Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 15, 2020

November Bloom Report from the Anza-Borrego Desert

Tom Chester reports

There are hardly any blooms at all in the Borrego Desert below 3000 feet now. We didn’t get any significant monsoonal rain this summer, which means that, as far as we know, there are no areas with good flower displays now. This is unusual; often, there are some limited areas that have good displays in the fall from monsoonal rainfall.

On most hikes, expect to see only a handful of plants with any blooms at all, from a very small number of species. Wet areas, like Coyote Creek Second and Third Crossing, probably have ten or twenty species in bloom, and are your best bet if you want to see some blooms.

The desert floor in and to the east of Borrego Springs has received essentially no rainfall yet. Borrego Springs at 500 feet elevation received just 0.04″ on 7 and 8 November 2020. Joe Woods dug into the sand in a number of areas of the desert floor and reported that the soil is dry.

Read more at Bloom Reports from the Anza-Borrego Desert: 2020-2021

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