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Chuparosa (Justicia californica)

March 17, 2019

With almost 8 inches of rain since July, we are experiencing a widespread bloom of flowers, which may well last through March. Click the links below for specific tips and locations.

Some flowers are blooming along S22 east of mile marker 30, in response to heavy fall rains in that area. The fields at the mouth of Coyote Canyon have a wide variety of wildflowers blooming right now, but the "Wildflower Fields" along Henderson Canyon Road have not yet come into full bloom. There are large swaths of white Dune Evening Primrose and pink-purple Sand Verbena, but the yellow-orange Desert Sunflowers are still just in bud, ready to burst forth any day now.  Flowers are also very pretty in the southern part of the Park, with June Wash, though starting to fade, still a highlight for a wide variety of flowers (park near mile marker 42 on Highway S-2 and walk up the wash), and Carrizo Badlands Overlook worth checking out, too, for lupine and a yellow version of Brown-eyed Evening Primrose.



Many variables affect the extent of the spring bloom. Caterpillars may arrive any day en masse and start eating wildflowers; hot, dry winds can wilt them quickly, or cool, rainy weather can extend the life of the flowers and thus the beautiful display.

Day Use Fees: developed campground areas and Visitor Center $10 per car, every day.

If you would like to receive updates next year as different wildflowers start coming into bloom, we suggest that you check back here, or join the email list of our nonprofit partner, Anza-Borrego Foundation.

You can also call our Wildflower Hotline at 760-767-4684.



Beavertail Cactus Blossom Orcutt Aster by Mike Bigelow Fishhook Cactus

Fishhook Cactus (Mammillaria)
photo by Park Volunteer Mike Bigelow

Blossoms and Buds: Beavertail Cactus at the Visitor Center (S Theriault)

The pictures below are from previous years' wildflower seasons. 

Orcutt Aster by Park Volunteer Mike Bigelow

Desert Woolstar photo by Mike Bigelow
Desert Woolstar by Park Volunteer Mike Bigelow

Apricot Mallow
Apricot Mallow by Park Volunteer Mike Bigelow

Phacelia (Wild Heliotrope) photo by Park Volunteer Grace Clark
Phacelia (Wild Heliotrope)
photo by Park Volunteer Grace Clark

Pink Cheesebush by Grace Clark for webpage
Pink-blooming Cheesebush
photo by Park Volunteer Grace Clark
Barrel Cactus
     Barrel Cactus