
Shaggyfruit Pepperweed plant in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 150 - 8,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 5 - 12 in.

Scale Broom
Lepidospartum squamatum
Scale Broom wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 900 - 8,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 6 ft.

Golden Linanthus
Leptosiphon aureus
Golden Linanthus wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2 - 6 in.

Mojave Linanthus
Leptosiphon breviculus
Mojave Linanthus wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 2,600 - 9,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 10 in.

Bigelow's Tickseed
Leptosyne bigelovii
Bigelow's Tickseed wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-12 in.

California Tickseed
Leptosyne californica
California Tickseed wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 350-4,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 12 in.

Little San Bernardino Mtns Linanthus
Linanthus maculatus
Little San Bernardino Mtns Linanthus wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 700 to 3900 ft

Height/Stem Length: 1 in.

Sand Blossoms
Linanthus parryae
Sand Blossoms wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <3,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 4 in.

Desert Calico
Loeseliastrum matthewsii
Desert Calico wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 425 - 7,545 ft

Height/Stem Length: 1-6 in.

Schott's Calico
Loeseliastrum schottii
Schott's Calico wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 4 in.

Mojave Desert Parsley
Lomatium mohavense
Mojave Desert Parsley wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 2,000-5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-12 in.

Arizona Lupine
Lupinus arizonicus
Arizona Lupine wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <3,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-2 ft.

Bajada Lupine
Lupinus concinnus
Bajada Lupine wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-10 in.

Grape Lupine
Lupinus excubitus var. excubitus
Grape Lupine wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 3,000-7,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-3 ft.

Mojave Royal Lupine
Lupinus odoratus
Mojave Royal Lupine in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 2,000 - 5,675 ft

Height/Stem Length: 6 - 12 in.

Coulter's Lupine
Lupinus sparsiflorus
Coulter's Lupine wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 5,775 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 8 - 16 in.

Anderson's Desert Thorn
Lycium andersonii
Anderson's Desert Thorn plant in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: < 7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 8 ft.

Cooper's Box Thorn
Lycium cooperi
Cooper's Box Thorn shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: <5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 3 - 5 ft.

California Dandelion
Malacothrix californica
California Dandelion wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 65 to 6,200 ft

Desert Dandelion
Malacothrix glabrata
Desert Dandelion wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <7,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-16 in.

Fish Hook Cactus
Mammillaria dioica
Fish Hook Cactus plant in the desert

Lifeform: Stem succulent

Elevation range: 60 - 4,000 ft.

Common Fish hook Cactus
Mammillaria tetrancistra
Common Fish hook Cactus plant in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial, Stem succulent

Elevation range: 200 - 5,000 ft.

Wild Cucumber
Marah macrocarpa
Chilicothe plant in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial, Vine

Elevation range: < 6,000 ft

Yellow Blazing Star
Mentzelia affinis
Yellow Blazing Star wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 30 to 5180 ft

White Stemmed Blazing Star
Mentzelia albicaulis
White Stemmed Blazing Star wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 17 in.

Sand Blazing Star
Mentzelia involucrata
Sand Blazing Star wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-18 in.

Jones Blazing Star
Mentzelia jonesii
Jones Blazing Star wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 1,000 - 5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 16 in.

Reflexed Blazing Star
Mentzelia reflexa
Reflexed Blazing Star wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 2,250 - 5,000 ft.

Veatch's Blazingstar
Mentzelia veatchiana
Veatch's Blazingstar wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 1,000 - 7,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 18 in.

Bigelow's Monkeyflower
Mimulus bigelovii
Bigelow's Monkeyflower wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <7,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-4 in.

Fremont's Monkeyflower
Mimulus fremontii
Fremont's Monkeyflower wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 165 to 7840 ft

Seep Monkeyflower
Mimulus guttatus
Seep Monkeyflower wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual, Perennial

Elevation range: < 7,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 32 in.

Wishbone Bush
Mirabilis laevis
Wishbone Bush wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <7,200 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6-24 in.

Giant Four O'Clock
Mirabilis multiflora var. glandulosa
Giant Four O'Clock wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range:

Golden Desert Snapdragon
Mohavea breviflora
Golden Desert Snapdragon wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <2,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-8 in.

Ghost Flower
Mohavea confertiflora
Ghost Flower wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <4,200 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-16 in.

Nuttall's Poverty Weed
Monolepis nuttalliana
Nuttall's Poverty Weed in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 50 to 11385 ft

Small Desert Star
Monoptilon bellidiforme
Small Desert Star wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 2,000-4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-5 in.

Desert Star
Monoptilon bellioides
Desert Star wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <3,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-6 in.

Coville's Lip Fern
Myriopteris covillei
Coville's Lip Fern plant in the desert

Lifeform: Fern

Elevation range:

Purple Mat
Nama demissum
Purple Mat wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -75 - 9,000 ft

Height/Stem Length: 1-6 in.

