Current Hot Spots:  Areas near Superior and Globe.  Peachville Mountain and Silver King Mine area continue their impressive (and super early!) poppy display.   Paul Wolterbeek out at Boyce Thompson Arboretum posted some great photos of Peridot Mesa on the San Carlos Indian Reservation on DesertUSA (

Mexican Gold Poppy

Mexican Gold Poppy near Saguaro Lake

We’ve also received reports from readers that the Black Hills Rock Hounding area near Safford (thanks Donna Clarke!) and Box Canyon south of Highway 60 (thanks Sue Penney!) are both showing poppies as well.

Up and Coming:  Saguaro Lake area about 2 miles south of the intersection of the Beeline Highway (Hwy 87) and the Bush Highway.  In a short “drive-by” visit, we counted over 11 different types of flowers in bloom, including young poppies (see photo on left), lupine, chuparosa, bladderpod, fiddleneck, filaree, desert marigolds, desert globemallow, and desert pincushion (see photo on right)

Desert Pincushion

Desert Pincushion near Saguaro Lake

Not Happening (Yet):  Cline Cabin Road, Devils Potato Patch, and Oatman.  Though normally an early blooming location at the start of the Arizona’s wildflower season, Oatman likely saw an annual-killing freeze during the snowstorm that hit northwestern Arizona in the middle of last week.  Though poppies and other annuals aren’t likely to show there this year as a result, it still may be worth a visit to see the perennials in a month or so, specifically for the brittlebush, which are less affected by the extreme weather conditions.

Happy hunting!


10 Responses to “Arizona Wildflower Field Report for February 21, 2012”

  1. Thank you, Colleen!

  2. I was at Go John 2/19, and there are a very few, isolated blue dick and fiddlenecks. It’s not looking too promising there.

  3. Thanks Colleen!
    I was on the Apache Trail yesterday and saw small areas of lupine in many areas beside the road and small clusters of poppies near the Apache Lake overlook.

  4. Thank you Colleen for this helpful current information. I will be leading a creative photography series of field trips beginning in March. I will check in with you for the latest information.

    Dale Kesel

  5. Coleen,

    I was up at Silver King this weekend, Saturday the 3rd. Unless I really messed up the directions and I don’t think I did the road is now closed with barb wire fencing, stones and cactus at the parking area aboe the corall. You can see the road but you have to hoof it.


    • Hi Chip, nope you didn’t mess it up, you were reading the directions correctly. Paul reported the closure of that road on our blog on February 14th ( It appears the ranchers have illegally blocked access – please help us reopen it by calling and reporting it to the Tonto National Forest Supervisor’s Office: 602-225-5200. Hope you captured some good flower pics nonetheless! ~Colleen

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