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West Nebraska wildflowers

May 31, 2010

This is Wildflower Week in Nebraska, not that the flowers pay any attention to the date. They’ve been blooming for weeks now, and different species will continue to bloom throughout the summer. It’s exciting but also a little bit of a pain, species-identificationwise, to live here in western Nebraska. We have such a variety of terrain and ecoregions, plus the whole east-meets-west mashup, that it can be difficult to use one source to identify everything you find. So far, I only have eastern-region wildflower books. I can find a few things online, but I won’t be able to correctly identify all of the flowers I’m finding. I’ll give it a go, anyhow.

This is one of my favorite pictures, with Dome Rock in the background. I think it's prairie ragwort?

The lovely death camass.

Plains phlox

Narrow beardtongue?

Purple locoweed


Wild blue flax

Mountain lily

Some type of yellow musineon all over Scotts Bluff


Large flowered townsendia

Narrow-leaved puccoon?

Don't know if this is actually a wildflower or a liberated garden flower. An old cemetery in Sioux County was lousy with them.

Nuttall's violet

Showy peavine, somewhat chomped upon by grasshoppers.


Whatever it is, it looked really pretty with the shimmering grasses waving behind it.

This stuff, whatever it is, turned the road medians purple this spring.

Gumbo evening primrose. Tons of these at Toadstool Geologic Park.

Some kind of milkvetch?

These flower shots were taken at Scotts Bluff National Monument, and on roadsides in Sioux and Dawes Counties. Another good place to go look is Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, which has trailside plant ID signage. Wildcat Hills is another likely location.

Copyright 2010 by Katie Bradshaw

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2010 9:19 am

    Glimpses of the native beauty here for those of us who don’t stop to take in the close up magnificence of these spectacular forms and colors.

  2. Monique permalink
    June 2, 2010 3:31 pm

    Nice photos! Thanks for the kick in the pants to get out there and see some of these beautiful blooms.


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