A “Snow White” Spring Super Bloom … Albuquerque Foothills

April 2023

Oh my goodness! What a brilliant Spring Super Bloom is on display mere steps east of Albuquerque. 

Alas, I found myself lamenting for months over the long and snowy wet winter we just climbed out of here in the East Mountains of central New Mexico. It seemed the back-to-back snowstorms since last November were never ending; snow shoveling every morning became the norm. But I know better than to whine. An abundance of winter moisture always results in a spectacular abundance of spring flowers.  And this Spring has proven that true.

Scrambled Eggs

The last two months we’ve seen a mad splash of sunshine yellow from the blooming of a native winter annual called Golden Corydalis, aka Scrambled Eggs (Corydalis aurea). This member of the poppy family quickly converted the dusty hillsides from brown to a glowing yellow as the many-flowered stalks of this plant seemed to shoot up over last season’s dried grasses. Scrambled Eggs was the plant I thought would be our Spring super bloomer.  

But, oh no!

During a full two weeks of being distracted by the glow of all that yellow, all around our feet, 1,000s and 1,000s of blue-gray-green rosettes began to grow. I noticed these rosettes (the very same mystery rosettes I described in my January journal), were rapidly expanding outward to make room for flower stalks heavily laden with little rosy orange buds. And then one day one of those buds unfurled into a brilliantly white 4-petaled flower.  In the center of that flower were 8 lemon-yellow pollen-heavy anthers surrounding a 4-fingered lemon-yellow stigma, ripe for pollination. Of course …… now I knew with certainty ….. the flower blooming atop the pretty winter rosettes is the White-stemmed Evening Primrose (Oenothera albicaulis)!

One of my January posts included this page where I illustrated a mystery rosette (top center) that seemed to be everywhere.

Also known as Whitest Evening Primrose, it wasn’t long until more flowers began to appear. “But, wow, was it possible that all those 1,000s and 1,000s of rosettes would each produce a bouquet of flowers?” Hiking these foothills every day paid of.  As the excitement of possibility steadily unfolded, hundreds of thousands of large 2-4” white flowers unfurled each evening about sunset to greet potential overnight pollinators, and to welcome hikers the following morning. 

My journal page illustrating the abundance of white-stemmed evening primrose
A vista of white
white-stemmed evening primrose

In about a week since I noticed that first open flower, this native Evening Primrose was carpeting the hillsides in white as brilliant and sparkly as newly fallen snow. The ground became “Snow White” with flowers, out-performing the still profusely-blooming Scrambled Eggs. 

white-stemmed evening primrose
white-stemmed evening primrose

And the show won’t end any time soon …. there are still an unbelievable number of White-stemmed Evening Primrose buds awaiting their turn to enter the play from stage right! Now that’s what I call a true Spring Super Bloomer.

A detailed page of my dissection of white-stemmed evening primrose

What marvelous transformations have or are happening outside your world this Spring? 


  1. What a phenomenal journal page with the view of the white primrose winding up towards the peak! I feel like I am there when I look at that page. And, the scrambled egg name of the yellow flowers put a smile on my face! Thanks for sharing your beautiful spring discoveries after a wet, snowy winter!

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    1. You are so awesomely wonderful Karen! The scrambled eggs may have put a smile on your face, but your remarks will keep me smiling for the rest of the day! What a gorgeous super bloom we’re having, and thoroughly enjoying. I’m delighted you enjoyed my post. The photos don’t do the spectacle justice. Wished you could be here to see the hills a-glow!

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  2. sgoodman56 says:

    The scrambled eggs remind me of forsythia here in the spring. And the white carpet of evening flowers is lovely!

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan! I agree, the scrambled eggs definitely have a characteristic forsythia yellow glow!


  3. The white primrose looks gorgeous. What a wonderful find and painting of it. Enjoy spring!


    1. Thank you so very much Jean!


  4. So awesome post 🙏🌹👍🏻dear friend ♥️ The beauty of Spring full of glory and the whole nature is so intoxicating
    that it attracts everyone 😍👌💗your drawing photos looking so great and beautiful lines also 👏✍️grace wishes 🙏


    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful comments Thattamma!

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