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2017 Southern AZ Wildflower Reports ‎

Feb 24, 2017 Bob reports: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. I've been in Organ Pipe for 3 days now...everything is very green, but despite what they said at the Visitor Center, nothing really in bloom yet. A couple of very small patches of poppies, a couple isolated brittle brush in bloom and that's about it. I would estimate at least a week, if not two until a major flower bloom.

Feb 22, 2017 Tom reports: The rains last weekend did the trick, the desert is finally blooming in Baja Arizona. I saw Mexican Goldpoppy, Blue Dicks and Desert Anemone on the trails in Catalina State Park (near Tucson) on Monday, 2/20/17.

Feb 20, 2017 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reports: In the past 48 hours, approximately 3 inches of rain have fallen at the Kris Eggle Visitor Center, most of what we expect for our winter rain season! The rocky desert soils do not absorb water well, so much of this flows into washes and roads. Be wary of any water in roadways and do not drive into flowing water until confident it is only a few inches deep.

Feb 18, 2017 Marion reports: Finger Rock Trail, Tucson, AZ February 17, 2017

Feb 18, 2017 Marion reports: We were hiking on the Estes Canyon--Bull Pasture loop trail in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument when we spotted the poppy and the purple flower in bloom. Rain is forecast for this weekend. Brittle bush is just starting to flower.

Feb 18, 2017 Catalina State Park reports: We the first Mexican gold poppies of the spring wildflower season!

Feb 18, 2017 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum reports: Our cactus garden is full of these bloomin' beauties! The Chihuahuan Snowball cactus (Thelocactus macdowellii) produces a beautiful and vibrant pink flower. Make sure to come visit this weekend to catch a glimpse of these prickly and precious plants!

Feb 18, 2017 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reports: We are spotting Mexican Gold Poppies, Fairy Dusters, and Brittlebush blossoms, to name a few!

Feb 18, 2017 Saguaro National Park reports: Fairy dusters have started to bloom! There are two types of Fairy Dusters but, the native species's bloom go from white to red. This woody short shrub can be found at both districts of the park. Since the West district is at a lower elevation, most flowers like the Fairy Duster will bloom earlier there and at a later time over at the East district.

 

Feb 15, 2017 Saguaro National Park reports: Jojoba's beautiful little yellow flowers grace us with their presence. These yellow flowers signify that this specfic jojoba is male and a female jojoba will produce the acorn shape nut. These upright leafed shrubs can be found all around the park (there is one blooming right outside the Red Hills Visitor Center)

Jan 30, 2017 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reports: While we've been reveling in the ocotillo growing leaves after the past couple winter rains, another desert plant has also been capitalizing on the good growing conditions. Jatropha cuneata, commonly known as limberbush, can grow and shed leaves multiple times in a year, changing from odd coral like sticks to vibrant bushes in a matter of days.

Jan 27, 2017 Squirrel Girl reports: West of Gila Bend, AZ on Jan 22, 2017

Jan 13, 2017 Saguaro National Park reports: Storms rolling in this weekend, be ready Tucson!

Jan 1, 2017 DUSA reports: More rain in the Tucson area and in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument this weekend good start for the upcoming wildflower season.

 


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