Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 24, 2017

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 2/21/17

Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers Update has two new posts with photos

February 21, 2017 Ash Wash Loop – Hiking Details


Time to check out Coyote canyon and we never hiked the Ash wash this month. We where surprised to see a good flow of water at zero crossing, this time they made a drainage, so the road was not longer muddy.
The first stretch has flower fields of smaller Brown eyed primrose, Chylismia claviformis peirsonii and some Dune evening primrose, Oenothera deltoides deltoides.

Parking at second crossing, hiking up Ash wash and looping back along the ridge, along the route California fagonia, Fagonia laevis in high numbers.  Going down we noticed the very high number of Woody bottlewasher, Eremothera boothii condensata.

Further to third crossing, the amount of water in second crossing is interesting and deep.
Parking just before the summer gate and hiking along the water adding a couple of flowering plants.
There always seems to be one Hooker’s evening primrose, Oenothera elata hirsutissima in bloom at third crossing.
Last stop Henderson canyon rd, a couple of Dune evening primrose, Oenothera deltoides deltoides and Desert sunflower, Geraea canescens, plants are doing great and they keep on growing, expect bloom soon.

February 21, 2017 Henderson Canyon

What’s prettier than drifts of monkey flowers among the rocks?  Monkey flowers with pygmy poppies and whispering bells!  We spotted lots of nice plants beginning to flower this morning in Henderson Canyon:  Chickory, trailing windmills, rock daisy, chuparosa, mammalaria, phacelia, desert dandelion, California suncup and even a few lupine in bloom, although most of the lupine plants do not yet even have buds.

See photos at Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers Update

 

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