Reno / Tahoe Nevada Wildflowers

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Arrowleaf Balsamroot

    Reno Lake Tahoe Nevada wildflowers spring pictures photos desert Sierra
    ••• Spring Splashes of Color Paint the High Desert Arrowleaf balsamroot growing in the Huffaker Hills of south Reno. Photo © Stan White

    Spring Splashes of Color Paint the High Desert

    Wildflowers spring forth from the hills around Reno and Northern Nevada when there is a wet winter and a good Sierra snowpack. Nearby places to enjoy abundant wildflowers are the Huffaker Hills in south Reno, Washoe Lake State Park down toward Carson City, and up near Virginia City. These are some easy places to reach, but far from the only ones. Look around and you are sure to find good wildflower displays in lots of places close to town.

    Come June and July, spring takes over in the High Sierra. Streams become ribbons of color as flowers seem to bloom all at once to take advantage of the warm but brief mountain summer. Carson Pass, on Highway 89 south of Lake Tahoe, has one of the most spectacular wildflower explosions I've ever seen. From the parking area at the top of the pass, hiking either north or south will take you to meadows carpeted with color.

    Wildflowers grow in abundance around Reno / Tahoe, both in the desert areas and up in the...MORE relatively moist Sierra Nevada. Spring can be a colorful season when conditions are right.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Tidy Tips

    Reno Lake Tahoe Nevada wildflowers spring pictures photos desert Sierra
    ••• Spring Splashes of Color Paint the High Desert Tidy tips grow in abundance in southeast Reno's Huffaker Hills. Photo © Stan White

    Wildflowers grow in abundance around Reno / Tahoe, both in the desert areas and up in the relatively moist Sierra Nevada. Spring can be a colorful season when conditions are right.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Big-Head Clover

    Reno Lake Tahoe Nevada wildflowers spring pictures photos desert Sierra
    ••• Spring Splashes of Color Paint the High Desert Big-head clover in the Huffaker Hills, southeast Reno. Photo © Stan White

    Wildflowers grow in abundance around Reno / Tahoe, both in the desert areas and up in the relatively moist Sierra Nevada. Spring can be a colorful season when conditions are right.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Beckwith's Violet

    Reno Lake Tahoe Nevada wildflowers spring pictures photos desert Sierra
    ••• Spring Splashes of Color Paint the High Desert Beckwith's violet is one of spring's early bloomers. These beautiful little blossoms grow close to the ground and sometimes create dense patches of color. The Huffakers Hills of south Reno produce these in abundance. Photo © Stan White

    Wildflowers grow in abundance around Reno / Tahoe, both in the desert areas and up in the relatively moist Sierra Nevada. Spring can be a colorful season when conditions are right.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Big-Head Clover

    Reno Lake Tahoe Nevada wildflowers spring pictures photos desert Sierra
    ••• Spring Splashes of Color Paint the High Desert Big-head clover pops up when conditions are right. Photo © Stan White

    Wildflowers grow in abundance around Reno / Tahoe, both in the desert areas and up in the relatively moist Sierra Nevada. Spring can be a colorful season when conditions are right.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Desert Peach

    Reno Lake Tahoe Nevada wildflowers spring pictures photos desert Sierra
    ••• Spring Splashes of Color Paint the High Desert Desert peach is a shrub that becomes almost totally covered with pink blossoms. The name comes from this plant's peach-like fragrance. Photo © Stan White

    Wildflowers grow in abundance around Reno / Tahoe, both in the desert areas and up in the relatively moist Sierra Nevada. Spring can be a colorful season when conditions are right.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Hooker's Balsamroot

    Reno Lake Tahoe Nevada wildflowers spring pictures photos desert Sierra
    ••• Spring Splashes of Color Paint the High Desert The flowers of Hooker's balsamroot look like arrowleaf balsamroot. The best way to tell the plants apart is the leaves; Hooker's are serrated and arrowleaf's are smooth. Photo © Stan White

    Wildflowers grow in abundance around Reno / Tahoe, both in the desert areas and up in the relatively moist Sierra Nevada. Spring can be a colorful season when conditions are right.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Larkspur

    Reno Lake Tahoe Nevada wildflowers spring pictures photos desert Sierra
    ••• Spring Splashes of Color Paint the High Desert Larkspur grows tall spears of flowers, rising above the surrounding vegetation. Photo © Stan White

    Wildflowers grow in abundance around Reno / Tahoe, both in the desert areas and up in the relatively moist Sierra Nevada. Spring can be a colorful season when conditions are right.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Paintbrush

    Reno Lake Tahoe Nevada wildflowers spring pictures photos desert Sierra
    ••• Spring Splashes of Color Paint the High Desert Paintbrush comes in a variety of colors. In addition to red, yellow and orange will be found. Photo © Stan White

    Wildflowers grow in abundance around Reno / Tahoe, both in the desert areas and up in the relatively moist Sierra Nevada. Spring can be a colorful season when conditions are right.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Phlox

