Botanizing in May at Grover Hot Springs State Park

Meadow at Grover Hot Springs

Meadow at Grover Hot Springs State Park

In eastern California, the next State Park north of Bodie is Grover Hot Springs. Both are in the  Sierra District of the State Parks system and many park staff have worked both places. The Friends of Grover Hot Springs is affiliated with the Bodie Foundation. So the two parks have close ties. From where I live in the Sacramento Valley, Grover is just a short detour off the mid-point of my usual route down State Route 89 to the Bodie Hills and Mono Basin. And Grover has been a favorite camping destination for my family (and many others) for many years.

Hot Springs Creek

Hot Springs Creek during spring runoff

It’s been a good spring this year in the eastern Sierra Nevada, with the best spring runoff and the best spring flowers many areas have seen in several years. I visited Grover Hot Springs State Park in mid-May (2016) and found many early-season plants in full bloom.

Sarcodes sanguinea

Snowplant (Sarcodes sanguinea)

Ceanothus prostratus

Mahala mat (Ceanothus prostratus)

Madia exigua

Miniature tarweed (Hemizonella minima)

Senecio integerrimus

Western groundsel (Senecio integerrimus)

Mimulus nanus

Dwarf monkeyflower (Mimulus nanus)

Mimulus nanus

Dwarf monkeyflower (Mimulus nanus)

Balsamorhiza sagittata

Arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata)

Ribes velutinum

Desert Gooseberry (Ribes velutinum)

Hesperochiron californicus

California hesperochiron (Hesperochiron californicus)

Phlox diffusa

Spreading phlox (Phlox diffusa)

Copyright © Tim Messick 2016. All rights reserved.

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