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2015 Phoenix Area and Northern AZ Reports
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.
Mar 6, 2015 Leo Reports: Taken at Pedidot Mesa on 3/4/2015. Just off highway 70 one mile west of Pedidot Az. You can get $10 permit at Bashes in Pedidot.
Mar 5, 2015 Jim & Trish Report: Peridot Mesa on the San Carlos Apache Reservation appears to be at peak color this week; and is a bonanza for gold poppies. We got these shots today (Wednesday). Make sure to drive around San Carlos Lake while you're there, we found good color on the southwest side of Coolidge Dam. *the dam itself is worth photographing - the road goes directly over it, and you can walk back across to lookout points -- make sure to check out the massive concrete art deco eagles that face downstream - looking south down the Gila River.
Oh, and make sure to buy your $10 recreation permit in Globe or at Apache Gold Casino when you enter the reservation lands - the rec permit's required.
Mar 5, 2015 Kerstin Reports: We went to Lake Pleasant Regional Park yesterday afternoon (March 4th 2015) and most prominently is the Brittle Bush throughout the park and right after that the Desert Globemallow (Apricot Mallow) in lush colors as I can’t really remember seeing ever. The bees were going crazy on the Mallows. I got lucky with one tiny patch of poppies on the side of the road. I was not able to walk the Pipeline trail unfortunately as my husband is handicapped and it’s not accessible (my understanding from other sites is that there are more poppies there?).
Lupines were abundant right at the entrance station and then intermittent along the road within a mile radius of the entrance station south. I also found 2 more wildflowers I had to look up as I was not familiar with them and I hope you can help confirm them for me. The Exserted Indian Paintbrushes (pink) were the ones I had not seen before and the Lesser Yellowthroat Gilia were sprinkled between the Lupines so I almost didn’t realize they were different as their color is so similar. At first they looked like Miniature Woolystars but then I think I was able to figure out through searches online that those are indeed Gilia. (the tiny purple ones)
Mar 3, 2015 Mark Reports: The first hedgehog blossom of the season. Taken 3/1/15 at Piestewa Peak Park in Phoenix; many buds on most of the hedgehogs now so will look forward to a banner year for the cacti flowering. Don't believe it's going to be a banner year in the Phoenix area for large number of wildflowers because of the warm weather we've experienced over the past month; but hope springs eternal!
Mar 2, 2015 Barb Reports: Mesa Az. Area Ironwood Road
Mar 2, 2015 Mark Reports: California side Colorado River at Parker AZ. Feb 27.
Didn't see many blooms but lots of buds ready to go.
Mar 1, 2015 Barbara and Richard Report: My husband and I moved to AZ not quite 6 months ago and are hunting wildflowers. I am not up on the names of the plants yet so this is the best I can do today. poppies and bladderpod in San Carlos desert globe mallow, something pink and something yellow on rte 374 Scorpion flower, chia, desert verbena. lupine on Ellsworth loop, Queen Creek and Button brittle bush near Sierra Estrella Mtns. Photos taken 2/27/15
Feb 28, Bob Stevens Apache Forever reports: Goldpoppies were approaching peak color this past week on the hillsides of Peridot Mesa on the San Carlos Apache reservation, off Highway 70 and east of the city of Globe, during late February and the first week or March.
Feb 26, 2015 DUSA Reports: Lost Dutchman Park got some rain on 2/24/15 should get the wildflower started.
Feb 24, 2015 John Reports: No great flower fields, but a lot of excellent macro opportunities are available now along the Pipeline Canyon and Yavapai Point trails at Lake Pleasant Regional Park (use the North Entrance) north of Phoenix. I saw the following genera in bloom: Eschscholzia (poppy), Gilia, Pectocarya, Anemone, Lupinus, Sphaeralcea (globemallow), Calliandra (fairyduster), Eriogonum, Orobanche, Trixis, Eucrypta, Pholistoma (fiesta flower), Senna, Encelia (brittlebush), Lesquerella, Marina, Dichelostemma, Simmondsia (jojoba), Ditaxis, and Ambrosia... and a few others unidentified or about to bloom (in bud). This is a great trail right now, and should be for the next few weeks. Attached: One of the unidentified species, clearly in Euphorbiaceae.
Feb 23, 2015 photographer John Mitchell and Paul @ Boyce Thompson
Arboretum Report: "Guided One O'clock wildflower walks continue Thursday, Saturday and Sunday this week (Feb. 26 & 28, also March 1) and every Thursday and Saturday during March -- plus three select Sunday: March 1, 15 and 29. February's still too early for widespread patches of color, but there are dozens of varieties of wildflowers you'll see this week around the trails -- and a few are already at peak color. John Mitchell used his camera's macro lens settings for nice closeups of varietals such as Wild Cucumber (Marah gilensis), Rhyolite Bush, Henbit and others Sunday - and suggests visitors look for Desert Anemone (the Greek word for "wind") along the High Trail, along with the intricate pine-cone-shaped flowers on Mormon Tea; both species are at peak right now - along with Jojoba. Guided flower walks are included with daily admission of $10. No pre-registration needed, just be ready-to-go and waiting in the visitor center breezeway lobby at the 1:00 start time Thursday, Saturday or Sunday. What else can be seen and photographed this week? Park Rangers and volunteers report vivid patches of iceplant near the visitor center as the MAIN TRAIL descends towards the Hummingbird Garden – plus a few patches of Fetid Marigold in prime color.
