Flora of Piceance-East Douglas
Piceance Basin is home to a variety of wildflowers, interesting plants and of course many insects! Pinyon-juniper, sage, greasewood and rabbit brush are predominant throughout the range.
Travelers along Rio Blanco county road 24X will notice the sage is much shorter there than in other areas of the range. That area was treated many years ago in an effort to reduce the sage and bring back the grass. If one looks closely the old runway for the crop dusters can be seen.
Piceance Bladderpod (Physaria parviflora) can be found in areas of white shale and is listed as a “BLM Sensitive” plant. It is a small plant, often the size of a quarter, with lovely yellow blooms.
Mountain Bluebells, Evening Primrose and Indian Paintbrush dot the landscape with color.