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2015 Phoenix Area and Northern AZ Reports

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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