Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 20, 2019

Texas Wildflowers 3/19/19

Texas Wildflower and Bluebonnet Sightings Report : Texas Wildflower Hot Spots and Pictures by Gary Regner Photography has a new report for March 19, 2019

Big Bend National Park 3/13-3/17. The Big Bend bluebonnets (aka Chisos bluebonnet) are still blooming, however, after being in bloom for nearly a month, the vast majority are becoming very tall and scraggly while many others are drying up or have gone to seed. Still decent for viewing, however, they are no longer very photo worthy. Be aware that they are difficult to see in full sun when away from the road, they seem to blend into the background; they are easier to spot during early morning or late afternoon, or when the sky is overcast. The greatest concentrations of bluebonnets are in the southwest portion of the park along Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive south of Mule Ears Viewpoint to Castolon, or along River Road West about 7-8 miles east of the beginning of the road near the Tuff Canyon Overlook. Be warned that if attempting River Road West, you will need at least a high clearance vehicle, preferably 4WD. The road is very rocky and sandy in places, and I turned around at mile 9 fearing damage to my SUV. In other areas of the park, the bluebonnets mainly just line the paved roads. West facing slopes in general around Cerro Castellan are in better condition than east facing slopes. If you want to see the bluebonnets, go now, your time is running out.

Other species in bloom include long-spine prickly pear, Torrey yucca, ocotillo, creosote bush, brown-flowered cacti, bicolored mustard, verbena, paleface rosemallow, bladderpod, dogweed, desert marigold, blackfoot daisy, nicollet, and many others.
The road between Persimmon Gap and Panther Junction did not have many wildflowers on 3/13 except for roadside bluebonnets, but by 3/17 much of the desert floor was covered in little yellow and white flowers, and many Torrey yucca where also in bloom.
Yet to bloom where other species of prickly pear, pitaya cacti and dog cholla, but they were often covered in numerous buds that should open in the coming weeks.
Hill Country
On the way back through the Hill Country on 3/17 I spotted several large fields of purple verbena near Junction, and Hwy 29 between Mason and Llano is lined with long stretches of thick bluebonnets. I only spotted one field that was starting to bloom about half way between Mason and Llano. By the time I got to Llano the sun had set, so I could not see conditions after that.
South Texas
Numerous reports are coming in that an above average season is occurring south and southeast of San Antonio near Poteet, and also around La Vernia and Sutherland Springs. Visit the Texas Wildflower Report for details.


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