There's a lavender-pink variant of Apricot Globemallow at left where the Main Trail crosses Silver King Wash. The CACTUS GARDEN has scattered lupines, desert marigolds and canaigre (wild rhubarb), but most impressive are twin stalks on Pulque Agaves, already 10-feet tall, and likely to reach twice that height. At AYER LAKE watch for Mormon Tea and Jojoba shrubs flowering; also a patch of ‘dandelion-like’ Sow Thistle blooming near the wooden shade ramada near the dam. The main trail above the lake has rhyolite bush (crossosoma), and a thick patch of Purple Bladderpod (lesquerella). As you approach picketpost mansion look for blue-purple flower clusters atop thin stalks of BlueDicks (also known as covena, or wild hyacinch). Below the ‘Switchbacks’ blue phacelia is robust – but not flowering yet. Watch for wild cucumber, henbit and more rhyolite bush alond the riparian corridor where the main trail is parallel to Queen Creek. The BEST WILDFLOWER COLOR to be seen is along the High Trail; thickets of miner’s lettuce are at peak right now along with patches of purple bladderpod just west of the suspension bridge – plus wallflower & desert phlox at the middle section of the High Trail. Watch the patch of Desert Anemone at the west end of this trail - near the trailside bench where you can sit with a fine view of the Eucalyptus forest and the stone labrynth. Over the years staff have learned this is the one place to reliably find Desert Anemone at BTA - and these ephemeral flowers will soon be gone.
Feb 20, 2015 Lost Dutchman State Park Reports: Looking for rain this weekend to jump-start some areas that got too much sun last week.
Feb 20, 2015 Patrick Reports: The poppies are starting at Bartlett lake in AZ
Feb 12, 2015 Barb Reports: Jacobs crosscut trail near "fireplace". Poppies are starting to show up. Tonto National Forest
Feb 1, 2015 Arizona State parks Report: Extra showers this Winter are saturating the bulbs for spring flowers that are hiding beneath the surface of deserts and mountains across the state. Check back soon for pictures.
Feb 1, 2015 DUSA Reports: Rain in the Superstition Mountains last week looks good for wildflower this year.
Jan 26, 2015 CST Reports: We were in Yuma, Arizona the previous week. Some flowers showing at Betty's Kitchen (BLM) which was open contrary to the BLM website. River Walk in town, West end at the Hummingbird Gardens was a real treat. Many planted species attracting Anna's and Costa's Hummingbirds. Several other bird species as well.
Jan 26, 2015 DUSA Reports: Rain is forecasted for the part of southern Arizona today.
Jan 12, 2015 DUSA Reports: Some rain fell in Arizona on Sunday, Grand Canyon even has some snow. Tom reports The clouds are coming again to Superstition Mountain. The weather report claims rain Monday and possibly Tuesday.
Jan 1, 2015 DUSA Reports: In snowed in many area in Arizona and some rain. Even snow on Superstition Mountain 2015.
Tom Kollenborn took this photo about 10 PM today, January 1, 2015.
2014 Phoenix Area and Northern AZ Reports
Dec 31, 2014 DUSA Reports: The end of the year storm is bringing rain to the Phoenix areas and its parks, looks good for next year wildflower season.
Nov 14, 2014 Tom Reports: IDs for some of the wildflowers below.
Nov 1, 2014 CTS reports: Wire Lettuce taken in Holbrook, Arizona -- 10-15-2014 Desert Hollyhock, Asters, few others blooming.
Nov 1, 2014 CTS reports: Maybe you can post this one on Arizona Wildflower report.
Someone may know what it is??
Taken 10-15-2014 in vacant lot next to Howard Johnson Motel in Holbrook, Az.
11/14/2014 Tom ID as ambrosia acanthicarpa, bur ragweed
Oct 27, 2014 Dee reports: Taken Oct 22 at a view point between Jacob's Lake and Vermillion cliffs on US89.
Oct 27, 2014 Tina reports: Wondering if you can help our family to identify this wildflower found in Prescott Valley, AZ yesterday 10-19-14. We've never seen this one before.
Tom ID it as amaranthus fimbriatus - Fringed Amaranth
September 7, 2014 Dee reports: Dove Mountain - Marana AZ Morning walk through Marana neighborhood, Dove Mountain. Sept. 6, 2014. The black butterfly finally settled down so I could take its picture among the brilliant colors of the flowers.
September 1, 2014 Paul reports: looking for late summer wildflowers? head up to Mt. Graham near Safford, AZ; you'll see sections of highway 70 lined with summer poppies (caltrops) as yuo drive through Globe and the San Carlos Apache reservation on Highway 70 enroute to Graham County - and the paved road up Mt. Graham is lined with a wide variety of color. just returned from 3 days up there -- meadow arnica is on the wane, but still looks good up around the columbine ranger station. the roadside is lined with red mint (at their prime below the twilight camping area), skyrocket, red wallflower, goldenrod, primrose (at least four types: robust and tall hookeri, a smaller yellow one; also the white tufted evening primrose); verbena, thistle, beebalm, new mexico raspberry; even late-season elderberries along the road have flowers - while others have clusters of ripe fruit. august rains have produced an array of mushrooms, too. early september's a beautiful time for a drive up Mt. Graham -- as you begin to ascend, watch for "the angle orchard," and get fresh apples if they're open - they have a few rare varietals such as Finnish Elspars.
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