Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 2, 2017

Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers Updates 3/2/15

Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers Update reports March 1, 2017
Blow Sand Canyon Loop – 
Hiking Details

n Fault wash we found a big flower field of Notch leaf phacelia, Phacelia crenulata ambigua.
We cut accross, Una Palma time for a short hike. Unfortunately the singe palm died in 2015.
The goal was to find Mojave cleomella, Cleomella obtusifolia and we found plenty of those along our trail and the big surprise some in bloom.
Desert lily, Hesperocallis undulata are there in high numbers as everywhere else.
Desert sunflower, Geraea canescens, some in bloom, hundreds ready to go in the next weeks.
Comment”  The flower fields of Notch leaf Phacelia, crenulata ambigua, in the Borrego Badlands is a very rare event.  To get there: Fonts point to short wash to Fault wash.  4WD preferred to get to the startiing point.


Down the very wet Tule Wash, that was interesting driving a wash for the first time with no tire tracks and sinking a bit in the mud.
Tule wash was filled with Orcutt’s woody aster, Xylorhiza orcuttii, so that begs for a hike.
Turning right on Pole line, HWY 78 west.
The goal of this long drive was to find Western Sea-purslane, Sesuvium verrucosum in bloom, YES only the one plant we found before, in good bloom.
Later back to the linanthus jonesii and close to 5 p.m. we found one plant in bloom, added another blooming plant to our list.

See photos and older reports at 

Desert USA reports

We visited the Anza Borrago area on 2/1/17 the road to Coyote canyon is almost back to normal after the rain, this area has the most wildflowers now. Each day will bring more flowers to bloom and the bloom may last for weeks, if it does not get too hot. This weekend should be a good one to go. Cactus should start to bloom in the next few weeks.

See photos and older reports at

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