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Jan 31, 2014 Big Bend NP Reports: Habitats within Big Bend National Park support over 1300 plant taxa (about 1200 species). Hundreds of these species and varieties are showy, fragrant, or unique-looking enough to be generally categorized as “wildflowers”. In the Big Bend, there are usually two major flowering periods per year—spring and late summer/early fall. The spring flower season, because it depends largely on the amount and timing of winter precipitation, is less predictable than the summer/fall season, which is fueled by the dependable summer monsoon.

Even some snow fell in the park this month, only lasted a few hours.


2014 Reports

June 1, 2014 Texas Parks and Wildlife - Lake Somerville Birch Creek State Park reports: Birch Creek buck in the flowers this week.

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April 15, 2014 Texas Parks and Wildlife reports: Red Tide rolling in, the good kind at Lake Somerville Birch Creek State Park.


April 15, 2014 DUSA reports: The Bluebonnet are blooming now in Texas for more information see

March 29, 2014 - Texas Parks and Wildlife - Lake Somerville Birch Creek State Park reports: You could go to the mall, watch TV, lay on the couch or you could take a walk through miles of bluebonnets on the Somerville Trailway this weekend. Photograph was taken Tuesday the 25th, peek bloom is coming.


March 24, 2014 - Texas Bluebonnet Sightings FB reports: They ARE blooming in Ennis- along I-45...although, a little slower than last year. They should be beautiful in a couple of weeks..- in Brenham Tx. area -- Indian Paintbrushes have invaded! Bluebonnets are still taking their sweet time so y'all can let up on the bit -- but the Paints are putting on a show! We're still in town checking on more fields.

March 10, 2014 - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center reports: While cooler than usual weather may delay the wildflower season in some parts of Texas, the good news is that many areas should have great blooms, and a few already show the first stirrings of spring. “All signs point to a good wildflower season,” said Damon Waitt, the senior botanist at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and also the center’s senior director. “We've had good fall precipitation and good winter precipitation in many parts of the state — not just rain, but sleet and snow as well.”

Highway 123 south of Seguin the Dugger Cemetery has a blanket of Drummond phlox, Texas groundsel and other wildflowers. And along Highway 37 north of Corpus Christi some large patches of emerging Texas bluebonnets have been sighted, as well as pink evening primrose.

Along the River Road between Presidio and Lajitas and elsewhere in Presidio and southern Brewster counties, Big Bend bluebonnet and Torrey yucca are among the wildflowers spotted in early bloom. Meanwhile, the Texas Panhandle has been quite dry with very little snow, and early spring rain may be needed to help wildflowers flourish.

Feb 24, 2014 - Texas Parks and Wildlife reports: Spotted in Bastrop a flower in bloom. Bastrop, Texas is a unique blending of old and new. Nestled on the banks of the Colorado River.

Jan 13, 2014 - DUSA reports: Some rain in Western Texas, though there are no wildflower reports to date. Most blooms will start in March.


2013 Reports

Feb 11, 2013 Texas Parks and Wildlife reports: Bluebonnets are popping near Big Bend Ranch State Park in west Texas, just in time for the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest Feb 14-16.

Feb 3, 2013 Ann reports: Taken January 29th at Hot Springs area in Big Bend National Park.



Jan 24, 2013 DUSA reports: The area around Big Bend National Park has been getting rain and snow, could be good for wildflowers this year.

Oct 12, 2012 DUSA reports: Guadalupe River State Park - watch for Wood-Sorrel blooming throughout the park!


Oct 3, 2012 DUSA reports: Rain storms are poping up in the Big Bend National Park area.

Sept 18, 2012 Texas Parks & Wildlife reports: Have you ever heard of the Fifth Season? It's one of the Big Bend region's best-kept secrets. In late summer, gentle rains coming up from Mexico blanket the desert in green and many varieties of plants and wildflowers seem to explode in color overnight. The pleasant temperatures and lack of crowds make it the ideal time to visit Big Bend Ranch State Park.

June 1 2012 Julie reports: Wildflowers Highway 71 west of Llano, TX.



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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Photos tips: Most digital point-and-shoot cameras have a macro function - usually symbolized by the icon of a little flower. When you turn on that function, you allow your camera to get closer to the subject, looking into a flower for example. Or getting up close and personal with a bug. More on desert photography.

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