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Wildflowers:

Peak Blooming Periods for Desert Wildflowers


Mid-January to Mid-March

    Imperial Valley

    Best areas: Holtville, Algones Dunes, south of Hwy. 80 between Calexico and Ocotillo.
    Dominant Species: desert lilies, evening primrose, lupine, phacelia.

Early February to end of March

    Anza Borrego

    (lower elevations)
    Best areas: base of Superstition Mountains, west of Imperial, Borrego Valley.
    Dominant Species: desert lilies, lupine, verbena, primrose.

Mid-February to Mid-April

    Death Valley

    (lower elevations)
    Best areas: Jubilee Pass, Hwy. 190 near Furnace Creek Inn, base of Daylight Pass.
    Dominant Species: desert star, blazing star, monkey flower, poppies, verbena, evening primrose.

Late February to Mid-April

    Coachella Valley Best areas: north shore of Salton Sea, Box Canyon, Del Sol Rd.
    Dominant Species: verbena, evening primrose, hairy-leaved sunflower, geracea

Early March to Mid-May

Mid-March to Late May

    Anza/Borrego

    (higher elevations)
    Best areas: Anza, Julian, Warner Springs.
    Dominant Species: poppies, buttercups, lupine, penstemons, mallows.

    Morongo/Yucca Valley

    Best areas: Along Twentynine Palms Hwy, Old Woman Springs Rd.
    Dominant Species: encelia, poppies, blazing star, yucca, joshua tree.

Early April to Late May

    Death Valley

    (2,000 - 4,000 ft.)
    Best areas: Panamint Mountains
    Dominant Species: paintbrush, desert rue, lupine.

Mid-April to Late May

    Joshua Tree / East Mojave

    Best areas: Along Route 66 from Barstow to Needles, Joshua Tree National Park.
    Dominant Species: desert sunflower, sage, asters, poppies, verbena, yucca, joshua tree.

Late April to Mid-June

    Death Valley

    (above 4,500 ft.)
    Best areas: Panamint Mountains
    Dominant Species: wildrose, golden rabbitbrush, Panamint daisies, mariposa, lupine.

Early May to Late June




Desert Senna - Senna armata

Desert Wildflower Report

Updates on blossoms in the Mojave Desert

Some years the desert is spectacular with wildflowers, other years the blossoms are sparse. A "good" wildflower year depends on three things; well-spaced rainfall through winter and early spring months; sufficient warmth from the sun; and the lack of desicating winds.

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