Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 2, 2019

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 2/2/19

See  fifteen photos at California Wildflower Report for Fault Wash and East Butte, In the Ocotillo Wells SVRA and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park that are very close together at this point.

Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers has a new wildflower prediction for Feb. 2

Indication are positive for a normal bloom in the months to come, wait we already have a very good winter bloom.
The second wave (December 2018) of germination plants is wide spread, February/March bloom is expected all over the park.

WARNING: The word Super Bloom is often misused by the news and others to attract visitors.
A very good bloom (Super) is generally a once in a 10-20 year event, not every other year.

That said, it takes rain at the right amount/moment in time, this years timing is very good for a great winter bloom.
Unfortunately these plants don’t live forever, some flowers only bloom once a day.
We have big plants and flower carpets in a couple of areas, from the October 2018 thunderstorm and a next wave of plants from the December 2018 rain.
To get a really good bloom, we need additional rain, lots of it.

We still have a way above average bloom (> 50 different plants) in the badlands and some other areas mentioned below.

Easy access flower sites:
Drive from Borrego Spring -> Salton sea on the S22. Start looking past the marked Palo Verde Wash but stay on the S22. The center is around Ella Wash, Arroyo Salado (camp) exit.
Drive into Arroyo Salado (camp), here the flower fields are great or drive into Coachwhip canyon on the north side of the S22.

Along the Henderson Canyon Road hundreds of large Geraea canescens, Desert sunflower, some already in bloom. The band of flowers is narrow, but better hiking farther North.
Coyote Canyon: Fouquieria splendens | splendens Ocotillo in good bloom along the road.
Along the creek more than 50 plants are in bloom, like Encelia farinosa farinosa | Brittlebush, but further away from the creek the area is rather barren.
The area between Henderson Canyon road and Zero crossing looks promising as there is a lot of germination.
The Canebrake area (Ironwood canyon, June Wash, Vallecito wash) a lot of plants don’t look that happy. The frost and lack of rain are probably the cause, but with the recent rain.
Most visible bloom: Chylismia claviformis peirsonii | Brown eyed primrose, Abronia villosa villosa, Desert sand verbena.
From and including Rattlesnake canyon along the S22.
One of the highlights along the S22 close to Arroyo Salado (camp), Ella Wash.

Confirmed germination and flowering plants:
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, Rattlesnake canyon.

San Felipe wash ‘road’ along East Butte, is one of the best spots right now, with hundreds of Oenothera deltoides deltoides | Dune evening primrose in bloom.
Most visible bloom: Oenothera deltoides deltoides | Dune evening primrose (hundreds early in the day), Abronia villosa villosa| Desert sand verbena.
Hesperocallis undulata, Desert lily are in bloom.
Another great spot, one of the best, is the south end of Fault Wash, on the East and West side. !!This is the off-road area!!!
Rain effects are visible east of the line Thimble trail (S22) up to Ironwood resort (78).

Check out Tom Chester bloom report

Additional info:
Anza-Borrego Desert SP Bloom page
ABDNHA Bloom page



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