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Another white

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At the top of Scott’s Bluff in western Nebraska on May 29th I noticed some plants that formed low mounds of white flowers, like the one above that has some other plants growing up inside it. How rude.

I later learned that the white-flowered plants are desert sandwort (Eremogone hookeri). Below is closeup of some of the flowers densely packed into one of those mounds.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 5, 2017 at 4:48 AM

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  1. Pretty little flowers!! Lovely!


    September 5, 2017 at 6:34 AM

  2. They remind me of our yellow stonecrop, or even of mountain pinks. Their environment seems similar, and they certainly seem to be thriving — rude intruder or not. Every time I see a plant with the specific epithet hookeri, I remember that a blogging friend, Andy Hooker (Lenscaper) is a descendent of William Jackson Hooker.

    As for white plants — you should see the rain lilies popping up. I’ve not yet seen any large colonies, but those may yet come. Small groups of plants, or even individuals, are everywhere.


    September 5, 2017 at 9:53 PM

    • Stonecrop is an excellent comparison, as both plants hug the ground and produce lots of tiny flowers.

      I’m not sure I knew who the Hooker of the familiar hookeri was:


      That’s quite a connection to know a descendant of his.

      Yes, I can imagine how all that rain served as a grand call to rain lilies. Let’s hope you finally get to experience a colony.

      I have no idea what to expect when we get back to a rain-enriched Austin in nine days.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 6, 2017 at 12:16 AM

  3. Most attractive. They don’t seem to be too worried about the rude intruders.


    September 6, 2017 at 4:05 AM

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