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2015 Wildflower Reports

April 23, 2015 Marsha Reports: I was startled to see the attached flower growing in the Sandia foothills. It is not a cultivated flower. right. I shot the photos along with these others along Copper Avenue and Tramway Boulevard in Albuquerque.

April 03, 2015 Aleksandra Reports: Agua Fria NM: Large fields of daisies and bluedicks, with mariposa lilies and prickly poppies ready to bloom. Watch out for evening primrose later in a day or early morning. Further east in Tonto NF, along Bloody Basin Rd (Rt 269) going on Cave Creek Rd (Rt 24): lots of mariposa lilies in three colors: orange, yellow and white; hedgehog cacti in bright purple, desert primrose, evening primrose, plumeseed, fleabane, doctorbush, yucca, and others too numerous to name, with red chuparosa, gold poppy, lupine, indian paintbrush and penstemon (firecracker and purple one) in some locations. Pictures taken 3/29/15

Mar 26. 2015 Margy Reports: Hills south of Virdin, NM on route 92 on March 23, 2015 Amazing crop this year!

Mar 23. 2015 Daniel Reports: Photos taken in the Florida Mountains on 3/15/15

Mar 19. 2015 Jim Reports: These images were taken last weekend (March 14-15) in the Florida Mtns south of Deming NM. While there are not a lot of wildflowers this year, some patches on the southern end of the range are large and very nice.

Mar 15. 2015 DesertUSA Reports: New Mexico Wildflowers on facebook reported I went on a walk-about today from the Copper Trailhead at the Albuquerque Open Space, hoping to find early-season wildflowers. All I found were these dead flowers

What are you seeing, are there any wildflowers in New Mexico this year?




2014 Wildflower Reports

Sept. 22, 2014 Beth reports: Flowering now...Grows about 10-12 inches elevation maybe 7000 ft. Near the Harding Mine. Northern NM

Sept. 10, 2014 Kal reports: Found this in Albuquerque New Mexico

Sept. 1, 2014 CTS reports: Westside Albuquerque, in the arroyo along Irving Blvd. (8/26/14) Have forgotten the name of these gold flowers but there were lots of flax flowered gilia along with them. Sorry the focus on my phone wasn't great.

May 27, 2014 CTS reports: Area around Chama, NM recieved some rain last night. Have found few blooms, high country still in patchy snow. Corn Lily just about 4" high. Bloomfield and Angel Peak Scenic Area have some isolated areas of color. Rte 550 South from Bloomfield - Globe Mallow is adding its show! Angel Peak-Castle Rock Picnic Area was a surprising show! Mariposa Lily, Beardtongue, Paintbrush, and others if one looks. Wind was howling, sorry for blur in photo's



May 15, 2014 CTS reports: Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque, New Mexico Most of the Scorpion Weed is past prime and drying fast. Some flowers alongside of Interstate 40 & 25. Trip on the Turquoise Trail yeilded some beautiful Paintbrush, Phlox and several others. All areas are extremely dry!


May 5, 2014 Bill reports: Taken May 1, 2014 near McGaffey, NM in the Zuni Mountains.

Zuni Mountain Milk Vetch
Zuni Mountain Milk Vetch

May 2, 2014 George reports: These pictures were taken in Railroad Canyon – Gila National Forest (Black Range) on April 23,2014


April 30, 2014 Gary reports: I found these Desert Primrose in the Bear Canyon Arroyo at the base of the Sandia Mountains which is on the east side of Albuquerque, NM. This image was taken on 25 April and after walking the area several times recently, would say about peak flowering.

desert primrose

April 22, 2014 Daniel reports: We have poppies in Luna County in decent numbers, BUT.... except for a few sparse patches along the roadsides approaching the Floridas foothills, they all seem to be in our yard! I know, weird. First ones showed up in February. Aren't we the lucky ones?



Jan 13, 2014 DUSA reports: No reports at this date. E-mail your digital photos and reports to Use Wildflower Report as the subject of your e-mail.


2013 Wildflower Reports

Aug 2, 2013 Joseph reports: Found these in Gobernador, New Mexico - Fishhook cactus

April 9, 2013 Benjamin reports: I took these pictures on 4/4/13 (afternoon) outside of Payson, NM, just off of southbound AZ87 and north of Mesa, AZ.



May 9, 2012 Jack reports: Took this picture 5/7/12 in Santa Fe, NM

Mar 7, 2012 Bruce reports: The attached photograph of poppies for Desert USA Wildflower Report was taken in the San Simon Valley, south of Highway 9, on the east towards the base of the Pelloncillo mountains. The photograph was taken on 3/16/12 and is under a Creative Commons license for non-commercial use.

Mar 7, 2012 Daniel reports: West facing slopes of the Little Floridas from our back yard If my memory is correct, this is a lot more poppies a lot earlier than 2 years ago, which means this will be a big, big year!

I can also verify the reports of the massive fields of poppies already along the west side of US54 in El Paso near Trans Mountain road. Saw them two days ago.We'll be taking a drive around the Floridas tomorrow or Sunday, so should have some more to share soon.

Mar 7, 2012 Donald reports: Echinomastus Intertextus blooming in Las Cruces, NM

Mar 6, 2012 Mike reports: Wildflowers have started blooming in Southern New Mexico and Far West Texas. On February 25th, mexican gold poppies were carpeting a few east-facing slopes of the Peloncillo Mountains just north of Steins. There were also a few patches of poppies along Highway 9 west of Columbus.

March 5th: Patches of poppies can be found around Rockhound State Park, east of Deming, NM. A few splotches are showing up on the west-facing slopes of the Little Florida Mountains near the park.

Farther south, poppies are widespread along the east side of the Florida Mountains, well south of Spring Canyon State Park along Gap Road.

Also, there's reports of poppies blooming in Northeast El Paso, TX, along the east slopes of the Franklin Mountains north of Loop 375.

Jan 23, 2012 Liz reports: The plants that he took pictures of are Tripterocalyx carneus (Nyctaginaceae), the winged sandpuff. They are easily identified to genus by their three-winged anthocarp. They are common in sandy washes, even at high elevation.

Based on geography, I believe Galloway would call this T. wootonii, but I agree with Rich Spellenberg's treatment in the Intermountain Flora that this is T. carneus var. carneus.

When will the desert wildflowers bloom? We start our report in January, plan your visit to coincide with the peak of the bloom - keep up to date with DesertUSA's Wildflower Reports. Be sure to bookmark this page for weekly updates.

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