Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 1, 2019

Anza- Borrego Wildflowers 12/31/18

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers Guide reports

Bloom prediction, updated December 31 2018

Indication are positive for a below or normal bloom in the months to come.
We still have a way above average bloom in the badlands and some other areas mentioned below.

North:
Along the Henderson Canyon Road hundreds of large Geraea canescens, Desert sunflower, some already in bloom. That said the number of plants might not be enough to give a good flower show.

South:
The Canebrake area (Ironwood canyon, June Wash, Vallecito wash) a lot of plants are starting to bloom.
Most visible bloom: Abronia villosa villosa, Desert sand verbena, Ferocactus cylindraceus, California barrel cactus.

East:
Confirmed germination:
Ocotillo Wells, Blow Sand Canyon, Cut Across Road, Military wash, 17 palms, Arroyo Salado (camp), east of Ella Wash, Palm Wash, Big Wash, Travertine Wash.
Palo Verde Wash, Smoketree Canyon.

San Felipe wash ‘road’ along East Butte, is one of the best spots right now, with hundreds of Datura discolor (early bloomer), Desert thorn apple in bloom.
Most visible bloom: Abronia villosa villosa, Desert sand verbena, Ferocactus cylindraceus, California barrel cactus, rare Cylindropuntia echinocarpa, Golden cholla;Silver cholla by the dozens and Datura discolor, Desert thorn apple.
Some Hesperocallis undulata, Desert lily are in bloom, with probably more to follow, but a good bloom for the lily might not happen at all.
Rain effects are visible east of the line Thimble trail (S22) up to Ironwood resort (78).

Check out Tom Chester bloom report

Dec 31 2018

Unexpected significant rain in the order of 0.1 Inch, enough to keep the germination that’s already there from the October and December rain.

 

 


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