Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 23, 2018

DesertUSA Wildflower Updates 2/23/18

DesertUSA reports on Organ Pipe, Anza-Borrego and Antelope Valley

A few wildflowers are starting to bloom in Death Valley, Mojave National Preserve and Anza Borrego. Cactuses should start blooming in March. Rain is now being forecast for Southern California next week, that will help some areas.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Reports: Yellow flowers are in bloom. Both the brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) and creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) are blooming within the monument. See photo at

Anza-Borrego Rain is in the forecast for late next week. We checked the area in Mine Canyon off of Rt 78 – there wasn’t much there, just some ocotillo in bloom. Next we went  to Coyote Canyon Road. On the first 200 yards off of the pavement on Di Giorgio Road there’s some germination and we found a desert lily well on its way to blooming. If it rains next week this could be a good area for wildflowers in a few weeks.
We proceeded down to the second crossing on Coyote Canyon Road. Note you’ll need a high clearance vehicle with 4 wheel drive for this. There are some rocks in the road but it’s in good condition. There’s no water in the first crossing but the second crossing has some shallow water in it. I never had to use 4 wheel drive on the trip but it’s good to have it available in case you pull off in the sand. We parked by the gate in the picture and in the next 100 yards past the gate we found many wildflowers.
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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: Currently only a few plants are sprouting, and with no major rainstorms in the forecast it still looks like we won’t have much of a bloom this year. Last year at this time, we had over 10 inches of rain and hundreds of poppy plants were growing; so far this year, we have less than 2 inches and the sprouts we have are mostly filaree and fiddleneck.


  1. Antelope was amazing last year!


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