Wild Things

In the first three months of 2010, Southern Nevada got twice the rain that fell in all of 2009. Now we can enjoy one benefit of all that precipitation: wildflowers. Yellow wooly daisies; showy four o’clocks with magenta, funnel-shaped blooms; blue phacelias with bell-shaped blooms; and desert dandelions with bright yellow blossoms—which are much prettier than their cousins that infest our lawns—are popping up everywhere.

The Springs Preserve, Calico Basin and Willow Springs at Red Rock Canyon and Lake Mead are a few some of the spots to witness the desert in bloom.

Russ Harrison, horticultural services supervisor at the Springs Preserve, says the length of the wildflower season depends on the weather—how hot it gets, especially.

“If we heat up fast, the show will be a short one, [but] if we get a lengthy spring, it could last longer,” Harrison says, noting those few scattered April showers didn’t hurt either.

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