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2015 Anza Borrego Desert State Park Wildflower Reports

Feb 26, 2015 DUSA Reports: The area at the end of DiGiorgio Road and the beginning of Coyote Canyon has been hit hard by the heat, and the wildflowers are rapidly being consumed by large caterpillars. There's not much left there. But there's another location coming into bloom on Henderson Canyon Road. There the desert sunflowers are starting to blossom. There are lots of wildflowers along Peg Leg Rd on the east side as well. There are dirt roads that go into the area, 4WD is recommended.

Here a map of where you can see the wildflowers.



Henderson Canyon Rd

DiGiorgio Road

By Landfill Road - lots of blooms in the dunes


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What's left of the wildflowers at the beginning of Coyote Canyon

Feb 24, 2015 Stephen Reports: Anza Borrego State Park on Sunday 2/22/15. Very nice blooms in Borrego Palm Canyon with Brittle Bush as the star of the show. We had sun in the morning. As we were getting back to the parking lot we had the good fortune of a close encounter with a pair of Bighorn Sheep. In the afternoon we headed over to Di Giorgio/Henderson Canyon and from afar it looked like it was raining fairly hard in Borrego Palm canyon. Di Giorgio rd had a few nice patches of Sand Verbena about 1/2 mile from the end of pavement. Dune Evening Primrose was being rapidly consumed by large caterpillars. They were fun to watch. We saw a single Desert Lily and lots of Sand Verbena on Henderson Canyon Rd. Lots of blooming Barrel Cactus on the Mountain Palm Canyon loop trail. It's a great time for the desert now.





DiGiorgio Road 2/22

Feb 24, 2015 John Reports: Quite a few dessert lilies blooming north of Henderson Road … though they are small.



Feb 22, 2015 Gaelyn Reports: February 18th hiked Palm Canyon, Anza-Borrego, from campground and saw Brown-eyed primrose, Chuparosa, Phacelia, Poppies, flowering Brittlebush, Desert lavender and lupine all over plus a few I haven't yet identified. Sure would like to see the flower photos labeled. Next stop Joshua Tree so should have an update soon.




Feb 21, 2015 Roger Reports: Hiking Alcoholic pass yesterday we counted 28 Beavertail cactus in bloom without leaving the trail.


Feb 16, 2015 ABDNHA Reports: Unseasonably warm temperatures are bringing annual wildflowers into bloom fairly quickly. It should be possible to find something blooming somewhere over the next two weeks, though a dramatic landscape blanketed with colorful “drive-by” blossoms is unlikely without another significant rainfall.
Annual flowers including purple phacelia and yellow desert dandelion are blooming at the Visitor Center and in Borrego Palm Canyon; shrubs such as brittlebush, chuparosa, and desert lavender are making a beautiful showing as well, especially in western canyons.

Brown-eyed evening primrose and sand verbena can be found in the fields along DiGiorgio Road and alongside many of the roads throughout the Borrego Valley.
A drive to the end of the pavement at the north end of DiGiorgio Road yields a variety of annuals, including spectacle-pod, brown-eyed evening primrose, sand verbena, desert dandelion, sunflowers, and even a few desert lilies coming into bloom. Lupine plants are widespread, but are likely to remain fairly small as they bloom, due to recent high temperatures.

Sunflower plants as well as dune primrose plants are present in decent numbers in the fields north of Henderson Canyon Road (aka “the flower fields”), and are loaded with buds. They are expected to bloom over the next week or so, but are unlikely to grow much larger without more rain.

Desert lilies are blooming among a variety of annual plants along Henderson Canyon Road, just east of its intersection with Highway S-2. Daytime temperatures are very warm, but mornings are delightful for hiking, exploring, and wildflower-seeking!

Feb 15, 2015 Gretchen Reports: This beautiful bloom was at the top of alcoholic pass today.



Feb 13, 2015 Grechen Reports: Phots from Yaqui well trail yesterday 2/12.