Bristly Nama
Nama hispidum
Bristly Nama wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-20 in.

Baby Blue Eyes
Nemophila menziesii
Baby Blue Eyes wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 6,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 12 in.

Hole in the Sand Plant
Nicolletia occidentalis
Hole in the Sand Plant wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range:

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 12 in.

Desert Tobacco
Nicotiana obtusifolia
Desert Tobacco wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 8-36 in.

Parry's Nolina
Nolina parryi
Parry's Nolina plant in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 3,500-6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 3-6 ft.

California Evening Primrose
Oenothera californica ssp. californica
California Evening Primrose wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 1,800-7,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-32 in.

Dune Primrose
Oenothera deltoides
Dune Primrose wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -50 to 6,400 ft

Height/Stem Length: 8-20 in.

Yellow Desert Evening Primrose
Oenothera primiveris ssp. bufonis
Yellow Desert Evening Primrose wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 1,500-5,500 ft.

Leaved Cambess
Oligomeris linifolia
Leaved Cambess plant in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 12 in.

Desert Ironwood
Olneya tesota
Desert Ironwood tree in the Eastern Mojave

Lifeform: Tree

Elevation range: <2,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 15-30 ft.

Beavertail Cactus
Opuntia basilaris
Beavertail Cactus plant in the desert

Lifeform: Stem succulent

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Pancake Cactus
Opuntia chlorotica
Pancake Cactus plant in the desert

Lifeform: Stem succulent

Elevation range: 3,000 - 4,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 4 ft.

Cooper's Broomrape
Orobanche cooperi
Cooper's Broomrape plant in the desert

Lifeform:

Elevation range: <7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-16 in.

Spanish Needles
Palafoxia arida
Spanish Needles wildflower in the desert

Lifeform:

Elevation range: -100 - 2500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6-30 in.

Blue Palo Verde
Parkinsonia florida
Blue Paloverde in the desert

Lifeform: Tree

Elevation range: -160 - 3,280 ft

Height/Stem Length: < 40 ft.

Chinchweed
Pectis papposa
Chinchweed wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 150 to 5,700 ft

Height/Stem Length: < 12 in.

Winged Combseed
Pectocarya penicillata
Winged Combseed in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 20 - 6300 ft

Broadfruit Combseed
Pectocarya platycarpa
Broadfruit Combseed wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 100 to 4600 ft

Curvenut Combseed
Pectocarya recurvata
Curvenut Combseed plant in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 250 to 4,800 ft

Moth Combseed
Pectocarya setosa
Moth Combseed wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 500 - 7,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2 - 8 in.

Birdfoot Fern
Pellaea mucronata
Birdfoot Fern in the desert

Lifeform:

Elevation range: < 9,800 ft.

Scarlet Bugler
Penstemon centranthifolius
Scarlet Bugler wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 35 to 8595 ft

Eaton's Firecracker
Penstemon eatonii
Eaton's Firecracker wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 4,000 - 8725 ft

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 3 ft.

Mojave Beardtongue
Penstemon incertus
Mojave Beardtongue wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 3,000-5,500

Height/Stem Length: 2-4 ft.

Parry's Beardtongue
Penstemon parryi
Parry's Beardtongue wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 1,500-5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-4 ft.

Bladderpod
Peritoma arborea
Bladderpod shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: <4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-5 ft.

Emory's Rock Daisy
Perityle emoryi
Emory's Rock Daisy in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -250 - 5,000 ft

Height/Stem Length: 1-24 in.

Sandpaper Plant
Petalonyx thurberi
Sandpaper Plant plant in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: -155 to 4460 ft

Desert Fir
Peucephyllum schottii
Desert Fir shrub in the Mojave

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: -135 - 5,875 ft

Height/Stem Length: 2-4 ft.

Caltha Leafed Phacelia
Phacelia calthifolia
Caltha Leafed Phacelia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <3,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6-12 in.

Desert Bluebells
Phacelia campanularia ssp. vasiformis
Desert Bluebells wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 200 - 7,500 ft

Height/Stem Length: 6-24 in.

Notch Leaved Phacelia
Phacelia crenulata
Notch Leaved Phacelia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-24 in.

Hiddenflower Phacelia
Phacelia cryptantha
Hiddenflower Phacelia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6 - 20 in.

Common Phacelia
Phacelia distans
Common Phacelia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 7,200 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6-36 in.

Fremont Phacelia
Phacelia fremontii
Fremont Phacelia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <7,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6-20 in.

Thick Leafed Phacelia
Phacelia pachyphylla
Thick Leafed Phacelia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2 - 5 in.

Dune Food
Pholisma arenarium
Dune Food plant in the desert

Lifeform:

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4 - 8 in.

