Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 9, 2010

New Desert Wildflower Bloom Update

This is yet another updated summary of predictions for the 2010 desert wildflower season from a variety of wildflower, park and natural history websites, and calls and e-mails to visitor centers and hotlines.

Amboy Crater (near Amboy, CA and Route 66):  Good rainy season. Early March.

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve:  Will probably begin middle of March and be best beginning to middle of April. Just a few early poppies and forget-me-nots. Reserve is closed to all vehicles until at least March 1; gate is open to visitors entering on foot.  They will have updates later in season at their website: and hotline at: (661)-724-1180

Anza Borrego:  Currently predicting peak bloom will be second to third week of March.  Best spots are currently Coyote Canyon Road, Borrego Palm Canyon and east end of Henderson Canyon. Other spots to check out are Culp Valley, Plum Canyon, Fish Creek Badlands, Elephant Trees Trail and Palo Verde Wash and Arroyo Salado. Check previous postings at this blog for my personal observations. State park link for the wildflower update for March 4  Flower Update and Map March 4 2010.pdf Check the natural history association site: for photo galleries of this year’s bloom and additional information.

Carrizo Plain:  Spotting blooming including fiddleneck, goldfields and storksbill (non-native).  Look for peak in two weeks.

Death Valley: Rain continues and now predicting more flowers and a better season than earlier predictions.  Peak at the lower elevations in late March to early April.

Gorman/Tehachapi/ Tejon Ranch: Ft. Tejon rangers predict best in Gorman-Lebec area beginning May. ( )  From other things I have read this seems fairly late to me.

Hungry Valley:  The Ranger station says it is currently too cold for flowers. No reports for 2010 yet at website ,. ( ; 661-248-5700); will star posting when bloom gets going which is probably going to be the end of March. Tours begin in April

Joshua Tree:   As of March 1, the park site reports a slow start due to almost no fall rain but above average rain in winter.  Scattered bloom near south entrance.  Lots of green that will probably be in bloom in two weeks.  Currently, Joshua trees starting to bloom at higher elevations, Bladderpod in bloom near north entrance, Chuperosa on road near Cottonwood Octotillo in Pinto Basin

Mojave National Preserve: No reports of seeing anything yet.  Peak will probably be late March into April.  Mid Higher elevations will blooms into May. No reports for 2010 yet at website.

Red Rock State Park:  Rain good so far, will need more over next few weeks.  Most likely peak will be end of March into April, but too early to know for sure.

Short Canyon:  Had good rains.  Best blooming period should be the end of March to April

Nature Ali and Theodore Payne have begun posting their wildflower reports:

Nature Alley (Kern, Inyo, & Tulare Counties)

Theodore Payne Wildflower Hotline

California State Parks (a of list of a number of state parks that are good for wildflowers  and the bloom periods)

California Wildflower Hotsheet by Carol Leigh, covering all of California, and DesertUSA continue to post updates regularly throughout the week.

Carol Leigh’s California Wildflower Hotsheet (site closed)

DesertUSA – Desert Wildflower reports

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