Death Valley Wildflower
The Gravel Ghost wildflower lives its life with the utmost discretion. It starts off as a patch of grayish leaves that blends in with the surrounding landscape. Then it sprouts a wiry stalk about 2 ft. high, which is camouflaged against the barren scenery. But when the bulb blooms, it produces a vibrant white flower that insects flock to pollinate. The stalk, still difficult to see, creates the eerie appearance of a floating flower— hovering, ghost-like, above the desert floor.