Desert Peach (Prunus andersonii) is in the rose family and is a woody shrub. It has bright, beautiful pink flowers that bloom early in spring, usually April-June, a welcome sight for wildflower enthusiasts. In spring you can often see dense areas carpeted with these gorgeous plants.
Desert peach typically grow between 2-6 feet tall. They have five spoon shaped petals and a cluster of long stamens with yellow anthers--which you can see them in the picture above. The leaves are small and slightly toothed, usually appearing in bunches on the gray, spine-tipped stems. They develop little fruits that look similar to a small peach, hence it's common name, desert peach.
It is restricted to the western section of the Basin and Range region, occurring in eastern California; and western and central Nevada. Desert peach is found in Sagebrush shrublands, yellow pine forests, and pinyon-juniper woodland habitats.
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