Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 17, 2020

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 2/16/20

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers Guide  reports

Bloom is low/normal but there are many bright areas if you are willing to hike.

See photos for East of Coyote Mountain and Clark Dry

Anza Borrego Desert Wildflowers reports

Coyote Canyon:

Water in First, Second and Third crossing, at second crossing water is a bit deeper than usual.
Bloom is best between Zero and First Crossing.
A nice display of Malacothrix glabrata | Desert dandelion, mixed with some Phacelia distans | Common phacelia, the occasional Rafinesquia neomexicana | Desert chicory and small Abronia villosa villosa , Desert sand verbena.
The display is good but not spectacular, for this area it’s above average.

Lower Willows is still a problem, there isn’t a good route yet, maybe for this season.
Part of the route is a dense pack of arrow weed, others turned into a pond.
For now only for the very adventurous, with enough water in case you don’t find your way back.

Henderson Canyon Rd

This is one of the main flower tourist attractions.
Right now it’s green with non-native plants, by the thousands, covering the entire area.
Some Abronia villosa villosa | Desert sand verbena and Geraea canescens | Desert sunflower.

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