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Produced by Doyle Wayman, Friends of Red Rock Canyon and Christiana Manville, USFWS Southern Nevada Field Office
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Bloom TimeSite RequirementsCommentsPlant SourcePhoto FlowerPhoto Plant
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Anemopsis californicaYerba mansaP6-20''Whitexxxxxxxwet areas, ok partial shadeOvernight/resting for Monarch, large green waxy leaves, can spread by rhizomes, many medicinal uses by Native tribesDW, NDFYerba Mansa FlowerYerba Plant
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Argemone corymbosaPrickly poppyA16-32''Whitexxxxxdry roadside & washstiff hairs on leaves = feels prickly, large white flower with 100 to 120 yellow stamens in centerDWPoppy FlowerPoppy Plant
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Asclepias erosaDesert milkweedP4'Greenxxxdry washlarval food for monarch butterflies, single stem, large leaves, white hairs on stems, pale green leavesDWDesert milkweed flowerDesert milkweed plant
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Asclepias speciosaShowy milkweedP4'Creamxxxxxwet areas larval food for monarch butterflies, single stem, can spread by rhizomes, dark green leavesDWShowy milkweed flowerShowy milkweed plant
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Asclepias subulataRush milkweedP4'Yellowxxxxxxxxx
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Evergreen, larval food for monarch butterflies, multi-stem with tiny leaves that are often not presentDWRush milkweed flowerRush milkweed plant
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Baileya multiradiataDesert marigoldP8-20''Yellowxxxxxxdry areasvery easy to grow, favorite tortoise foodDW, NDFDesert marigold flowerDesert marigold plant
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Cirsium mohavenseMojave thistleP4'Purplexxxxxmoist areastall flower stalk develops from basal rosette, spiny leaves and spines at base of flowersDWMojave thistle flowerMojave thistle plant
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Cucurbita palmataCoyote melonP12''Yellowxxxxsandy dry areasvine, flesh of gourd not edible, native tribes roasted seeds, related to squash, deciduousDWCoyote melon flowerCoyote melon plant
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Mentzelia laevicaulisBlazing starP8-40''Yellowxxxxxdry areasflowers open in the eveningDWBlazing star flowerBlazing star plant
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Mirabilis multifloragiant four o'clockP12''Pinkxxxxxxflowers late afternoon, very large flowers, grows more horizonatal than verticle DWgiant four o'clock flowergiant four o'clock plant
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Penstemon eatonifirecracker penstemonP1-3'Redxxxdryhummingbirds like, short-lived (2 years), DW, NDFfirecracker penstemon flowerfirecracker penstemon plant
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Penstemon palmeriPalmer penstemonP2-6'Pinkxxxdry washeslarge flowersDW, NDFPalmer penstemon flowerPalmer penstemon plant
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Rumex hymenosepalusWild rhubarbP2-4'Rustxxxxdry sandyDWWild rhubarb flowerWild rhubarb plant
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Salvia columbariaeChiaA4-20''Purplexxxdrytortoises like to eat, native tribes ate the seedsBLM excessChia flowerChia plant
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Solidago spectabilisNevada goldenrodP3'Yellowxxxwet areasDWNevada goldenrod flowerNevada goldenrod plant
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Stanleya pinnataPrince's plumeP1-4'YellowxxxxxdryDW, NDFPrince's plume flowerPrince's plume plant
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Thelypodium integrifoliumTelescoping mustardP4'WhitexxxdryDWTelescoping mustard flowerTelescoping mustard plant
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Xylorhiza tortifoliaMojave asterP1-2'Purple/yellowxxxdrypurple leaves with yellow center, caterpillars of the desert checkerspot eat the foliage of the Mojave asterBLM excess, NDFMojave aster flowerMojave aster plant
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Lycium andersoniiAnderson wolfberryP6'
Pale Lavender
xxxdrynative peoples ate the red berries, birds like the berriesNDFAnderson wolfberry flowerAnderson wolfberry plant
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Encelia farinosaBrittlebushP1-5'Yellowxxxxdrybutterflies, moths, and small beetles pollinate the yellow flowers, goldfinches and other birds will eat seeds, long flowering season with irrigation, does well in gardensNDFBrittlebush flowerBrittlebush plant
