Native wildflowers pop up in parched areas

On the Trail

VIBRANT—The heart-leaved climbing penstemon is a western U.S. native plant often seen locally.
Just because spring is drawing to a close does not mean the natural landscape is reduced to rue and ruin. Grasses grow in a carpet-like fashion and noxious weeds such as thistle and mustard grow in vast colonies. These are now dying off, giving a broad impression of a very withered wild world. But die-hard wildflower fanciers should still be able to discern sparks of color amid the grit and dust....

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