I love traveling and learning new species of wildflowers and other plants. We were in Zion National Park during the Spring when all the flowers were in bloom and I couldn't help but get pictures! These are just some of the flowers I took pictures of and their identification.
Cacti are native to the Americas, but found all over the world. They come in many shapes and sizes and have showy flowers. Cacti are succulents. Their spikes may have evolved from their now missing leaves. Their stems are now photosynthetic to prevent water loss. This is a Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia erinacea var. utahensis).
Zion Shooting Star (Dodecatheon pulchellum var. zionensis)
I love these flowers! They look like little creatures, hence their common name, Scarlet Monkey Flowers (Mimulus cardinales).
Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja spp.)
Hovering over these purple flowers (Astragalus amphioxys) is a large Sphinx Moth. This is such an incredible insect because of the speed of it's wings mimicking a hummingbird, which many park guests confuse them with.
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