Desert Plants -
Plants at Ash Meadows
The average rainfall in Ash Meadows is three inches per year: In years of abundant rainfall,
the Refuge may have a spectacular show of over 330
species of flowers
and shrubs in bloom.
The threatened Ash Meadows milkvetch and threatened Ash Meadows sunray begin flowering
early in spring.
The most common tree in the refuge is the
In the hot summer months,
animals and plants use it as shade. The tree gets its name from the coiled or "screw"
shaped pods found in bunches during the summer.
cured the pods and ground them into meal.
Plants survive the heat and drought by surviving as seeds in the soil, often for decades, until
favorable conditions occur. When the time is right they quickly sprout, flower and drop seed.