Desert Wildflower Report-3-15-2017, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

The bloom in Anza Borrego was one I could not miss. National news reports were spreading far a wide about the spectacle, and it lived up to the hype. It was wall-to-wall blooms along Henderson Canyon Rd! Most obvious was the Hairy Desert Sunflower but Dune Primrose and Desert Sand Verbena made a good showing as well. This area was at peak bloom as I had never seen it before. A few caterpillars made an appearance and it won't be long before they have chomped many of these plants. We visited nearby Rockhouse Canyon Rd. and found fields of Desert Dandelion and Desert Chicory, and a few Sand Blazing Star individuals. At Yaqui Well, Fishhook Cacti were all blooming or already done, but we found Newberry's Velvet Mallow, a rare species. The last stop was near Arroyo Salada where we found the rare and very beautiful Orcutt's Woody Aster in full bloom. Ocotillo were heavy with green leaves and many buds but no flowers to speak of, so these should be coming out within a few days to a week. Any other blooms in Anza Borrego from this point on will mostly occur at higher elevations.

Hairy Desert Sunflower explosion in Anza Borrego Hairy Desert Sunflowers covering the landscape along Henderson Canyon Rd Dune Primrose in Borrego Springs Desert Calico in Anza Borrego Desert State Park Desert Lily on Thimble Trail, Anza Borrego Newberry's Velvet Mallow near Yaqui Well Orcutt's Woody Aster near Arroyo Salada Desert Dandelion and Desert Chicory along Rockhouse Canyon Rd.

Flowering plants included:

  • Desert Calico
  • Desert Lily
  • Hairy Desert Sunflower
  • Desert Sand Verbena
  • Dune Primrose
  • Newberry's Velvet Mallow
  • Orcutt's Woody Aster
  • Desert Dandelion
  • Desert Chicory
  • Sand Blazing Star
  • Parish's Poppy
  • Showy Sunflower
  • Fish Hook Cactus