Feb 12, 2015 Jim for DUSA Reports: Wildflowers are blooming at the end of DeGiorgio Road and the beginning of Coyote Canyon. GPS 33.327490, -116.367481



More wildflowers are blooming near the east end of Henderson Canyon Road, should be a good show for the next few weeks. GPS 33.295869, -116.299366




Also stopped at Plum Canyon, not much there now may be good later. GPS 33.127823, -116.425284


Bees were happy with the Desert Lavender

Feb 9, 2015 ABDNHA Reports: Excitement is building as wildflowers begin to bloom in the canyons and along the trails of the park seen by visitors willing to get out of their cars and walk. Drive-by flower fields remain mostly bare, however, and it is still too early to predict if and where anticipated blankets of conspicuous flowers will show. The shoulders of many of the roads through the valley are strewn with many small annual plants that will come into bloom over the next few weeks. Look for sand verbena, and brown-eyed evening primrose. Desert lilies are blooming along Henderson Canyon Road, just east of its intersection with Highway S-2 Annual flowers are starting to bloom at the Visitor Center; shrubs such as brittlebush, chuparosa, and desert lavender are making a beautiful showing as well.

Feb. 5, 2015 DUSA reports: We were in the park and related area on 2/4/15. We saw lots of green and a few wildflowers starting to bloom, it is still early. There seems to be less Sahare mustard weed this year, this weed can interfere with the native wildflowers. Coyote Canyon area and Henderson Canyon Road.




The start of Coyote Canyon


View from Henderson Canyon Rd

Feb. 1, 2015 Randy reports: I drove the four wheel drive road from Di Giorgio road to Desert Gardens. At the beginning of the unpaved road to Desert Gardens there are many green plants growing on the ground but not yet blooming. ​


I did spot very few Sand Verbena, Brittle Bush, Creosite Bush, Chuparosa, and a few other small flowers in bloom. Ocotillo are starting to bloom near Desert Gardens with some plants having just a few red buds on the tips of the branches. I did find one, right off the road, with a twisted branch growing down instead of up​, and flowers at about eye level.


Jan 30, 2015 ABDNHA Reports: Desert lilies are beginning to bloom in Borrego Springs along Henderson Canyon Road, mostly between S-22 and Borrego Valley Road. Only a few are in bloom now, but this area looks promising for wide spread bloom of lilies in a few weeks or so. Also... Rain this week increases the chance that this will be the best flower year out of the past several.


Jan 26, 2015 DUSA Reports: Rain is forecast for the park today. A light sprinkling of rain early this morning

Jan 26, 2015 CTS Reports: Anza Borrego - wash just west of the Palm Canyon Campground was showing Desert Lavender, lots of buds and it rained when I was there. 1-8-2015 took this pic. Chuparosa was blooming with many buds also. Look for the Hummingbirds working both species. Costa's and Anna's both visited our feeder.

Special word of Thanks to "Tom" for ID of the ambrosia acanthicarpa, bur ragweed , I submitted from Arizona November 2014. Appreciate the help and knowledge.


Jan 12, 2015 Dan Reports: Overall flowering was sparse, but thousands of annual seedlings were germinating, for instance white fiesta flower. If conditions don't dry out, peak season could be good. Regardless, it's always good to hike in the desert. Here are some photos from Anza Borrego.


At Coyote Canyon: Ocotillo, Fouquieria splendens

Jan. 3 at Elephant Tree trail: Hyptis emoryi, desert lavender

Cholla in snow near Wee Peak, about 3,500 ft. Elev.

Desert daisy, Perityle emoryi

Justica californica, Chuparosa

Jan 1, 2015 DUSA Reports: The end of the year storm brough rain to the park, looks good for next year wildflower season. Visitors are reporting water in Cougar, Sheep, and Indian Canyons. Some wildflowers have been spotted. Here is a picture from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park boundary near Ranchita. December 31

It also rained in some of the lower elevations.

 


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