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Take Wing Event: Valles Caldera Elk Tour and Bond Cabin Snack

Thu, September 18
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Take wing with PEEC at one of our special Take Wing events.  These special event…

Take Wing Event: Eco Station Tour

Thu, September 18
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Take wing with PEEC at one of our special Take Wing events.  These special event…

Homeschool Nature Explorers

Thu, September 18
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Homeschoolers: Come hike with us to learn to identify plants during this first installment…

Geocaching 101

Fri, September 19
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Have you heard about geocaching and want to learn more? Don't know what it is, but like hi…

Take Wing Event: Sulphur Springs Tour with the Goffs

Sat, September 20
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take wing with PEEC at one of our special Take Wing events.  These special event…

Take Wing Event: Valles Caldera Geology Tour with the Goffs

Mon, September 22
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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What's Blooming Now?

Current Flowers in and around Los Alamos, NM

Local Plant Resources

The beginning flower identifier is usually overwhelmed by the variety and number of species. Most flower identification books show far more species than bloom locally. Happily, the most common flowers are not too many for the interested person to master.

By mid-summer, there are more than 20 plants at this web page, and again you might feel you're going into overload. What to do? Perhaps the best way is to visit this site once a week. Each time you will find a few new ones, but you will already be familiar with the older ones. By mid-summer most of the photos will be old friends, and you will be able to learn the new ones without too much effort.

About this page
Photos on this page appear automatically during their typical bloom dates, based on past years. They are displayed alphabetically by scientific name. If you notice any errors in what flowers are shown (or not shown), please contact us.

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Flowering Plants

Nodding Onion

Nodding Onion

(Alium cernua)

From 6/27 to 10/20

Color: pink

Habitat: ponderosa

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Blue Columbine

Blue Columbine

(Aquilegia cerulea)

Don't pick - too rare.

From 6/23 to 10/31

Color: purple,blue

Habitat: mixed conifer

Rare

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Wirey Bahia

Wirey Bahia

(Bahia dissecta)

Low, cleft leaves.

From 8/18 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: pinyon-juniper,ponderosa,disturbed soil

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Chocolate Flower

Chocolate Flower

(Berlandiera lyrata)

Named for the scent of the flower.

From 5/3 to 9/30

Color: yellow

Family: Compositae

Habitat: pinyon-juniper

Uncommon

Native

Photo: Kathy Gillespie

Harebell or Bluebell Bellflower

Harebell or Bluebell Bellflower

(Campanula rotundifolia)

From 7/8 to 10/20

Color: blue

Habitat: ponderosa,mixed conifer

Common

Native

Photo: Corrie Clinton

Wyoming Paintbrush

Wyoming Paintbrush

(Castellija linearifolia)

From 6/26 to 10/20

Color: red

Habitat: ponderosa

Uncommon

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush

(Castellija mineata)

From 6/26 to 10/20

Color: red

Habitat: mixed conifer

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Southwestern Indian Paintbrush

Southwestern Indian Paintbrush

(Castijella integra)

From 4/18 to 10/20

Color: red

Habitat: pinyon-juniper

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Bee Plant

Bee Plant

(Cleome serrulata)

From 7/10 to 9/22

Color: purple,pink

Habitat: disturbed soil

Uncommon

Native

Photo: Yvonne Keller

Purple Aster

Purple Aster

(Dieteria canescens)

From 9/10 to 10/31

Color: purple,blue

Habitat: pinyon-juniper,disturbed soil

Common

Native

Photo: Jennifer Macke

Golden Whitlow-grass

Golden Whitlow-grass

(Draba aurea)

A tiny mustard.

From 6/11 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: mixed conifer

Uncommon

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Fetid goosefoot

Fetid goosefoot

(Dysphania graveolens)

Turns red in autumn.

From 9/18 to 10/31

Color: red

Habitat: ponderosa

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Fireweed

Fireweed

(Epilobium angustifolium)

From 7/1 to 9/23

Color: purple

Habitat: mixed conifer

Locally common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Spreading Fleabane

Spreading Fleabane

(Erigeron divergens)

From 9/3 to 10/31

Color: white

Habitat: pinyon-juniper,ponderosa,mixed conifer,oak woodland,mountain meadow

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Regal Daisy

Regal Daisy

(Erigeron eximia)

From 8/1 to 10/31

Color: white

Habitat: mixed conifer

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Whiplash Daisy

Whiplash Daisy

(Erigeron flagellaris)

From 5/30 to 10/31

Color: white

Habitat: ponderosa,mixed conifer

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Showy Fleabane

Showy Fleabane

(Erigeron speciosus)

There are 6 common (and a few more uncommon) Erigeron in the area. To help in distinguishing these, PEEC sells a small guide to the Erigerons, which can be purchased at the gift shop.

