has the richest diversity of plants in Utahalmost
800 native species. Differences in elevation, sunlight,
water, and temperature create "microenvironments,"
like hanging gardens, forested side canyons, and isolated
mesas. The variety of mountain and canyon environments
makes Zion an excellent location for wildflower walks
in the spring and summer and brilliant leaf color in the
autumn. Take on of the many hikes through Zion Canyon
and you will see why Zion can be considered a "paradise".
to the north temperate zone is a perennial herb with en
erect hairy stem and rough hairy leaves generally 3-6
inches long. Yellow flowers bloom in umbrellas and are
1-1/2 inches across. The evening primrose also has medicinal
purposes. The oil received from the plant is used to help
with many medical problems. The oil has helped with: premenstrual
syndrome, benign breast disease, cholesterol, blood pressure,
obesity and some skin conditions.
a winter annual native
to southern Europe that has adapted well all over the
country. Larkspurs are distinguishable by the backward
projecting spur formed by the upper petal of the flower.
They can be found in in well drained soils out in the
sun. Tightly compact blossoms area arranged on spikes
in shades of white, pink, and deep blue.
also known as the western yellow pine, can be identified
by its asymmetrically shaped bark plates, and its needles
are 5-10 inches long and come in bundles of three. These
trees are mostly found on the west rim of the canyon and
can be seen in the Kolob Canyons also.
trees are found throughout Zion Canyon providing shade
for hikers, picnickers and mountain bikers. In the late
spring, the trees release its seeds in a cotton-like substance
that floats through the air and covers the ground making
it look as if it snowed.