February 28, 2015 (Borrego) - Wildflower season has begun and annual flowers, including purple phacelia and yellow desert dandelion, are blooming at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center.
The Anza-Borrego Foundation offers these tips for where to view flowers currently:
- In Borrego Palm Canyon; shrubs such as brittlebush, chuparosa, and desert lavender are making a beautiful showing as well, especially in western canyons.
- Brown-eyed evening primrose and sand verbena can be found in the fields along DiGiorgio Road and alongside many of the roads throughout the Borrego Valley.
- A drive to the end of the pavement at the north end of DiGiorgio Road yields a variety of annuals, including spectacle-pod, brown-eyed evening primrose, sand verbena, desert dandelion, sunflowers, and even a few desert lilies coming into bloom.
- Lupine plants are widespread, but are likely to remain fairly small as they bloom, due to recent high temperatures.
- Sunflower plants as well as dune primrose plants are present in decent numbers in the fields north of Henderson Canyon Road (aka "the flower fields")
- Desert lilies are blooming among a variety of annual plants along Henderson Canyon Road, just east of its intersection with Highway S-2.
- Daytime temperatures are very warm, but mornings are delightful for hiking, exploring, and wildflower-seeking!
For updates, join Anza-Borrego Foundation's email list at www.theabf.org or call the State Park Wildflower Hotline, 760-767-4684.