Texas - Wildflower Report
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April 7, 2017 Big Bend National Park reports: Blooming now! The spiny-fruited cactus (Opuntia spinosibacca) is common along the Upper Hot Spring Trail in the park, but is otherwise quite rare. This cactus is known only to grow in the hot, dry limestone substrates of Southern Brewster county. Suitable habitat for the spiny-fruited cactus exist in Mexico, however, this cactus has not yet been documented there. The attractive red spines and yellow flowers make this prickly pear cactus a welcome sight along the trails.
April 5, 2017 Big Bend National Park reports: Now that spring has arrived, the cactus bloom has begun! The Texas rainbow cactus (Echinocereus dasyacanthus) thrives on rocky limestone slopes in the lowlands and typically blooms between March and May. As the cactus grows, the stem forms annual rings of subtle contrasting 'rainbow' colors. Keep an eye out for these fun cactus while exploring the desert trails in Big Bend.
Prickly Pear cactus throughout the park have begun to grow numerous, lush, young pads.These baby pads are actually rapidly-growing flattened stems. Before the sharp spines appear in a few weeks, the pads are fairly soft to the touch. Young prickly pear pads provide a delicious and important food source to many wildlife, including bears and javelinas.
March 10, 2017 Big Bend National Park reports: Blooming now! Mexican navelseed and lyreleaf twistflower were spotted along the saddle trail up to the Mesa de Anguila. NPR photos
March 6, 2017 Big Bend National Park reports: The Bluebonnets and Yuccas have started, with a few others as well. Our Fall wildflowers are more reliable due to the late summer monsoons. Because Spring Break is so busy in the park, coming in April might be a good option for wildflowers and fewer crowds, but the flowers are nice right now, too.
March 3, 2017 Jonny reports: These pictures were taken March 01, 2017 on Escondido Ranch near Freer Texas.
Feb 24, 2017 Barbara and Ende report: Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park Feb 18-20, 2017. This is a collage of many of the wildflowers. Most were small. They were common along the roadsides and in washes. It appeared the season was going to continue and there was rain on Feb 19. On Feb 20, I saw the first ocotillo buds.
Feb 9, 2017 Big Bend National Park reports: Blooming now! Tansyleaf aster (Machaeranthera tanacetifolia) was spotted this week at Gravel Pit and near the Hot Springs.
Feb 5, 2017 Big Bend National Park reports: The first of this season's Bluebonnets have begun to sprout along trails and roadsides. Taller than most Bluebonnets, the Big Bend Bluebonnet (Lupinus havardii) usually blooms Feb-April. To help protect these new blooms while driving safely on park roads, pull over onto paved or gravel pullouts. Watch for many more blooms to come!
Jan 30, 2017 Big Bend National Park reports: A light dusting of snow settled on the Chisos Mountains on the 28th and the roads crew were busy. The first of the Bluebonnets have started to sprout up!
Jan 1, 2017 DUSA reports: Some rain in the Big Bend area a good start for the upcoming wildflower season.
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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