Monday, March 02, 2009

California Deserts Bloom Wildflower Season


Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is starting to bloom with a colorful carpet of wildflowers. Brittlebush, chuparosa, popcorn flower, sand verbena, spectacle pod, and desert lily have popped up in recent days, according to the Anza-Borrego Foundation and Institute. Peak blooming season should be the first two weeks in March depending on weather. Early blooms are mostly found in scattered washes around the park and at lower elevations such as the Carrizo Badlands overlook at Sweeney Pass, Indian Valley and the Bow Willow Campground. Officials suggest a visit to the northern edge of Borrego Springs on Henderson Canyon Road and at the northern end of DiGiorgio Road, about \ mile beyond the end of the pavement. Hikes in Borrego Palm Canyon or Plum Canyon will also bring blooms into view. For more information, call the Wildflower Hotline (760-767-4684), the state park's Web site (parks.ca.gov) or Anza-Borrego Foundation and Institute's website (theABF.org).
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park