Joshua Tree NP, Palm Springs and Nearby Preserves - 2023 Wildflower Reports
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2023 Joshua Tree National Park and nearby
Feb 3 2023 DesertUSA Reports: A few wildflowers have been reported at the southern entrance near the Cottonwood Visitor Center. From the park's website: Wildflowers may begin blooming in the lower elevations of the Pinto Basin and along the park's south boundary in February and at higher elevations in March and April. Desert regions above 5,000 feet may have plants blooming as late as June.
Jan 17 2023 DesertUSA Reports: More rain fell in the park, the wildflower outlook is good at this point in time.
Jan 9 2023 DesertUSA Reports: The Park received a some of rain last week. More rain is foretasted for this week. Wildflowers may begin blooming in the lower elevations of the Pinto Basin and along the park's south boundary in February and at higher elevations in March and April. Desert regions above 5,000 feet may have plants blooming as late as June.
Jan 1 2023 DUSA Reports: 20% chance of rain today in the park.
2022 Joshua Tree National Park and nearby
Sept 1 2022 DUSA Reports: Heavy rain in the early part of the month. Some flooding on Pinto Basin road. Excessive heat warning for this week.
Apr 15 2022 Mary Reports: In Joshua National Park I found pretty pockets of fresh flowers blooming along Park Boulevard in the northern part of the park on April 5-9. While these were not big displays there was a good diversity of 30+ species blooming in this area including Desert Dandelion, Desert Gold Poppies, Claret Cup Cactus, Wallace's Woolly Daisy, Blue Dick, Coreopsis, Lupine, Cream Cups, Desert Star, Purple Mat, Chia, Trailing Windmill and Dune Evening Primrose.
I found fewer blooms south of Park Boulevard. However, the Cholla Garden was in bloom and I found Ocotillo, Beavertail and Hedgehog cactus in various places; some roadside blooms; a variety of blooming shrubs and a surprise wash in Wilson Canyon full of hundreds of poppies.
Mar 31 2022 Barbara Reports: First photo in Joshua Tree NP on March 25; the blooming beavertail is outside the Park, in Big Morongo Canyon Reserve.
Spring Blooming Periods
Lower Elevations: 1,000 3,000 feet
YuccasMarch and April
AnnualsFebruary, March, and April
CactiMarch, April, and May
Higher Elevations: 3,000 5,000 feet
Joshua Trees and YuccasMarch and April
AnnualsMarch, April, and May
CactiApril, May, and June
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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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There are several ways to submit your photos and information to DesertUSA’s Wildflower Reports.
- 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 image, the date, and how you would like us to give you photo credit (first name, etc.)
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