Texas - Wildflower Report
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Feb 24, 2017 Barbara and Ende report: Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park Feb 18-20, 2017. This is a collage of many of the wildflowers. Most were small. They were common along the roadsides and in washes. It appeared the season was going to continue and there was rain on Feb 19. On Feb 20, I saw the first ocotillo buds.
Feb 9, 2017 Big Bend National Park reports: Blooming now! Tansyleaf aster (Machaeranthera tanacetifolia) was spotted this week at Gravel Pit and near the Hot Springs.
Feb 5, 2017 Big Bend National Park reports: The first of this season's Bluebonnets have begun to sprout along trails and roadsides. Taller than most Bluebonnets, the Big Bend Bluebonnet (Lupinus havardii) usually blooms Feb-April. To help protect these new blooms while driving safely on park roads, pull over onto paved or gravel pullouts. Watch for many more blooms to come!
Jan 30, 2017 Big Bend National Park reports: A light dusting of snow settled on the Chisos Mountains on the 28th and the roads crew were busy. The first of the Bluebonnets have started to sprout up!
Jan 1, 2017 DUSA reports: Some rain in the Big Bend area a good start for the upcoming wildflower season.
May 7, 2016 Big Bend National Park Reports: Blooming now! Havard Penstemon (Penstemon havardii) blooms through much of the spring, summer, and fall in mid to high elevations. These red flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds, while finches and songbirds are known to perch on the stalks and remove the flowers to access nectar
April 29, 2016 Big Bend National Park Reports: Blooming now! Tree cholla (Cylindropuntia imbricata) have knobby green stems which can store water, allowing this species to bloom even in our current dry conditions. The bright pink flowers are great pollinator attractants.
April 7, 2016 Big Bend National Park Reports: Blooming now! The brightly colored flowers of the Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) and Blind Prickly Pear (Opuntia rufida) are especially beautiful at sunset along the Hot Springs Canyon Rim Trail.
April 1, 2016 Big Bend National Park Reports: Texas Mountain Laurel (Sephora segundiflora) and Texas Buckeye (Ugnadia speciosa) were in bloom full force along the Window Trail this week. Feel free to share any great pictures of flowers you've seen!
March 14, 2016 Richard Reports: Big Bend River Road 3/10/16
March 11, 2016 Big Bend National Park Reports: Blooming now! Berlandier's Toadflax (Linum berlandieri var. filifolium) is blooming now in lower elevations. These beautiful cream-orange flowers are lined with rich red and white bands, making a striking composition.
March 5, 2016 Big Bend National Park Reports: Bluebonnets (Lupinus havardii) are blooming along road edges in lower elevations, and should peak in mid-elevations in 1-2 weeks. A neat adaptation of these lupines is the changing hood color: the pale yellow turns to red when the flower is pollinated, keeping pollinators more attracted to unfertilized flowers.
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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