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Mar 6, 2014 Mary reports: The flowers at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument were noteworthy among stops this week at several parks in southern Arizona during this dry flower season. Though I was told there are many more flowers there on a good year, I was impressed with brilliant yellow from Brittle Bush on the Ajo Mountain Drive. Also on that drive, the desert floor was dotted with Pincushions. On closer look, many places also had Easter Bonnets and Desert Stars hugging the desert floor. Several of the washes had blooms that included Parry Penstemon, Poppies, Chia, Goodding's Verbena, Rattlesnake Weed, Lupine, Orange Mallow and Phacelia. The Buckhorn Cholla was just starting to bloom. With a careful look, I counted 20 plus species in bloom at this impressive National Monument.
Feb 28, 2014 William reports: These photos were taken at White Tank Mountain Regional Park just west of Phoenix on February 24 and 25. There is lots of yellow Brittlebush blooming along the roads. Also some Orange Mallow and Cholla are loaded with buds. It has been much warmer than usual, so some blooms may come early. However, there has been no rain this year. There is a 70% chance of rain this weekend.
Feb. 26, 2014 Paul @ BOYCE THOMPSON ARBORETUM in Superior,AZ reports: "Would you believe the first elderberries are already in bloom, with clusters of white flowers? Our guided 1:00 wildflower walks debut this weekend (March 1-2), and new arrivals to AZ are surprised to learn elderberry's among native plants, in fact you'll see robust examples of "Sambucus mexicana" today at the Arboretum if you’re standing at the southeast corner of the Picnic Area parking lot (look east, down the service road; flowers clusters are above and at right), and also on the bank of Silver King Wash as you cross the white bridge into the eucalyptus forest. Elderberry is just the most recent wildflower we’ve noticed – among dozens in bloom as March begins. This won’t be a year of breathtaking color in our surrounding desert, but irrigated Arboretum gardens mean we can boast variety along our paths – with charismatic endemics such as wild cucumber, desert wishbone, golden wallflower -– and the exotically-shaped Watson’s Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia watsonii) which has a back-story as compelling as its unusual shape.
Attend a guided wildflower walk to see, photograph and learn to ID colorful, interesting wildflowers. Walks begin with a ‘back-to-back weekend' of One O’Clock guided flower tours March 1-2. Saturday walks are guided by Pat Pingel, Sunday tours by Cass Blodgett (co-president of Arizona Native Plants Society's Phoenix Chapter). Saturday walks continue March 8, 15, 22 and 29; Cass will be here Sundays March 16 & 30. What else will you see in bloom around the trails? Flowers are scattered, watch for fetid marigold in trailside planters, also London rocket and henbit. Western dayflower, Parry's penstemon (and one primo Penstemon subulata, too) in the Cactus Garden; medicinal-smelling odora (known as "Yerba de Venado" en espanol) trailside from the Cactus Garden all the way towards Picketpost Mansion, canyon lupine, desert marigold, and "o
nion-y looking" bluedicks (see these along the main trail above Ayer Lake, mostly).
Another fun native plant to learn is Mormon tea, flowering strong this week along the main trail from Aye Lake uphill - and along the high trail, too. Its worth bringing a magnifying glass (or look through your binoculars backwards, using 'em like a microscope) for a closeup look at these pine-cone-shaped flowers. Speaking of the high trail, its well worth walking this scenic half-mile to see clumps of bright golden wallflower along with purple bladderpod. Confirm wildflowers walks and BTA events at http://ag.arizona.edu/bta
Feb 24, 2014 Cat reports: I found this Brittlebrush and Globemallows at the base of South Mountain in Phoenix.
Feb 24, 2014 Sharon reports: I photographed these Fairy Dusters and Desert Mallow at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve Sunday Feb 23,2014. Spring is on it’s way.
Feb 24, 2014 Grand Canyon NP reports: We’re already seeing the first signs of Spring at Grand Canyon! David Young, our volunteer naturalist at Desert View, found this Widewing Spring Parsley (Cymopterus purpurascens) out near Desert View point. It is one of our first blooms of the season!
Feb 21, 2014 Barbara reports: These beauties were along I-10 about halfway between Blythe and Phoenix on Sunday 2/16/14.
Feb 21, 2014 Mary reports: I took these pictures at Buckeye Hills Recreation Area, near Phoenix.
Feb 11, 2014 Hank & Dorothy report: Mojave rock daisies (Monoptilon bellioides) are flowering all over the bajadas around Ajo, AZ. This was taken 5 miles south of town.
Desert verbena in Estes Wash, Organ Pipe Cactus Natl. Monument. 2/8/2014.
Feb 11, 2014 Bob reports: Large patch of orange Globemallow & Brittlebrush along Hwy 95 near the entrance to Yuma Proving Grounds. Feb 8, 2014.
Feb 6, 2014 Hank & Dorothy report: The poppies are out at Hat Mountain. Photo taken 2/5/2014 Hat Mtn. is on the Barry M. Goldwater Range north of Ajo, AZ. Range permit is required and is obtained at the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge Office in Ajo or at the Gila Bend Auxiliary Airfield.
Note this is a California location near Yuma AZ
Feb 1, 2014 Dollie reports: Hi Jim, I took this photo of a Scorpion flower, I think it's called........today, and I've been seeing them here in Imperial Dam area, by Squaw Lake for a couple of weeks. We've also seen Beavertail cactus in bloom, and Ajo Lily, or Desert Lily in the past week, blooming.
Here is a photo of a Sand Blazing Star, and I've seen lots in this past week of January. We are out at Imperial Dam, by Squaw Lake, California. - click on picture for more wildflower information
Jan 13, 2014 Andy and Ruth report: Found these blooming along Oatman Road in NW Arizona.
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