Yuma and Tucson Area in Arizona
Where to Find the Wildflowers
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2021 Southern AZ Wildflowers Locations and Pictures
April 2 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reports: With a dry summer and winter, there's less wildflowers than usual this year. But if you look closely you can still see pops of color around the park.
If you come by the visitor center, you can catch several species in bloom, like this Parry's Penstemon and the yellow brittlebush blooming in the background. Other places to visit are the canyons in the Ajo Mountains, including Arch Canyon and Estes Canyon.
Feb 15 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reports: Do you like looking for rare plants? If you do, then you may enjoy hunting for the elusive “shrub live oak” in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
Quercus turbinella is commonly found in semi-arid parts of the Southwestern United States, but it makes only a rare appearance here. It usually takes the form of a shrub, but sometimes appears as a tree up to 15 feet tall with a trunk several feet thick. Its leaves are reminiscent of holly and they usually stay on the plant year-round which is characteristic of a “live oak.” Like all oaks, it produces acorns, but you may not see any as they are a favorite food of many animals and birds that will pick them off as soon as they ripen.
Some botanists have actually awarded our local oak its own special designation, “Ajo Oak” (Quercus ajoensis), because of taxonomic details not obvious to the casual observer. Look for this stunning oak in Alamo Canyon, Arch Canyon, and in the higher elevations of the Ajo Range.
Photo/ Ranger Mike
Feb 9 Picacho Peak State Park reports: We're expecting a very low-key wildflower season this year compared to recent seasons! Wildflowers like plenty of water in the winter, and a dry season means you'll only see a few on the path—please leave them be, so we can have a great wildflower show next year!
Feb 9 Saguaro National Park reports: Thanks to our long-term volunteers and interns who have diligently helped remove fountain grass from our beautiful desert streams this winter. Pulling out this tough, invasive grass helps restore native plants and reduce desert fires. While we are still not able to start up volunteer group weed pulls due to Covid, we appreciate our regular volunteers who are helping us out in small groups every weekend!
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