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Ericameria nauseosaRubber rabbitbrushP2-5'Yellowxxxdrygreat for pollinatorsNDFRubber rabbitbrush flowerRubber rabbitbrush plant
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Eriogonum corymbosum var. nilesiiLas Vegas buckwheatP2-5'YellowxxxdryRare plant that once was widespread in Las Vegas ValleyUSFWSLas Vegas buckwheat flower
Las Vegas buckwheat plant
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Eriogonum fasciculatumCalifornia buckwheatP1-2'Creamxxxxxxxdry looses leaves when no waterNDFCalifornia buckwheat flowerCalifornia buckwheat plant
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Fallugia paradoxaApache plumeP1-5'Whitexxdrywhite flowers produce 15 feathery plumesDW, NDFApache plume flowerApache plume plant
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Larrea tridentataCreosote bushP2-7'Yellowxxxxxxxdrydominant shrub in Mojave desert, evergreen, wax on leaves with distinctive smell, often has insect galls on branches, important cover plant for tortoises, distinctive white fuzzy seedsBLM excessCreosote bush flowerCreosote bush plant
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Rosa woodsii Woods' roseP3'Rosexxxmoist areas, partial shade okfragrant flowers, thorny branches, rose hips eaten by native tibes, great for birdsNDFWoods' rose flowerWoods' rose plant
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Salazaria mexicanaMexican Bladder SageP18-36''Purplexxxxxdryflowers turn into inflated papery sacs that contain seeds, also called paper-bag bush, humming birds loveDW, NDFMexican Bladder Sage flowerMexican Bladder Sage plant
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Salvia dorriiPurple sageP1-2'PurplexxdryDWPurple sage flowerPurple sage plant
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Sphaeralcea ambiguaDesert globemallowP1-3'Orangexxxxxxxxdryvery easy to grow, with magniflying glass can see star shaped hairs on leaves, DW, NDFDesert globemallow flowerDesert globemallow plant
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Acacia greggiiCatclaw acaciaP3-20'Yellowxxxmoist areassmall thorny tree, wildlife eat seed pods, thorns look like cats clawsNDFCatclaw acacia flowerCatclaw acacia plant
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Cercis orbiculataSouthwestern redbud/ Califronia redbudP6-20'Pinkxxpartial shade ok, moist areasdeciduous tree, pretty red buds in spring, pea like flowers, deciduous kidney shaped leaves, favorite of leaf cutter bees = used for pollination in fruit orchards, producess pea like podsDWCalifornia redbud flowerCalifornia Redbud plant
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Chilopsis linearisDesert willowP6-18'Purple/Pinkxxxxxmoist areaslarge purple flowers throughout the summer, adult food for butterflies, hummingbirds like a lot, bumble bees pollinateDW, NDFDesert willow flowerDesert willow plant
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Prosopis glandulosaHoney mesquiteP10-30'Yellowxxxmoist areaspea family, thorny branches, important food for native peoples, provide food for lots of animals (seed pods and leaves), important for pollinatorsDW, NDFHoney mesquite flowerHoney mesquite plant
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Prosopis pubescensScrewbean mesquiteP6-20'Yellowxxxmoist areasthrony branches, generally grows in moist places, pods look like screws, fast growingDW, NDFScrewbean mesquite flowerScrewbean mesquite plant
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Opuntia polyacanthaMojave pricklypearP20''yellowxxxdrycan grow up to 5 feet wide CMMojave pricklypear flowerMojave pricklypear plant
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Opuntia basilarisbeavertail pricklypearP20''pink/fusiaxxxxxdrylarge flowers, can grow up tp 5 feet wide, no permanent spines but glochids (short barbed prickles) CMbeavertail pricklypear flowerbeavertail pricklypear plant
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Yucca brevifoliaJoshua treeP<30'whitexxxdryslow growing, distinctive plant of the Mojave desert BLM excessJoshua tree flowerJoshua tree plant
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Photos from http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/ except Las Vegas Buckwheat which is from http://heritage.nv.gov
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Plant Sources: DW= Doyle Wayman, NDF = Las Vegas Tree Nursery at Floyd Lamb Park,
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BLM excess = DW will request seeds from BLM, CM= Christiana Manville
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