Flowers near Vernal and Nevada Falls (Yosemite)

Flowers by the trails to Vernal and Nevada Falls (Yosemite)
Notes by J. Zimmerman, Ph.D.

The most beautiful trail in the Yosemite Valley climbs from Happy Isles to Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls.

These are flowers can you find beside it, June 8-10, 2004, in the sequence seen as well as some additional flowers seen on the valley floor near the Visitor's Center.

For comparison, see:

June Flowers of Yosemite in the sequence seen on the trails near Vernal and Nevada Falls


Starting near Happy Isles:
  1. Water buttercup, Ranunculus aquatilus (white, 5 white petals about a third of an inch long). In slow moving (seasonal) water.
  2. Few-flowered (or bush) pea, Lathyrus brownii (violet).
  3. Lovely unidentified yellow flower with 4 long stamens, petals peel back. Not in Munz.

    We reach the Bridge over the Merced River with the still beautiful (though increasingly blocked) view of Vernal Falls. The Valley needs a fire not only to maintain its prehistoric balanced ecology, but also to take out a few trees and open up this view!

  4. Mountain pink currant, Ribes nevadense (Pink pendants on a shrub).
  5. * The gorgeous small-flowered alumroot (also called small-flowered heuchera or crevice heuchera), Heuchera micrantha (pink). 1-foot flowering stem topped by branches with numerous tiny flowers.
  6. * The gorgeous pink alumroot (also called pink heuchera), Heuchera rubescens (pink). 1-foot flowering stem topped by many-flowered branches.
  7. Thimbleberry, Rubus parviflorus (5 white petal).
  8. Drummond's cinquefoil, Potentilla drummondii (5 yellow petals, half-inch-diameter flower).
  9. Mountain pride, Penstemon newberryi (rose pink-red).
  10. Yarrow , Achillea millefolium (5 white petals, arrayed in several upward-facing disks).
  11. Broad-leafed lotus, Lotus crassifolius (yellow with maroon dot at tip of lower lip).
  12. White star-shaped flower. Not in Munz.
  13. Arrow-leaved balsamroot, Balsamorhiza sagittata (yellow multi-petalled flowers, 2 to 3 inches diameter; lower leaves are triangular).
  14. Mountain sorrel, Oxyria digyna (dusky reddish, tiny flowers in clusters along branched stems).

    Near Vernal Falls.

  15. Pacific stonecrop, Sedum spathulifolium (5-pointed petals in a yellow star; basal rosette of leaves).
  16. Lemmon's campion (also called Lemmon's catchfly), Silene lemmonii (5 white petals on nodding, hanging flowers; petal tips cleft into 4 lobes giving the flower a disarrayed look).
  17. Dusty maidens (yellow).
  18. Rosy everlasting (pink).
  19. Imbricate phacelia, Phacelia imbricata (white flowers clustered along coiled branches).
  20. Alpine aster, Aster alpigenus (purple petals with yellow center; flowers over 1 inch diameter; very thin leaves).
  21. Indian paintbrush (red).
  22. Hiker's gentian.

June Flowers of Yosemite Valley Floor seen near the Visitor's Center

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