Desert Mistletoe
Phoradendron californicum
Desert Mistletoe plant in the Mojave

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: -150 to 6300 ft

Thick Leaved Ground Cherry
Physalis crassifolia
Thick Leaved Ground Cherry wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 8-20 in.

Singleleaf Pinyon Pine
Pinus monophylla
Singleleaf Pinyon Pine tree in the desert

Lifeform: Tree

Elevation range: 3,000 - 10,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 15-65 ft.

Parish's Popcorn Flower
Plagiobothrys parishii
Parish's Popcorn Flower wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 2,850 - 7,000 ft

Height/Stem Length: 2 - 12 in.

Desert Plantain
Plantago ovata var. fastigiata
Desert Plantain wildflower in the Mojave

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-10 in.

Arrow Weed
Pluchea sericea
Arrow Weed plant in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: -200 - 4000 ft

Height/Stem Length: < 12 ft.

Fremont Cottonwood
Populus fremontii
Fremont Cottonwood tree in the desert

Lifeform: Tree

Elevation range: <6,600 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 39-115 ft.

Honey Mesquite
Prosopis glandulosa
Honey Mesquite tree in the desert

Lifeform: Tree

Elevation range: <5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6-20 ft.

Desert Almond
Prunus fasciculata var. fasciculata
Desert Almond shrub in the Mojave

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 165 - 6,500 ft

Height/Stem Length: 3-6 ft.

Velvet Rosette
Psathyrotes ramosissima
Velvet Rosette wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual, Perennial

Elevation range: -150 to 6750 ft

Height/Stem Length: 2-12 in.

Cottonbatting Plant
Pseudognaphalium stramenium
Cottonbatting Plant in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: < 8,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 3 ft.

Cooper's Paper Daisy
Psilostrophe cooperi
Paper Daisy in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 2,000 - 5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 8 - 24 in.

Mojave Indigo Bush
Psorothamnus arborescens
Mojave Indigo Bush in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 500 to 6800 ft

Johnson's Indigo Bush
Psorothamnus arborescens var. minutifolius
Johnson's Indigo Bush wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 1380 to 6400 ft

California Indigo Bush
Psorothamnus arborescens var. simplicifolius
California Indigo Bush in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 500-3,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-3 ft.

Emory's Indigo Bush
Psorothamnus emoryi
Emory's Indigo Bush in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: -150 to 4,000 ft

Fremont Indigo Bush
Psorothamnus fremontii
Fremont Indigo Bush in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 900 - 7000 ft

Schott's Indigo Bush
Psorothamnus schottii
Schott's Indigo Bush wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: <1,000 ft.

Smoke Tree
Psorothamnus spinosus
Smoke Tree tree in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub, Tree

Elevation range: -30 to 3610 ft

Antelope Bitterbrush
Purshia tridentata
Antelope Bitterbrush shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 2,500-8,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 5-6 ft.

Muller Oak
Quercus cornelius-mulleri
Muller Oak tree in the desert

Lifeform: Tree

Elevation range: 1,750-6,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 10 ft.

Tucker's Oak
Quercus john-tuckeri
Tucker's Oak tree in the desert

Lifeform: Tree

Elevation range: 950 to 6825 ft

Munz Oak
Quercus ×munzii
Munz Oak tree in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub, Tree

Elevation range: 2560 to 4460 ft

California Chicory
Rafinesquia californica
California Chicory wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 60 to 6200 ft

Height/Stem Length: < 3 ft.

Desert Chicory
Rafinesquia neomexicana
Desert Chicory wildflower in the Sonoran desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 5,800 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6-24 in.

Hollyleaf Redberry
Rhamnus ilicifolia
Hollyleaf Redberry shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 35 to 7250 ft

Fragrant Sumac
Rhus aromatica
Fragrant Sumac shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6 - 12 ft.

Castor Bean
Ricinus communis
Castor Bean plant in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: < 3700 ft

Wild Rhubarb
Rumex hymenosepalus
Wild Rhubarb plant in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 30 to 6000 ft

Height/Stem Length: 2 - 4 ft.

Narrow Leaved Willow
Salix exigua
Narrow Leaved Willow tree in the desert

Lifeform: Tree

Elevation range: -50 - 9,000 ft

Height/Stem Length: 13 - 23 ft.

Arroyo Willow
Salix lasiolepis
Arroyo Willow tree in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub, Tree

Elevation range: 0 - 10,000 ft

Height/Stem Length: < 33 ft.

Russian Thistle
Salsola tragus
Russian Thistle plant in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 0 to 9250 ft

Splendid Gilia
Saltugilia splendens
Splendid Gilia in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 500 - 7,500 ft.

Thistle Sage
Salvia carduacea
Thistle Sage wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <4,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 3 ft.

Chia
Salvia columbariae
Chia wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: <4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-20 in.

Purple Sage
Salvia dorrii
Purple Sage wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 1,575 -10,350 ft

Height/Stem Length: 1-2 ft.

