Arizona has received the rains needed the past three months. As a result, the desert is green, and we are starting to see wildflowers sprout

The rains need to continue every few weeks or the sprouts will produce less bloom stalks. We do have a 40% chance of rain this week, and we all hope for more (so all together now, rain dance!). So our current prediction for the Sonoran Desert wildflowers is a normal spring bloom…

BUT! This rain pattern we’re currently seeing is similar what we saw 2010, when we saw a big lupine bloom (see photo below from Silver King Mine, location #36 in our Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflower guidebook). If we get a lot of rain in February, we could also get a owl clover carpet bloom like we had in 2005 in places like the Eagletail Mountains (location #18 in the book).

If we don’t see much rain this month, we still have the old faithful poppy fields like we have seen in the last few years at Peridot Mesa (location #48). A few poppies are already starting to show around Lake Pleasant Regional Park (#20), White Tank Mountain Regional Park (#21), and Lost Dutchman State Park (#31).

If you would like to start planning your wildflower outings in Arizona this spring, pick up a copy of our book to help get you in the right place at the right time: Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflower. Thanks for your support!

And keep an eye on our blog here.  We hope to have a field report up soon!

4 Responses to “2017 Arizona Spring Wildflower Prediction”

  1. I used to get these reports but didn’t get this one. Can you please check if I’m still on the routing list?

    Thank you :)

    • Hi Carol! No, the email I have for you is not on the auto feed subscription list for this blog.

      To subscribe to the post, look at the top right of our blog (under the Search box and Wild in Arizona logo). There’s a box that says “Don’t miss a post!” Enter your email and click Subscribe. You’ll get a confirmation email (and may need to click on an additional link in the email to verify your subscription). Then you’ll start receiving the posts in your email.

      Thanks for your interest! Hope it helps you find the flowers this year!

  2. Please put me on your subscription list for your posts. Elisabeth

    • Hi Elisabeth, thanks for your interest in receiving these updates. To sign up, look at the top right of our blog (under the Search box and Wild in Arizona logo). There’s a box that says “Don’t miss a post!” Enter your email and click Subscribe. You’ll get a confirmation email (and may need to click on an additional link in the email to verify your subscription). Then you’ll start receiving the posts in your email. Happy wildflower hunting!

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