More flora of the Wind River Range: Penstemon glaber (so pretty!), Trifolium hybridum, and Hymenoxys hoopesii. Photo credit Steve Hegji.
Since Steve went to the Winds, I’ve been developing a bit of an obsession over them. I foresee a backpacking trip in my future, perhaps with llamas as they are a common sight as pack animals in the Winds. Check out this site where you can rent a llama for a trek.
Baileya pleniradiata (Wooly Desert Marigold), Sand Hollow State Park, Utah. Similar to B. multiradiata, but this is B. pleniradiata because it is better branched and leafier, and just nicer overall. Generally an annual, but will stick around for a second year if the winter is mild. It flowers twice a year, after the winter-spring rains, and then again after the late summer “monsoons.”
Flower on Echinocereus triglochidiatus I got from Intermountain Cactus. Description has it hailing from the Manzano Mountains in New Mexico. “Unusual with large tubercles and only 3 spines per areole.” For me, that translates as “big bumps; not so spiny. Has big red flowers. Is good.”
'Copper Pot' Eschscholzia californica and Penstemon sepalulus are taking center stage in the gravel garden since more structural agaves, yuccas and various grasses aren’t up to snuff to carry it on their own. But color means lots of gawkers. Now if only the city would let me do something about that strip of green in the park strip. That’s Eremurus robustus ‘Spring Valley Splendor’ on the right, by the way.
Penstemon pinorum (Pinyon Penstemon), Old Iron Town Road, Cedar City, Utah. This guy has only been its own species since 1985. It is found growing among the Juniper forest and is listed as critically imperiled.
This is the best shot I got, so we’ll have to live with it. For those as deeply dissatisfied as I am, here is a link to a better image.
Penstemon thompsoniae, (Thompson’s Penstemon), Old Iron Town Road, Cedar City, Utah.
There was some debate as to whether this itty bitty thing was P. caespitosa or P. thompsoniae. The botanists came down on the side of P. thompsoniae. Regardless, these plants are tiny. You had to look really closely for those plants and even closer to make sure you didn’t step on any.