Check this page on a regular basis to see what's new and in bloom in Lambert Park!
April 25, 2018
Western stoneseed is native to the Canada and the western United States. The Navajo, Dakota and Shoshone tribes used tea made from the roots of this flower as a method of birth control.
The Bush Pea is a beautiful purple flower, but don't let your livestock eat it! Many members of the Lathyrus family are toxic to animals, especially horses!
April 21, 2018
Spring is bustin' out all over! Five new yellow flowers and one red one!
Great basin desert parsley has several common names--great basin biscuitroot, umbrella-parsley. Whatever you call it, lomatium simplex, is a pretty little flower, native to the west!
Curveseed butterwort is an invader from Eurasia. Like other members of the buttercup family, it is poisonous. In addition to a pretty star-shaped flower, it grows clusters of hard, spine fruits (burs).
The desert Indian paintbrush is a deceptive plant. It's leafy red bracts are not the flowers, but rather they surround a greenish white flower at the very tip. They are very pretty parasites! The roots drill into the roots of surrounding plants, stealing their resources!
Arrowleaf Balsamroot is a hearty plant that was used by native American tribes for food and medicine. It is bitter and pine-tasting. Today we can enjoy it chiefly for it's vibrant spring colors!
Lambstongue ragwort was used by settlers and ranchers to determine range “readiness.” When it was in flower, the range was believed to be sufficiently developed for grazing to begin. Lambert Park is fast becoming range ready!
We'd rather not celebrate the blooming of the dreaded myrtle spurge, as it is one plant we would like to completely eradicate from Lambert Park! This succulent, brought over as an ornamental plant from Southeastern Europe and Asia Minor, is extremely drought resistant and thrives in the west. It pushes out native plants and its milky sap is a dangerous irritant to human skin and eyes! Purge it from your yards, but use gloves and plastic bags!
April 16, 2018
The glacier lily, or yellow avalanche lily is a delicate, but hearty spring flower. It often blooms in the snow. The bulbs of the glacier lily are a preferred food for bears. The mule deer also like the folliage. There is a lovely patch of glacier lilies at the intersection of the Rodeo Up and Spring trails.
And, of course, our annual favorite, the dandelion, is starting to bloom again in the park (and also probably in your yard). A native of Eurasia, the dandelion has been in North American since the early 17th century when the colonists brought it over for medicine and food.
April 3, 2018
The shortstyle bluebell is a wonderful bright blue flower unique to the western states, specifically Utah,but also parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada. You can find it on Rodeo Up, Spring, and the northern end of High Bench trails.
Oregon grape originated in the northwest and is the state flower of Oregon. We're glad it made all the way to Utah, as it's waxy holly-shaped leaves, and bright yellow flowers add a lushness to our landscape. Find it on Spring and Rodeo Up paths in Lambert Park.
April 2, 2018
The first flowers of the season are up in Lambert Park! They are small, so you have to pay attention when you're looking for them. The early flowers are often low to the ground where they thrive because of the heat from the ground.
The Redstem Filaree, also called Stork's Bill is originally from the Mediterranean, but was already widely distributed in the west when it was observed by John C. Fremont in 1844. Although it can be an aggressive invader of open areas, it can also serve as good spring forage for cattle, sheep, desert tortoise, and other wildlife.
The Longstalk Springparsley is a native of the American west and can be found in Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. It is especially common in north-central Utah.
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