The Super Bloom 2019 is underway in parts of Southern California and Arizona. After several heavy rain storms and the recent devastating wildfires, experts are predicting an exceptional wildflower season.
The Super Bloom has already started with reports of color popping up in San Diego County, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the southeast entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Reports from Arizona also indicate moderate displays appearing in the regions of Phoenix and Tucson. Picacho Peak State Park, Lost Dutchman State Park and Catalina State Park are some of the best locations in Arizona to experience the Super Bloom 2019.
DesertUSA is keeping a log of wildflower reports submitted by readers. The challenging question is when will the wildflower displays peak? Every location is different. Altitude and weather are factors that effect the duration and timing of the colorful wildflower displays.
The flowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are just starting to crop up. Officials at the Park predict the wildflower blooms will peak around the second week in March.
Joshua Tree National Park is at a higher elevation and received snow fall during the Valentine’s Day storm. The vegetation at the higher elevations will appear later in the season. You can still view some good color at the southeast edge of Joshua Tree National Park. The road in from I-10 to the Cottonwood Visitor’s Center usually has great wildflower displays along the edge of the mountains and dry washes. A short hike in the washes along Cottonwood Springs should also have a nice variety of wildflowers.
Check out DesertUSA’s Wildflower Reports for up-to-date information on the bloom throughout the desert regions. E-mail your digital photos and reports to Jim@desertusa.com. Use Wildflower Report as the subject of your e-mail. Let us know where you took the photo and the date. We’ll post them on our wildflower reports. Thanks for your support and photos.