Spectacular Wildflower Displays Expected in the Southwest in the Spring of 2010
Because abundant rainfall fell throughout much of the Southwest during the winter of 2009/2010, we are expecting spectacular spring wildflower displays to treat us with their beauty. This above average moisture level is courtesy of El Niño, a weather phenomenon in the tropical Pacific Ocean that occurs about every 5-7 years.
Spring wildflowers - mostly annuals - will start blooming in the low deserts in early March, with peak blooming in April and early May at higher elevations. Many different wildflowers will be on glorious view. Whole hillsides will often be awash in the color of a single species.
Flowers in blue, yellow, orange, white, and many shades in between will all be on display. Some of the most abundant species will be California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), purplemat (Nama demissum), desertbells (Phacelia campanularia), verbena (Glandularia spp.), bladderpod (Physaria spp.), and evening primrose (Oenothera spp.).
Be sure to take your camera!