Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 4, 2020

Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers 3/3/20

Bloom report out of the Anza-Borrego Desert

2020-March-3 We had significant rain in 2019

But after that everything stopped, finally 2/10/2020 new rain 0.1 – 0.5 Inch.
Bloom at lower (<1000 ft) elevation is dwindling with some exception to the south.

This season doesn’t look like a Superbloom, probably a normal bloom.
At slightly higher elevation it might be better

Easy to reach confirmed locations:

Bow Willows and Carrizo Canyon (soft sand), here we found over 100 different plants in bloom and on a canyon wall we counted over 200 Eremalche rotundifolia | Desert five spot in bloom.
Glorietta Canyon and Yagui Meadows (washes/drainages just east of Glorietta Canyon) bloom normal.
Along the S3 in Borrego Springs, large fields of Malacothrix glabrata | Desert dandelion.
Coyote Canyon starting along the asphalt, up to third crossing, bloom normal. Large fields of Malacothrix glabrata | Desert dandelion, mixed with pincushion, lupines and more.
Coachwhip / Ella Wash don’t expect flower carpets, but you will find interesting flowers.
Alma Wash a.k.a. Elephant Tree Natural Area is above normal, as are washes to the north, bloom above normal for the area. Further in, just south of the Alma Wash entrance the bloom is much better, like spectacular.

Coyote Canyon:

Water in Second and Third crossing, at second crossing water is a bit deeper than usual.
Bloom is best between the end of the asphalt and Third 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.
Some fields of Geraea canescens | Desert sunflower forming.
A lot of non-native plants, by the thousands, covering a large area.
Some Abronia villosa villosa | Desert sand verbena and Geraea canescens | Desert sunflower.

Fish Creek:

Tom Chester reported a good bloom in the Elephant Tree Natural Area 2/6/2020.
We checked out washes to the north and the bloom is certainly above average for the area.

The south:

Carrizo Canyon (south), here we found the highest number of different plants in bloom this season, close to 100.
In Bow Willows and Carrizo Canyon the plants are much fresher and way more abundant than anywhere else at the moment.
We broke our record with over 200 Eremalche rotundifolia | Desert five spots in bloom.

March/02/2020 Mountain Palm Springs Loop

The bloom is not abundant, but we would probably considered it good if we didn’t recently visited a couple of very good areas.
It was cloudy, so the Mirabilis tenuiloba | Slender lobed four o’clock were blooming very good.
Mohavea confertiflora | Ghost flower doing well, the biggest surprise to find Eriophyllum lanosum | White easter bonnets in bloom again.

We hardly if ever found so many of the otherwise rare Antirrhinum filipes | Twining snapdragon in bloom.

Still can’t believe we found 100 different plants in bloom.

Read more at Bloom report out of the Anza-Borrego Desert


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