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2015 Phoenix Area and Northern AZ Reports
May 15 2015 Desert Botanical Garden Reports: We've been snapping photos throughout the week of blooms along the trails. Everything from the saguaros to echinopsis have flowers! Some open at night, others later in the day. As the temperatures increase, early morning is a great time to come flower hunting at the Garden.
May 5 2015 Lost Dutchman State Park Reports: Cactus are in bloom, Saguaro Cactus are starting to bloom.
April 23 2015 Lynda Reports: Sedona AZ near Centennial and Girdner trails near the Cultural Center, off 89 A. 4/18/15
April 10 2015 RPM Reports: Found this on a sunset jeep ride in the canyons of Sedona AZ on April 9. As the sun started setting more and more of them became visible in the desert terrain, but don't know what they are.
April 9 2015 Lynda Reports: I took these on Saturday April 4 2015 at a trailhead in White Tanks Mountain Park.
April 6 2015 Brian Reports: I captured the attached photos on Barnhardt Mesa off of Hwy 87 on April 4th. Sego Lilies, Globe Mallow, and Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus blooming all over the place along the first 2 miles of the road.
Mar 31 2015 Grand Canyon Reports: Lower South Kaibab Trail is in bloom! -mt (NPS photos by mt)
Mar 28 2015 Bob Reports: I took these pictures on Sunday March 22, 2015 out at Bartlett Lake. The crested saguaro was taken from Horseshoe Dam Rd.
Mar 28 2015 Barbara Reports: Red Cholla blooms on 60 just before Boyce Thompson Arboretum and pink and yellow cactus blooms at the arboretum on March 27, 2015
Mar 28 2015 Ray Reports: My wife and I drove San Pedro River Valley north from Benson to Globe AZ Tuesday Mar 24. The flowers had obviously peaked the week before. Spotty but a few nice bunches.
The next day we drove Globe to Safford along route 70. 10 to 20 miles east of Globe was gorgeous with poppies and lupine mixed together. Route 191 south of Safford to I-10 was also rich with poppies.
Mar 26 2015 Kerstin Reports: Photos of blooming cacti at the Sonoran Preserve - Apache Wash Trail on Sunday, March 22nd. The Buck Horn Cholla were popping up everywhere and the Pinkflower Hedgehog was taking our breath away with its intense color. Still plenty of Brittle Bush and Apricot Desert Mallows there as well as Globe Chamomile and Wild Heliotrope…. I also found one little Bluedick.
Mar 23 2015 Ken Reports: I've attached 3 images taken on March 22nd at Boyce Thompson Arboretum at Superior. Barrel cacti were displaying a few very colorful blooms; more coming in next 1-3 weeks.
Mar 23 2015 Barbara State Park Reports: Bartlett Lake, Saddle service road 459 March 20, 2015 Desert pin cushion, cream cups, an aster (machaeanthera or tansy aster) Colorado four o'clock, white poppies, fleabane and an unidentified blue-violet flower.
Mar 20 2015 Dale State Park Reports: I was in the Superstition Mountains on St. Patrick’s Day and I followed Cougar Trail around to The Lost Dutchman’s Trail. They were hard to spot, but I found them. The yellows dominated, but I was a little too early to catch really bursting out in bloom.
Mar 20 2015 Lost Dutchman State Park Reports: - It's still hot out there, but the rain may jumpstart even more Chuparosa & Brittlebush to carpet the base of the mountain. When you go, please make sure to bring water, boots, and a camera!
Mar 20 2015 Eva Reports: We drove to Bartlett Lake on the afternoon of March 17, 2015 to see what was blooming. Up toward and beyond Rattlesnake Cove toward the lake and campgrounds there were good swatches of color. The brittlebush and chuparosa were the strongest, with some golden poppies, lupine and lovely, pale tangerine desert mallows mixed in.
Mar 20 2015 Steve Reports: We visited Peridot Mesa on Tuesday, March 18, 2015. There are still thousands of poppies on slopes and a lot of clusters on the Mesa. We also saw a lot of Blue Lupine.
Mar 20 2015 Pat Reports: Photos taken on March 17. Highway 79 south of Florence, where desert marigolds and lupine lined the highway for miles. As you get nearer to Florence, there is also desert mallow, usually in pastel colors. US 60 between Florence Junction and Gonzales Pass. Most of the flowers were brittlebush, with some poppies and Perry's penstemon. The final photo is from Lost Dutchman State Park in the Superstitions. There is abundant brittlebush, although I have seen the slopes considerably more yellow. One valley is lined with chuparosa. It's about a 600' climb in elevation to the highest point in the trails, and it's warm, so take plenty of water. I took three pint bottles and drank two of them.
Mar 19 2015 Aleksandra Reports: Photos were taken at Peridot Mesa on 03/15/15. Poppies are still going strong, yucca and yellow evening primerose are also in bloom. Miami is all covered with poppies. Globe mallows of all imaginable colors grow along Hwy 79 to Florence. Lots of different attractive wildflowers, including purple sand verbena, can be found in Gila river bed, right under the bridge.
