After a winter of significant rainfall across the California Desert regions, there is much buzz about the potential for an amazing wildflower season. In some parts of the desert, the flowers have already began to bloom, with good reports coming out of Death Valley National Park, the Kern County desert region, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. I decided to take a drive down to Anza-Borrego on March 7th, to see what the fuss was all about.
I began my day along the Truckhaven Trail, a short spur road off of S22 on the eastern side of the park. Along this stretch of road, I encountered large patches of Desert Sand Verbena, and a scattered mix of Brown-Eyed Primrose, Fremont’s Pincushion, Arizona Lupine, and Gray desert sunflower. The showing along this stretch was decent, but not significant.
Henderson Canyon Road proved to be the winner in terms of denseness, but was disappointing in variety. Much of the Coyote Creek area is densely populated in a sea of purple, yellow, and white. Consisting almost entirely of Desert Sand Verbena, Dune Primrose, and Desert dandelion.
Other portions of the park, and around the community of Borrego Springs there are pockets of flowers, but mostly consisting of those already mentioned.
Despite the overall lack of variety, it can be assumed that Anza-Borrego is destined to be one of the hot spots in the coming weeks, and possible months.