Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 13, 2019

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers Past Peak 4/11/19

Borrego Wildflowers reports

Bloom prediction for the Anza-Borrego Desert:

When will the low desert bloom peak? It peaked by the end of March and we are now way peak bloom.
Bloom is still good to very good above 2000 feet.
The best bloom is between Cottonwood Canyon and Potrero.

Check out Tom Chester bloom report

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

April/11/2019 Cottonwood Canyon Salt Creek loop

A couple of days ago overlooking Cottonwood Canyon, there was a faint orange glow, like Eschscholzia californica | California poppy.
This is greener than we’ve ever seen this area, with Salvia carduacea | Thistle sage, not a few but whole fields of them.
We were deviating quickly to the South were is was all yellow Encelia farinosa farinosa | Brittlebush all the way up to the Hawi Vallecito overlook.
Even more surprising Castilleja exserta exserta | Purple owl’s clover, not even on our plants list by the thousands.

Large field of Chaenactis fremontii | Fremont’s pincushion, dense enough to make a pretty sight.
Strange enough away from the hill side, everything looked that much dryer.
Close to the creeks it’s more like a wasteland, too much water at once removes a lot of vegetation and made a deep gully in Salt Creek.
One of the best blooming Ceanothus leucodermis | Chaparral whitethorn we’ve migh ever seen.
Another surprise, the sound of a creek, this is the first time we found a good flow in Salt Creek.
Otherwise rare many good blooming Antirrhinum coulterianum | Coulter’s snapdragon .
We almost missed the odd looking Toxicodendron diversilobum | Poison oak, not the apparent leaves of 3.
A wet year brings Calochortus splendens | Splendid mariposa lily and Muilla maritima | Muilla.

Now where is the big orange field, there it is, Lasthenia gracilis | Common goldfields, the yellow field with flowers done turns almost orange.

This is a location to find Eriastrum diffusum | Miniature woolly star and huge fields of Leptosiphon lemmonii | Lemmon’s linanthus.

Species in bloom below 3000 feet: 103.


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