PLANTS
in the Juniper Flats Area


There are many interesting plants to view in the Juniper Flats area, and a variety of flowers especially in the Spring season.  Below are many examples with descriptions and interesting information about them.  For easier identification, where the plant has a flower, they are arranged by the general flower color.  Click on the flower color links below.

With respect to this information, Friends of Juniper Flats do NOT suggest that you attempt to duplicate the uses of these plants, and will not accept any liability for such endeavors.

Blue, Purple, Lavender

Green, Brown

Pink, Rose, Magenta

Red, Orange

White, Cream

Yellow

Non-Flowering Plants Are Shown Below

juniper tree or bush
JUNIPER, CALIFORNIA – Juniperus californica/Cupres-saceae family.  Junipers were excellent survival food for the early Indians because the berries, though stringent are available through part of the lean winter months.  Dried berries were baked into cakes or made into mush.   Other groups roasted the berries, ground them, and made a beverage.  Berries were used for making a tea or simply chewed as a treatment for fevers and colds.  The Juniper bark was used for colds, fever and constipation.  Bark was also used for making clothing and mattresses.  The wood was prized as a clean burning wood and a red dye was made from the ashes.  Numerous birds and animals now rely on the juniper.  Phainopeplas, a bird with a range as far north as central California, eat the mistletoe that grows on the junipers.  Pigeons, quail, jays, mockingbirds, coyote, fox, opossum and ring-tailed cat, antelope, deer and mountain sheep also eat the berries and/or foliage.
mormon tea plant
MORMON TEA - Ephedra nevadensis,  Ephradaceae/Joint Fir family.  Also called “Indian”, “Mexican” and “Squaw tea", a refreshing beverage was made by these people to relieve intestinal ailments.  Unfortunately, too much of it can also cause them!