From 7/12 to 10/31

Color: purple

Habitat: ponderosa

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Three-nerved Daisy

Three-nerved Daisy

(Erigeron subtrinervis)

The most beautiful of the fleabanes.

From 8/1 to 10/31

Color: purple

Habitat: ponderosa,mixed conifer

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Tracy's Fleabane

Tracy's Fleabane

(Erigeron tracyi)

Blooms nearly year-round. Has runners during summer and fall.

From 2/1 to 12/1

Color: white

Habitat: pinyon-juniper

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Crane's Bill

Crane's Bill

(Erodium cicutarium)

A small, low-growing plant. Blooms nearly all year round, including any mild weather in the winter. Some consider it a weed.

From 1/2 to 12/30

Color: purple

Family: Geraniacea

Habitat: disturbed soil

Common

Introduced

Photo: Chick Keller

Firewheel

Firewheel

(Gaillardia pulchella)

Also called Indian blanket, Indian blanketflower, or sundance. Very common around White Rock

From 5/5 to 10/15

Color: yellow

Family: Asteraceae

Habitat: pinyon-juniper,dsturbed soil

Common

Introduced

Photo: Akkana Peck

Gaura

Gaura

(Gaura coccinea)

From 7/14 to 10/20

Color: pink

Habitat: pinyon-juniper

Uncommon

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Pleated Gentian, or Rocky Mountain Bottle Gentian

Pleated Gentian, or Rocky Mountain Bottle Gentian

(Gentiana affinis)

Found in Cañada Bonito and ponderosa areas.

From 8/21 to 10/20

Color: white,purple

Habitat: mountain meadow

Uncommon

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Little Gentian

Little Gentian

(Gentianella amarella)

From 8/2 to 10/20

Color: purple

Habitat: mountain meadows

Uncommon

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Purple Geranium

Purple Geranium

(Geranium caespitosum)

From 6/1 to 10/20

Color: pink,purple

Habitat: ponderosa

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Richardson's Geranium

Richardson's Geranium

(Geranium richardsonii)

From 6/1 to 10/20

Color: white

Habitat: mixed conifer

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Skyrocket Gilia

Skyrocket Gilia

(Gilia aggregata)

Pronounced "JILL-ee-uh".

From 6/27 to 10/31

Color: red

Habitat: ponderosa

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Matchbrush/Snakeweed

Matchbrush/Snakeweed

(Guteriezia sarothrae)

From 9/11 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: pinyon-juniper

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Showy Goldeneye

Showy Goldeneye

(Heliomerus multiflora)

Entire, opposite leaves.

From 7/19 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: mixed conifer

Locally common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Golden Aster or Goldeneye

Golden Aster or Goldeneye

(Heterotheca villosa)

Golden Aster will bloom from late June until snowfall. Red flowers in photo are Skyrocket Gilia.

From 6/27 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: pinyon-juniper,ponderosa

Common

Native

Pale trumpets

Pale trumpets

(Ipomopsis longiflora)

Also called flaxflowered gilia or white-flower skyrocket

From 7/15 to 12/31

Color: purple,blue

Family: Polemoniaceae

Habitat: pinyon-juniper

Common

Native

Photo: Akkana Peck

Arizona Peavine

Arizona Peavine

(Lathyrus arizonica)

From 5/30 to 10/25

Color: white,pink

Habitat: ponderosa

Uncommon

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Gayfeather

Gayfeather

(Liatris punctata)

From 8/18 to 10/31

Color: purple,pink

Habitat: ponderosa

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Hooker's Evening Primrose

Hooker's Evening Primrose

(Oenothera elata)

Common in disturbed ground.

