DesertUSA has a number of new Arizona Wildflower Reports:
March 6, 2013 Bartlett Lake near Phoenix and the flowers are starting to bloom.
March 6, 2013 Superstition Mountains area – Firecracker Penstemon……The bloom is slowly beginning. I
March 6, 2013 Tucson Botanical Garden reports: The flowering plants are beginning to wake up after some hefty cold weather this year. In mid- to late February in Tucson, there is still a lot of brown on perennial plants until spring arrives. The wildflowers remain as flowerless seedlings until the heat arrives. However there are some very intense colors in the gardens right now. Hardenbergia violacea ‘Happy Wanderer’ is a tiny flower but this vining plant makes brilliant purple clusters. Justicia californica, known as yellow chuparosa, is a subtle yellow tubular flower, beautiful and interesting against the greyish green stems of the plant. This plant is attractive to hummingbirds.
March 4, 2013 Usery Mountain Regional Park reports: Wildflowers and shrubs currently blooming in the park: Brittlebush, chuparosa, combseed, desert marigold, fairy duster, fiddleneck, filaree, flat-top buckwheat, jojoba, Mexican gold poppy, popcorn flower, trixis, wild hyacinth (bluedicks), and wolfberry.
March 3, 2013 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum reports: Mexican gold poppies, silverbells, owl’s clover, and bladderpod mustard can be seen in the entrance planter. Perennial flowers such as Parry’s penstemon, brittlebush and fairy duster are also becoming abundant around the grounds.
Beyond the museum in the Tucson Mountains, windmill flower and wild hyacinth are just beginning to flower. A little further behind will be poppies, lupine, suncups, wild onion, and desert mariposa. Not to mention a veritable carpet of mustards, and borages.
See all DesertUSA reports and photos at: DesertUSA Wildflower Reports