Wildflower Season

Arizona's Deserts are in Full Bloom

February showers make March wildflowers in the parks! Get your camera, comfortable outdoor shoes, and plenty of water and enjoy the first spots of color we've seen so far.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson is a botanical wonderland and a sure bet for viewing spring blooms. Many different wildflowers can be seen throughout the park. The cacti are also starting to bloom! Keep up with the wildflowers on display on the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Facebook page.

Join us at the arboretum for Weekend Wildflower Walks in March!

 

Catalina State Park

Catalina usually sees a slightly later bloom then Lost Dutchman and Picacho Peak. Snow melt in two large washes flowing down from the mountains bring cooler temperatures, and often, later blooms. This year early poppies have been on display since mid February. See the latest colors on the Catalina State Park Facebook page.

 

Cattail Cove State Park

Cattail Cove is still in the early part of its bloom. Some areas are sprouting suncups, but with more rain, we're expecting to see a lot more flowering. See what's coming up on the Cattail Cove State Park Facebook page.

Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman is showing off its colors!  We are seeing a variety of flowers pushing up out of the ground. The chuparosa are iconic with their narrow, long petals. Actually, here is the wide variety of flowers you can find: poppies, fiddle necks, globe mallow, chuparosa, brittle bush, desert evening primrose, blue dicks, lupine, ocotillo, chicory, scorpion weed, skeleton weed, jojoba, mormon tea, phacelia, bluebell, and more! Run, don't walk to catch these flowers before they wilt. Preview some of the flowers on display on the Lost Dutchman State Park Facebook page.

 

Picacho Peak State Park

Picacho Peak is warming up, so this year's blooms are heading back underground. We hope to see them again next year!

View the latest wildflowers on display on the Picacho Peak State Park Facebook page.

Red Rock State Park

Red Rock rests at a higher elevation, so their wildflower season is just getting started and lasts through mid-June, as long as moisture levels remain high. Due to above average winter precipitation and temrperatires many early spring annual plants have sprouted early this year. Take a peek at what's sprouting on the Red Rock State Park Facebook page.