Wild in Arizona just posted new wildflower reports for Arizona. The numbers refer to locations in their book. Here are the highlights:
- The Joshua trees north of Wickenburg along Highway 93 are starting to bloom, especially beyond the picnic area. I didn’t have a chance to check out Tres Alamos Wilderness (location #16 in our book), but I’d assume with confidence the Joshua trees there and in this area will continue to show their big cream-colored blooms for at least the next two weeks.
- Nothing is blooming in Nothing yet (location #15).
- The south-facing rolling hills south of Lake Pleasant along Highway 74/Carefree Highway are starting to show solid patches of yellow – poppies appear to be blooming quite well here, but didn’t have time to check out Lake Pleasant (location #21) proper to learn of the progress there.
- Paul spent the week wandering around Cabeza Prieta, and though he captured some spectacular images of dune primrose and desert sand verbena, the area in bloom is very small and requires an arduous hike to see – not worth the long drive and safety risk. He also reported that Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument near Ajo (location # ) is a “no-show” for flowers this year.
- It seems we aren’t the only ones “wild about wildflowers” this year! We’ve received some encouraging news from our blog readers within the last few days, including:
- the Arizona Trail near the Picketpost Mountains outside of Superior as well as the roadsides near Florence Junction (location #34) has poppies and lupines.
- poppies are showing along the Go John Trail (location #25).
- one tiny patch of poppies along the Jacob’s Crosscut Trail in Lost Dutchman State Park (location #31), but not much else in the Superstitions area.
see all of their reports at Wild in Arizona.