national wildflower week

Happy Mother's Day!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Bureau of Land Management celebrated National Wildflower Week (May 5-11) on social media with photos of wildflowers from our public lands. 


Mojave Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus) are shrubs. They are generally thorny, thickly branched, strongly-scented bushes. The species bear bright purple legume flowers and gland-rich pods. Photo by Chelise Simmons.


Crepis modocensis – Modoc hawksbeard, is a yellow flower, seen here with a Mormon Metalmark butterfly. Hawksbeards are a prized sage-grouse food in the spring. BLM photo taken off the Grove Creek Road near the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains.

Eurybia conspicua – Western showy aster flowers between July and early September. BLM photo taken in Crooked Creek near the Pryor Mountains.


Pasque flower (Anemone Patens) blooms from April to June in well-drained soils in steps and foot hills, and mountain zones. They have deeply cup-shaped lavender and blue flowers with five to seven petal-like sepals and have many yellow stamens in the center.

Arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata) flowers begin blooming in late spring.

Larkspurs (Delphinium spp.) have bright blue and purple flowers blooming from May through July. If eaten in large quantities, they can be poisonous.


Alaska is full of wildflowers in the spring and summer. This whiteish flower is the Labrador Tea blossoms from along the Table Top Mountain Trail in the BLM White Mountains Receration Area. Photo by BLM Craig McCaa.

Epilobium angustifolium, commonly known as Fireweed gets its name because it grows very well in areas after a fire has cleared away the vegetation. It grows very tall and has bright pink blossoms.

Fireweed is edible and known to be a good source of Vitamin C. It is also used to make Alaska Native medicine, candies, syrups, jellies and even ice cream. Many Alaskans gauge the length of summer by Fireweed. The blossoms begin to open from the bottom of the stalk and work their way up as the summer continues. When the last blooms open on the top of the stalks, summer is over and fall is on its way.


Shooting star flowers are both beautiful and interesting to observe. The four or five petals are bright pinkish-purple or sometimes white, about ¾ to 1 inch long, and flare backward. The stamens are fused together forming a point or “beak” at the tip of the flower. This combination of features gives the flowers the appearance of a shooting star.

Shooting star wildflowers bloom from April through July and may be found growing in lower elevation valleys, forests, and mountain meadows on BLM lands in northern, central, and southern Idaho. 

Over 150 native forbs can be found in the North Fork Owyhee Wilderness.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day from all of us at BLM!