Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 23, 2019

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 2/23/19 – Updated

Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association reports

Looking for places to find flowers right now?
Although a “major super bloom” is still likely weeks away there are three areas with “mini super blooms”right now that are beautiful and growing in size.

In Borrego Springs, the end of DiGiorgio road, at the beginning of the Coyote Canyon Road, has a bloom of sand verbena, lupine, desert sunflowers, lilies, and other species.  As of 2/22 the park has re-opened Coyote Canyon Road, as far as Desert Gardens, but you can also walk on the dirt road from where the blacktop ends. This area is shown on our Borrego Valley map.
In the Borrego Badlands, between mile marker 31 and 38 there are many areas in bloom.  This is a beautiful area with fascinating rock formations that add to the beauty; it’s a great area for photos.  This area is marked on our Borrego Badlands map.

In the Ocotillo Wells SRVA, There is also a fantastic display of dune evening primrose and other species not far from the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area’s Discovery Center, along Shell Reef.  The trail around the Discovery Center also has many different desert species in bloom. This area is shown on our Borrego Badlands map.

Our most recent reports.

February 23: End of DiGiorgio Road – Update
The “mini superbloom” at the end of DiGiorgio Road is steadily growing in size.  Park at the end of the road and walk less than 1/4 mile on the dirt road that goes to the east and you are in a sea of golden desert sunflowers, with highlights of purple Sand Verbena and white Dune Evening Primrose.

February 23 – Looking for Ghost Flowers?
Looking for Ghost Flowers? Finding Ghost Flowers?  They are out there right now. If you spot them, take some pics and post them, and let us know where.  You will find isolated plants, never fields of Ghosts Flowers.

Ghost Flowers are often confused with Blazing Star; they grow in the same areas as the Blazing Star, and for reasons that benefit the Ghost Flowers. Ghost Flowers use “double mimicry”; Ghost Flowers offer no nectar to lure in the bees that they need for pollination. But the Blazing Star does offer nectar. By growing alongside the Blazing Star the Ghost Flowers can lure in confused bees and achieve pollination in the process. Also, look closely inside the Ghost Flower. It looks like there’s a bee in there! Another mimicry that lures in real bees to investigate.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park reports

Coyote Canyon Road has been opened as far as Desert Garden. 4WD vehicles only.


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