The Anza Borrego Natural History Association posted a new wildflower report yesterday (Feb. 14, 2011). Anza-Borrego Wildflowers Winter 2011 It states:
“There are good flowers to be seen in the Borrego Valley right now, particularly in such west-side canyons as Little Surprise, Borrego Palm, and Henderson. Along the Coyote Canyon Jeep Trail, the blossoms now extend into Desert Gardens, with Desert Dandelion, Brown-Eyed Primrose, and lots of Cryptantha leading the way. Phacelia distans is everywhere.
It’s been a few yards east of the Coyote Canyon Jeep Trail, at the ridge north of Coyote Mountain and past Alcoholic Pass in Desert Gardens, that we have found the most diversity. We have come across clump after clump of California Fagonia, and several Desert Hibiscus plants in flower. One little slope on the ridge was nicely dotted with Ghost Flowers. Among the stand-bys were California Primrose, Desert Pincushion, Sand Verbena (it was nice to see it stretched out and trailing in spots where there was no Sahara Mustard), Spectacle Pod, Spanish Needles, Arizona Lupine, Desert Chicory, Whispering Bells (one plant stood a good two feet tall!), Emory’s Rock Daisy, Trailing Windmills, Wishbone Bush, Monkey Flower, Parish’s Gold-Poppy, Pygmy Gold-Poppy, and Greene’s Ground Cherry. Among the perennial shrubs, we noted some Ocotillo in flower, a lot of Creosote with buds and flowers, bees enjoying the new flowers on Desert Lavender, Cheesebush full of tightly closed flowers starting to open into attractive fruit, and Brittlebush, some in flower, some waiting to burst into flower on the slopes in a few weeks.
South of the Borrego Valley, things are slowly starting to stir. Desert Apricot is flowering nicely in Cool Canyon and Plum Canyon. A few Fishhook Cactus flowers remain from a few weeks ago, and in Plum Canyon a few purple flowers remain on Turpentine Broom while Fiesta Flower and Rigid Fiddleneck are starting to appear in the shadows. The Elephant Tree area is off to a much slower start than last year, although Wishbone Bush and Barrel Cactus are in flower.”