Joshua Tree NP - Wildflower Reports
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2017 Joshua Tree Wildflower Reports
March 27, 2017 Mark reports: We took a few photos 3/25/17 just past the east entrance of JTNP (The Twentynine Palms side) yesterday. These were taken on the west side of the road within a mile from the entrance. Off the road you will see wildflowers galore including Canterberry Bells, Gold Poppy, Chia, Desert Pincushion, Desert Dandelion, Apricot Mallow and many more. Also the Yucca (at or just past peak) and Beavertail Cactus (not quite at peak) are blooming. The hills on the west side of the road are covered in yellow. The show of flowers lasts about four miles in and then dies down. At the west end (Joshua Tree Side) the Desert Dandelions and the Desert Sand Verbena are just now popping out while the Joshua Trees are past bloom., although you will still see a few with flowers. To see the most flowers you have to get out of your car and walk away from the main road.
March 27, 2017 Reid reports: These are from Cholla cactus garden
March 27, 2017 Velvet reports: Joshua Tree National Park March 26, 2017
March 27, 2017 Anna reports: We visited Joshua Tree 3/24/17 , going via Mecca and Box Canyon Road. A lot of the lupins had finished in Box Canyon.However the upper part was worth it and the Palo Verde trees were wonderful. Some lovely flowers on the road - Brittle bush spectacular and some good blazing star. 5-spots were coming out on the way back.
The south entrance to Joshua Tree was a carpet of flowers. However, the park ranger said the flowers further on were sporadic. Well, there were patches without flowers but there ware magnificent places. Look for dirty patches of squashed caterpillars on the road. Plentiful flowers will be, or were near.
Lots of desert lilies especially near fried liver wash. Masses of desert mallow - some enormous bushes. We kept stopping. Some nice patches of purple mat and more Wallace’s eriophyllum with desert stars. Good Chuperosa and Jimson weed. Canterbury bells and other Phacelia. Innumerable daisies.
We only went as far as Skull rock. Not much from the ocotillo patch till above the cholla garden.
March 23, 2017 Robin reports: Here are a few photos I took at Joshua Tree NP yesterday (March 22) … off the I-10 near Cottonwood. We drove all the way through from Cottonwood to the West entrance. No heavy concentrations of wildflowers other than near Cottonwood.
Here are some photos I took (March 22) off Box Canyon Road.
March 22, 2017 Hannah reports: Here are some photos from the north side of Hwy 62, about 20 miles or so east of Twentynine Palms, taken (Wed March 22)
March 21, 2017 Jeff reports: As others have noted; lots of blooming along Hwy. 10 as you enter the park from the south, and then for the first mile or so heading into the park. Large quantities of beavertail cactus, chia, and chuparosa. The joshua trees themselves, and cholla, were also showing good quantities of blooms as you head further northwards. Some huge joshua blooms also.
March 20, 2017 Mac reports: Wildflowers are on southen end of the park at this time.
March 17, 2017 Marjie reports: On March 15 we marveled at the countless number of vibrant species on the park entrance road just north of the 10 freeway. We estimate the full display extended for about a mile. We drove further north to the Visitors' Center, where the staff reported the bloom in other park areas was "sparse."
March 17, 2017 Barb reports: We started at the entrance to Joshua tree on the south end and went north as far as the visitor’s center where we turned around to drive into Anza Borrego State Park.
South end of Joshua Tree Park
We headed south through Box Canyon which was rife with flowers including these Desert Stars.
March 15, 2017 Steve reports: took a drive from Jct of Hwy 62 and I-10 to Bajada Nature Trail at S. entrance to JTNP, then down box canyon to Mecca. Desert Dandelion starts in median and on N shoulder of I-10 just east of Hwy 62. Flowers between Date Palm and Bob Hope on N shoulder and hills to the north of I-10 especially good. Various flowers along I-10 were Desert Dandelion, Brittlebush, sand verbena, Apricot Mallow, and Lupines with some others. Nowhere along I-10 between Hwy 62 and South entrance to JTNP was out of sight of wildflowers.
At Bajada Nature Trail – there is a huge (over 200 buds/flowers) beavertail cactus in the island between the road and the parking area – many people were taking pictures. Chuparosa also in good bloom, along with bladderpod, apricot mallow, desert dandelion (especially under the ironwoods just south of the JTNP sign), Phaecelia, both kinds of desert poppies (minutiflora and glyptosperma – often growing next to each other), lupine and brittlebush. Brittlebush at this elevation not quite in fullest bloom (500’ lower it is in fullest bloom).
Box canyon road is lined with brittlebush in full bloom. Lots of poppies, phaecelia, lupine, bladderpod, some apricot mallow with expecially large flowers, some sand verbena, gravel ghost, suncups, desert tobacco, Emory’s rock daisy, brown-eyes, desert wishbone bush, purple mat, bigelow mimulus and more. The upper part of Box Canyon appears to be in fullest flower right now; the lower part appears past best flower. Desertgold was in the lower part, but not the upper part, and it was in flower but many plants were wilting.
March 14, 2017 Howard reports: Taken just off the Cottonwood Springs road just inside the Joshua Tree NP border on March 13th. The better blooms were higher up in the bajada before you enter the canyon.
March 13, 2017 Jim reports: Box Canyon Rd South of I10 is full of flowers. If you're near the South Joshua Tree National Park entrance this is a great little side trip.
March 12, 2017 Rob reports: These were taken by wandering a bit past the Bajada Nature Trail. I found it very difficult to make real nice compositions.
More 2017 report on page 2
Spring Blooming Periods
Lower Elevations: 1,000 3,000 feet
YuccasMarch and April
AnnualsFebruary, March, and April
CactiMarch, April, and May
Higher Elevations: 3,000 5,000 feet
Joshua Trees and YuccasMarch and April
AnnualsMarch, April, and May
CactiApril, May, and June
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