Death Valley Sage
Salvia funerea
Death Valley Sage shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 230 to 5250 ft

Height/Stem Length: 1-3 ft.

Mojave Sage
Salvia mohavensis
Mojave Sage wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 1,000 - 5,000 ft.

Paper bag Bush
Scutellaria mexicana
Paper bag Bush wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 900 - 7,000 ft

Height/Stem Length: 1-3 ft.

Shrubby Ragwort
Senecio flaccidus
Shrubby Ragwort wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 1,500 - 6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 4 ft.

Catclaw
Senegalia greggii
Catclaw in the Mojave Desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: <6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 3-30 ft.

Desert Senna
Senna armata
Desert Senna shrub in the Mojave

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 300 - 4,200 ft.

Height/Stem Length: < 4 ft.

Western Sea Purslane
Sesuvium verrucosum
Western Sea Purslane wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: -200 - 4,000 ft

Jojoba
Simmondsia chinensis
Jojoba shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 45 to 5280 ft

London Rocket
Sisymbrium irio
London Rocket plant in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: -50 to 7745 ft

Apricot Mallow
Sphaeralcea ambigua var. ambigua
Apricot Mallow wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial, Shrub

Elevation range: <4,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 2-4 ft.

Rosy Apricot Mallow
Sphaeralcea ambigua var. rosacea
Rosy Apricot Mallow wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 260 to 8235 ft

Copper Globemallow
Sphaeralcea angustifolia
Copper Globemallow wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 100 to 3,500 ft

Height/Stem Length: < 3 ft.

Prince's Plume
Stanleya pinnata
Prince's Plume in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 200-8,750 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-5 ft.

Organ Pipe Cactus
Stenocereus thurberi
Organ Pipe Cactus in the desert

Lifeform: Stem succulent

Elevation range: <3,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 10-26 ft.

Wire Lettuce
Stephanomeria pauciflora
Wire Lettuce wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: -50 - 9200 ft

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 2 ft.

Mojave Stillingia
Stillingia paucidentata
Mojave Stillingia plant in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 1935 to 3445 ft

Indian Rice Grass
Stipa hymenoides
Indian Rice Grass in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 130 to 11810 ft

Desert Needle Grass
Stipa speciosa
Desert Needle Grass in the Mojave

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <6,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-2 ft.

Fremont's Gold
Syntrichopappus fremontii
Fremont's Gold in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: 2,100-7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-3 in.

Tamarisk
Tamarix ramosissima
Tamarisk tree in the desert

Lifeform: Tree

Elevation range: -25 - 7,500 ft

Height/Stem Length: 10-25 ft.

Hall's Purple Bush
Tetracoccus hallii
Hall's Purple Bush shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 1015 to 3545 ft

Mojave Cottonthorn
Tetradymia stenolepis
Mojave Cottonthorn shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 1,800 - 5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 4 ft.

Turpentine Broom
Thamnosma montana
Turpentine Broom wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 300 to 6,800 ft

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 2 ft.

Palmer's Crinklemat
Tiquilia palmeri
Palmer's Crinklemat wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: -105 to 2200 ft

Fanleaf Crinklemat
Tiquilia plicata
Fanleaf Crinklemat wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: -150-3,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 4-16 in.

Puncture Vine
Tribulus terrestris
Puncture Vine plant in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 5,000 ft.

Trixis
Trixis californica
Trixis shrub in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 230 - 4,200 ft

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 4 ft.

Silver Puffs
Uropappus lindleyi
Silver Puffs wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Annual

Elevation range: < 7,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 6 - 15 in.

Goodding's Verbena
Verbena gooddingii
Goodding's Verbena wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 4,000-6,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 8-18 in.

California Fan Palm
Washingtonia filifera
California Fan Palm tree in the desert

Lifeform: Tree

Elevation range:

Height/Stem Length: 75 ft.

Orcutt's Woody Aster
Xylorhiza orcuttii
Orcutt's Woody Aster in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: 30 to 3740 ft

Height/Stem Length: 1-5 ft.

Mojave Aster
Xylorhiza tortifolia
Mojave Aster wildflower in the desert

Lifeform: Perennial

Elevation range: <6,900 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1-2 ft.

Banana Yucca
Yucca baccata var. baccata
Banana Yucca plant in the desert

Lifeform: Shrub

Elevation range: 2,000 - 5,000 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 1 - 3 ft.

Joshua Tree
Yucca brevifolia
Joshua Tree in the desert

Lifeform: Tree

Elevation range: 1,750 - 7,100 ft

Height/Stem Length: 6-30 ft.

Mojave Yucca
Yucca schidigera
Mojave Yucca plant in the desert

Lifeform: Tree

Elevation range: <7,500 ft.

Height/Stem Length: 3-15 ft.