East County News Service
February 13, 2017 (Borrego Springs) – This year’s heavy rains may result in one of the most spectacular wildflower seasons in recent memory in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
The latest update at the Park’s wildflower update page states, “It’s hard to predict a peak, but we should start to see lots of flowers toward the end of February. If temperatures this month continue to be mild, flowers should persist into the first half of March, at least. Of course, another rain shower or two might extend the blooming period, so our fingers are crossed!”
Already plants are growing in flower fields north of town and along trails in Western canyons. Desert lilies are budding in the badlands and at the end of Di Giorgio Road. Most are not yet blooming, but when they do, they will be beautiful and fragrant.
Poppies, brittlebush and phacelia are starting to bloom at the Visitor Center. You can also see spectacle pods at the north end of Di Giorgio Road. For those willing to hike a half mile up a dirt road into Coyote Canyon, sand verbena and evening primrose are starting to bloom.
It’s still too early for sunflowers in the flower fields along Henderson Canyon Road, however, which have not yet begun to bud.
For the latest updates on where to see wildflowers before visiting, you can call the park’s Wildflower Hotline at 760-767-4684.