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2015 Southern AZ Wildflower Reports

Mar 1, 2015 Tom Reports: Lupine is starting to bloom in Catalina SP near Tucson. This picture is from Wed, Feb 26.

Feb 28, 2015 Anton Reports: There are many large patche's of Poppies on Barrett Loop. The south side of Picacho Peak is also very beautiful, not as many Poppies, but very bright yellow blooming Brittlebush.

Feb 27, 2015 Danielle Reports: FEB 26,2015 Picture Rocks Road at the Cam Boh Trail pullout (Saguaro NP). Poppies are beginning to bloom but many more are on their way. I saw Blue Dicks on the South side of the road in a decent profusion and a bare few Lupine beginning to greet the viewer. The ground is fairly covered in green. As you drive up the south side of the road, toward the city, the lupine came out along the road side, the slight increase in elevation perhaps? Or maybe extra sun exposure. A fair bit of Jewel Flower as well as the low yellow covering (not sure what that is called). I did drive the loop from Gates Pass down to Sandario Rd and across to Picture Rocks road. Not much blooming on that loop until the area described above. Just a few poppies showing there faces toward the top of Gates Pass on the East side. globe Mallow are in full bloom all over the are but not in particular profusion as yet.

Feb 26, 2015 Charles Reports: Linda Vista Trail, Oro Valley. 2/24/15 A lot more going on in the past week. I don't know if this morning rain had anything to do with it. The Ocotillo are just about ready. Also saw Bluedicks, Fairy Duster, Fiddlenecks.

Feb 24, 2015 Greg Reports: Feb 21, Sunset Vista Trail, Picacho Peak. The poppies are a bit further along than last weekend, but still not the dense blankets some may hope for. Lupine were a few inches taller but, again, not all that dense. Brittlebush everywhere. I'm no botanist, but I get the impression that one more rain event wouldn't be a bad thing. Plenty of other sporadic flowers to be found if you look. Couldn't identify this small purple fellow...

Feb 24, 2015 Vonda Reports: These photos were taken in Saguaro National Park East on February 23, 2015, near Tucson, Arizona.

Feb 22, 2015 Suzanne Reports: Went out to Picacho Peak State Park today (2/21/15) and took these.

Feb 21, 2015 Tom Reports: Globemallow blooming near Alamo Canyon in Catalina State Park near Tucson.

Feb 21, 2015 Matthew Reports: Thanks for publishing the wildflower updates. I was super excited to get out today and check out some of the state parks. Here are some pictures I took at Picacho Peak and Catalina State Parks. IMG 1568 and 1491 were taken near the Cholla Ramada in Picacho Peak State Park. IMG 1524 was taken in Catalina State Park on the Romero Canyon Trail.

Feb 20, 2015 Pat Reports: February 15, 2015, along Ajo Highway between Ryan Field and Robles Junction. These poppies stretched for several miles along the south side of the road. It's in southern Arizona, SW of Tucson, close to Kitt Peak.


Feb 20, 2015 Jim Reports: Picacho Peak State Park has lots of wildflowers in bloom. Yellow Poppies and Purple Lupine flowers. Clouds, milder temps and rain this weekend should help the carpet of millions of tiny white buds start to sprout in the coming week.

Feb 17, 2015 Tom Reports: Saw Blue Dicks (Desert Hyacinth) blooming in Catalina State Park - Feb 16.

Here’s a photo of Mexican Goldpoppy that is starting to emerge in Catalina State Park near Tucson. This is at the beginning of the Romero Ruins Trail in the park.

Feb 17, 2015 Dene Reports: Took these 2-14 at Picacho Peak.

Feb 16, 2015 Greg Reports: The entire mountain is covered in green. Scattered poppies are everywhere, and small, somewhat thin fields of poppies can be found without too much effort.. There is one nice poppy field about a 3/4 mile from the Sunset Vista trail head. The flower density within these fields is eye catching, but isn't anywhere near peak.

Feb 9, 2015 Penny Reports: Picachio Peak State Park, AZ taken Thursday, Feb 5 2015


Feb 7, 2015 Ann Reports: This is Picacho peak at the start of the hunter trail yesterday. The poppies, brittle bush and fiddle necks r starting. It will be good in a few days since it is hot here now.

Feb 1, 2015 DUSA Reports: More rain in the Tucson Area last week.

Jan 12, 2015 DUSA Reports: No reports so far, they are getting rain.





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