National forests and public lands are truly America's
wildflower gardens and the lands around Big Pine are
no exception. From early spring through fall, hundreds
of species of flora may be found on canyon walls, in
washes, along trails and roadsides.
One can find colorful arrays of varieties that includes
the 4-foot wands of Prince's Plume, mounds of Bush Sunflower,
White Evening Primrose, Mountain Prickly Poppy, Apricot
Mallow, Sulphur Flower, ground-hugging whitish mats
of Yellow-blooming Buckwheat, pink Four-o-clocks, and
larger species of clustered blooms like tiny pink or
white Powder Puffs.
Lower desert elevations feature desert shrubs, Purple
Sage, many varieties of cactus, Rock Nettle, Desert
Holly and Joshua trees. Roadsides at higher elevations
are lined with purple and blue Lupin and clumps of brilliant
red Indian Paint Brush. At the highest elevations there
are tiny relatives of the larger plants found in lower
While spring brings desert and mountain wild flowers
into bloom, fall is the perfect time to capture the
beauty of foliage in full autumn color. Valley hillsides
and mountain canyons are abundant with Willow, Aspen
and Cottonwood in showy brilliant golds and yellows.
Fall in the White Mountains brings the opportunity to
harvest the Pinon Nut.
Chapter of the California Native Plant Society conducts
regular field trips into the canyons, mountains, valleys,
meadows and deserts in all directions around Big Pine,
with efforts focused on seeing native flora in its natural
Anyone interested in field trips or more information
should contact the Big
Pine Chamber office or Bristlecone
Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.