From 6/26 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: ponderosa,disturbed soil

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Wood Sorrel

Wood Sorrel

(Oxalis alpine)

From 7/14 to 9/22

Color: purple,pink

Habitat: mixed conifer

Uncommon

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Firecracker Penstemon

Firecracker Penstemon

(Penstemon barbatus)

From 6/8 to 10/31

Color: red

Habitat: ponderosa

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Heal-all

Heal-all

Heal-all

(Prunella vulgaris)

From 6/22 to 10/20

Color: purple

Habitat: riparian,mountain meadows

Uncommon

Native

Pinedrops

Pinedrops

(Pterospora andromedea)

From 6/26 to 10/31

Color: red,yellow

Habitat: ponderosa

Uncommon

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Mexican Hat

Mexican Hat

(Ratibda columnifera)

Can also be bright yellow. Native to the state but not to Los Alamos

From 6/30 to 10/20

Color: red,orange,yellow

Habitat: disturbed soil

Locally common

Introduced

Photo: Chick Keller

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

(Rudbeckia hirta)

open areas

From 6/26 to 10/20

Color: yellow

Habitat: mixed conifer,mountain meadows

Uncommon

Native

Photo: Yvonne Keller

Pink Windmills

Pink Windmills

Pink Windmills

(Schoenocrambe liniarifolia)

From 6/16 to 9/20

Color: pink,purple

Habitat: pinyon-juniper,ponderosa

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Many-headed Senecio

Many-headed Senecio

Many-headed Senecio

(Senecio spartioides var. multicapatatus)

From 8/25 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: mixed conifer

Locally common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Smooth Goldenrod

Smooth Goldenrod

(Solidago simplex)

From 8/2 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: ponderosa

Common

Native

Photo: Corrie Clinton

Threenerve (Hairy) Goldenrod

Threenerve (Hairy) Goldenrod

(Solidago velutina)

From 8/18 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: ponderosa

Uncommon

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Wright's or Bushy Goldenrod

Wright's or Bushy Goldenrod

(Solidago wrightii)

From 8/18 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: ponderosa

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Desert Globemallow

Desert Globemallow

(Sphaeracea fendleri)

From 7/14 to 10/31

Color: orange

Habitat: pinyon-juniper,ponderosa

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Scarlet Globemallow

Scarlet Globemallow

(Sphaeralcea coccinea)

From 4/22 to 10/15

Color: orange

Habitat: pinyon-juniper

Common

Native

Photo: Akkana Peck

Smooth Aster

Smooth Aster

(Symphiocarpus/Aster laevis)

From 8/26 to 10/31

Color: purple

Habitat: ponderosa

Uncommon

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Heath Aster

Heath Aster

(Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

From 9/10 to 10/31

Color: white

Habitat: ponderosa

Uncommon

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Townsend's Daisy

Townsend's Daisy

(Towsendia eximia)

Also called tall easter daisy

From 6/27 to 10/20

Color: purple

Habitat: ponderosa,mixed conifer

Locally common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Cowpens Daisy

Cowpens Daisy

(Verbesina encelioides)

Found on disturbed sites.

From 9/10 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Family: Asteracea

Habitat: disturbed soil

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

American Vetch

American Vetch

(Vicia americana)

Note tendrils that attach plant to others.

From 5/27 to 9/22

Color: purple

Habitat: ponderosa

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

 

Flowering Shrubs

 

Baneberry in berry

Baneberry in berry

(Actaea rubra)

In berry. Berries can be red or white.

From 7/10 to 10/20

Color: red,white

Habitat: mixed conifer

Common

Native

Photo: Corrie Clinton

Tasselflower Bricklebush

Tasselflower Bricklebush

Tasselflower Bricklebush

(Brickelia grandiflora)

View plant profile in USDA Plants Database.

From 8/25 to 10/20

Color: yellow

Habitat: mixed conifer

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Apache Plume

Apache Plume

Apache Plume

(Fallugia paradoxa)

From 6/6 to 10/31

Color: white

Family: Rosaceae

Habitat: piñon-juniper,ponderosa

Common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Taperleaf

Taperleaf

(Pericome caudata)

Usually a large rounded bush in sunny places. Note leaf shape.

From 8/24 to 10/20

Color: yellow

Habitat: ponderosa,mixed conifer

Uncommon

Native

Photo: Chick Keller

Elderberry in berry

Elderberry in berry

(Sambucus racemosa)

Shrub above 8,000 ft.

From 8/1 to 10/25

Color: red

Habitat: mixed conifer

Locally common

Native

Photo: Chick Keller


 

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