Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 17, 2017

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 2/15/17

Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association has two new reports for Feb. 15

February 15, 2017  Carrizo West Fork Palms – Hiking Details
We’ve never been in this Carrizo canyon fork, when there was any bloom, so it was time to correct this.
Glad we did, again the Carrizo canyon is good, with many interesting flowers we’ve been missing for a long time. And the Bigelow’s monkey flower, Mimulus bigelovii bigelovii, generally only with one flower, are amazingly big for the desert.

(please note this is Carrizo in Anza- Borrego Desert State Park NOT Carrizo Plain National Monument)

Gloriieta Canyon – Hiking Details
We noticed flowers posted from Glorietta canyon, so we changed our plans, go where the flowers are.
Within 10 minutes we found over 30 blooming plants, that’s very good.
By far the biggest plants and best bloom is from where the road enters the wash up to the end of the road.
Further on along our route we added flowers gradually.  A good number of Rockcrosoma where in bloom, the lotebush smell was very strong and pleasant, finding the snapdragon in bloom made our day. The canyon entrance is close to prime bloom but the surrounding area is still a couple of weeks behind.  Finally we got the best bloom of this season.  With the expected rain we should have prime bloom in the low desert between the end of February and the middle of March.

See photos at Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers Update

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