    Reno Lake Tahoe Nevada wildflowers spring pictures photos desert Sierra
    ••• Spring Splashes of Color Paint the High Desert Phlox grows low and spreads, making little carpets of solid flowers. Photo © Stan White

    Wildflowers grow in abundance around Reno / Tahoe, both in the desert areas and up in the relatively moist Sierra Nevada. Spring can be a colorful season when conditions are right.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Purple Sage

    Reno Lake Tahoe Nevada wildflowers spring pictures photos desert Sierra
    ••• Spring Splashes of Color Paint the High Desert Purple sage is a small shrub, but not a true sage. This specimen was photographed on Pahute Peak near the Black Rock Desert. Photo © Stan White

    Wildflowers grow in abundance around Reno / Tahoe, both in the desert areas and up in the relatively moist Sierra Nevada. Spring can be a colorful season when conditions are right.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Rayless Daisy

    Reno Lake Tahoe Nevada wildflowers spring pictures photos desert Sierra
    ••• Spring Splashes of Color Paint the High Desert Rayless daisies are an unusual wildflower and not common as far as I have seen. This one was photographed in the Huffaker Hills of south Reno. Photo © Stan White

    Wildflowers grow in abundance around Reno / Tahoe, both in the desert areas and up in the relatively moist Sierra Nevada. Spring can be a colorful season when conditions are right.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Death Camas

    Death camas, a member of the lily family, growing near Virginia City, Nevada, NV
    ••• Death camas, a member of the lily family, growing near Virginia City. Photo © Stan White

    Death camas is poisonous to livestock and humans, hence the name.

    Wildflowers abound around Reno, Nevada. Desert wildflowers begin blooming in April. Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers bloom as the snow melts and the weather warms. Look for Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers to peak in July and August.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Desert Peach

    Desert peach blossoms near Virginia City, Nevada, NV
    ••• Desert peach blossoms near Virginia City. Photo © Stan White

    In spring, pink blossoms cover desert peach shrubs.

    Wildflowers abound around Reno, Nevada. Desert wildflowers begin blooming in April. Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers bloom as the snow melts and the weather warms. Look for Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers to peak in July and August.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Bitterroot

    Bitterroot flowers near Virginia City, Nevada, NV
    ••• Bitterroot flowers near Virginia City. Photo © Stan White

    Bitterroot is the state flower of Montana.

    Wildflowers abound around Reno, Nevada. Desert wildflowers begin blooming in April. Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers bloom as the snow melts and the weather warms. Look for Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers to peak in July and August.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Paintbrush

    Yellow paintbrush in the Huffaker Hills, south Reno, Nevada, NV
    ••• Yellow paintbrush in the Huffaker Hills, south Reno. Photo © Stan White

    Paintbrush in Nevada comes in different color variations.

    Wildflowers abound around Reno, Nevada. Desert wildflowers begin blooming in April. Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers bloom as the snow melts and the weather warms. Look for Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers to peak in July and August.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Ephedra

    Ephedra in bloom. Also called Mormon tea, Nevada, NV
    ••• Ephedra in bloom. This ancient desert plant is also known as Mormon tea. Photo © Stan White

    Ephedra was used by Native Americans and Mormon pioneers for medicinal purposes.

    Wildflowers abound around Reno, Nevada. Desert wildflowers begin blooming in April. Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers bloom as the snow melts and the weather warms. Look for Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers to peak in July and August.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Ephedra

    Ephedra is an ancient desert plant, also known as Mormon tea, Nevada, NV
    ••• Ephedra is an ancient desert plant, also known as Mormon tea. Photo © Stan White

    Ephedra was used by Native Americans and Mormon pioneers for medicinal purposes.

    Wildflowers abound around Reno, Nevada. Desert wildflowers begin blooming in April. Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers bloom as the snow melts and the weather warms. Look for Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers to peak in July and August.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Wild Rose

    Wild rose on Pahute Peak in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, NV
    ••• Wild rose on Pahute Peak in the Black Rock Desert. Photo © Stan White

    Wild rose grows in riparian areas of the Black Rock Desert.

    Wildflowers abound around Reno, Nevada. Desert wildflowers begin blooming in April. Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers bloom as the snow melts and the weather warms. Look for Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers to peak in July and August.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Purple Mat

    Purple mat in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, NV
    ••• Purple mat in the Black Rock Desert. Photo © Stan White

    When conditions are right, these delicate flowers bloom in the desert.

    Wildflowers abound around Reno, Nevada. Desert wildflowers begin blooming in April. Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers bloom as the snow melts and the weather warms. Look for Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers to peak in July and August.

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    Northern Nevada Wildflowers: Evening Primrose

    Evening primrose in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, NV
    ••• Evening primrose in the Black Rock Desert. Photo © Stan White

    These beautiful blossoms open at night and turn pink with age.

    Wildflowers abound around Reno, Nevada. Desert wildflowers begin blooming in April. Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers bloom as the snow melts and the weather warms. Look for Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada wildflowers to peak in July and August.