Joshua Tree National Park‘s newest wildflower update:
Joshua Trees are now blooming along Park Boulevard from West Entrance to North Entrance and along Pinto Basin Road as far as White Tank Campground, as well as in and around Black Rock Canyon Campground.
The wildflower bloom is developing rapidly in Cottonwood Canyon and on the Bajada Nature Trail, both in the southern section of the Park, with more than 50 species reported, although generally just a few of each. Yellow bladderpod (Peritoma arborea) bushes along Pinto Basin Road and the red flower of the chuparosa (Justicia californica) bushes south of Cottonwood Visitor Center continue to be visible from the road. To find many other species you’ll need to get out and walk around a bit! Don’t forget that many wildflowers close overnight and don’t get up first thing in the morning - so after 10am is usually best for flower.
To see the full report with list of flowers in bloom, locations and abundance go to: Joshua TreeBlooming Wildflowers 5/15/2013