Mar 16 2015 Paul@BTA Reports: Phil Lowe and I drove up the silver king mine road (north of highway 60 from the Superior airstrip) to see if lupines might make a comeback. This won't be a year for dramatic hillsides of poppies or lupines at peachville mountain or around the silver king mine - the area's been grazed by cattle; plants are there, but they've been chomped to ground level. We did find photogenic flowers such as Chia ("ch-ch-ch-CHia!") Columbaria right along the road in several spots; hillsides above are just starting to hint at an imminent bloom of brittlebush and apricot globemallow which should be camera-ready in another week or two, particularly on a steep hill with a magnificent saguaro in the background. Banana Yuccas are blooming here, too, plus canaigre (wild rhubarb).
Mar 16 2015 Ron Reports: Chuparosa, brittlebush and occasional Mexican Gold Poppies at Siphon Draw Trail at Lost Dutchman State Park, Apache Junction, AZ, March 14, 2014
Mar 16 2015 Andy Reports: Still plenty of flowers to see at Peridot Mesa. They are probably coming down from their peak but still quite dense and well worth the trip.
Mar 14 2015 Mary Reports: I took this photos yesterday, March 13th about 20 miles from Quartzsite. I only saw one of the sand blazing star, and the ghost flower.
Mar 14 2015 Ed Reports: On 3-12, I drove out to the Bartlett Lake area. There were patches of poppies on the hillsides along the last few miles as I approached the lake and there were better blooms on the hillsides and along the road leading to Rattlesnake Cove. While they were not as plentiful as some other years, there was some good color and a nice variety of white and yellow poppies, purple and blue lupine, yellow brittlebush, and red chuparosa.
Mar 13 2015 Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park Reports: There continues to be a beautiful assortment of flowers appearing all around the Park. Check out this weekends Spring Flower Sale and Flower walks in our Event Calendar. The drive to the Park, coming up Highway 60 is also littered with beautiful flowers along both sides of the roadway. Enjoy!
Mar 12, 2015 Danielle Reports: Peridot Mesa. Still tons of blooms, most of the Lupine are found right along the highway. Quite a few folks out on the Mesa.
Mar 12, 2015 Barbara Reports: Ellsworth Road, Mesa AZ 11 March 2015 and Parry Penstemon that I located on the 60 east of Gold Canyon, AZ March 10, 2015
March 9, 2015 paul'n'amanda report: Its not for the faint-of-heart (and definitely not for vehicles that are weak-of-suspension), but you'll find camera-ready flowers this week along Forest Service roads that access the Gila Box Riparian Area north of Safford, AZ. We camped above Bonita Creek Thursday-Friday last week and found the usual suspects (goldpoppies, bluedicks, lupines, globemallow) in profusion, along with scattered rarities such as vivid red Penstemon Superbus (big, healthy plants tall and robust as the more common pink Parry's Penstemon seen along highways); also Fendler's Dandelion, and Desert Anemone.
The breathtaking part? If you've been following the posts on this page over the past week about Peridot Mesa on the Apache reservation, you already know its carpeted with 1,000 acres of goldpoppies at their peak. Well, from where we camped we could see mountainsides of the remote southeast corner of the Apache Reservation -- at least five miles north -- and each one carpeted with poppies, each one colored rust-orange by the immense bloom of flowers... an extremely remote area with ten times what you'll find at Peridot Mesa -- and a region that's unlikely to be seen by anyone other than airplane pilots flying over -- and Apache cowboys on horseback, herding cattle around that remote corner of the rez. Glorious, breathtaking... and awesome, in the true sense of that overused word.
Mar 9, 2015 Barbara Reports: Ellsworth and Thompson, Queen Creek - San Tan Arizona
Mar 11, 2015 Paul Reports: Wildflowers at Ironwood Forest National Monument, AZ Mexican Gold Poppies, Globe Mallow and Filaree Scattered and very localized areas in bloom as of 5 March 2015
Mar 9, 2015 Kerstin Reports: We drove to the San Carlos Apache Reservation (Sunday, March 8th) and saw the amazing display of the Desert Poppies on the Perinot Mesa (we got our $10 permit thank you for the information Jim & Trish). We were in awe of the display as there had to have been millions of Desert Poppies. Many people made the drive up the dirt road taking photos. Lupines were on display in abundance on the side and middle of the road on the US60 all the way from Gold Canyon to Superior, just beautiful!
Mar 9, 2015
Jerrod Reports: Went to Peridot Mesa 3/7/15 for all the gold poppies.
Taken 8 miles south of Superior on the 177
Mar 8, 2015 Richard Reports: 3/7/2015 The poppies look amazing at Peridot Mesa.
Mar 7, 2015 Sandra Reports: Spotted this interesting flower at the base of Silly Mountain, Apache Junction. Desert broomrape (Orobanche cooperi)
Mar 6, 2015 Don Reports: Taken 3/5/15 along Bush Highway at approx. mile marker 34. Both sides of the road have large areas of Poppies. The Bush Highway is a scenic highway in the US state of Arizona. It begins at the northern end of Power Road in Mesa and extends northeasterly through the Tonto National Forest to the Beeline Highway.
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