Texas - Wildflower Report
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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.
Feb 25 2016 Big Bend National Park Reports: Wildflowers are starting to bloom at the low elevations in the park! Mesa Greggia, Desert Baileya, and Havard Nama were spotted this weekend along the Black Gap and River Roads.
Feb 17 2016 Big Bend National Park Reports: Got bluebonnets blooming at the #VictoriaEducationalGardens as well as other gorgeous Spring flowers. Looks like a great place for kids and family as well as pro photogs.
Feb 11 2016 Big Bend National Park Reports: As temperatures begin to warm into Spring, cactus blooms can be seen throughout the Park. These multi-stemmed Warnock cactus buds should bloom soon, a great hint of the spring to come! Photo taken near a pullout along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.
Feb 4 2016 Texas Parks and Wildlife Reports: Spotted last week - first bluebonnets of the year! These were spotted near the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park and are Big Bend bluebonnets. These bluebonnets are typically found in alluvial areas (near creek and river areas). A beautiful part of the landscape!
Feb 4 2016 Big Bend National Park Reports: The Powerline Fire continues to burn in the Park today after ignition from a downed powerline during gusty, hot winds around 5 PM Monday, Feb 1st. Due to more accurate mapping techniques by foot and helicopter using GPS yesterday, the new size estimate of the fire as of 5 PM Wednesday, Feb 3rd was 1,537 acres.
Jan 26, 2016 Big Bend National Park Reports: Winter can be a time of surprising weather in Big Bend! January is especially unpredictable, when one day might be sunny and warm and the next very cold with drizzling rain or snow. Be prepared for anything this week, from sunshine to freezing precipitation.
Jan 21, 2016 Big Bend National Park Reports: A little Spring has sprung in the desert after recent rains and snow! Desert Marigolds are prolific along the dirt River Road East, photo taken Friday 1/8
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