Weather brings spring wildflowers to add desert color Feb 27, 2019 Feb 27, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save By Anie Wayman-TrujilloSun CorrespondentWhen it comes to desert spring color, Arizona is known for its beautiful cactus blooms, but when the conditions are just right, nothing can compare to the blooming desert wildflowers and the prism of colors they can yield.With record rain and seldom-seen snow in this high desert of Wickenburg and the surrounding areas, the desert area that sometimes seems like a barren land of cactus and rock has a good chance this year of being transformed into a carpet of flowers.A good wildflower season is not only determined by the amount of moisture the desert receives, however, but also on how fast and how high the temperature rises in the early spring. This is an important factor for yielding a good wildflower harvest, says Cathy Billingsley, of BC Jeep Tours. “Temperatures need to rise gradually, to allow seeds to germinate and for the blooms to set and raise, if it gets too hot to fast, the blooms will peak and die within a very short period of time”.The wildflower season in the Wickenburg area usually starts in early March and can last just a couple of weeks. You can find yellow poppies and lupine, which usually dominate the area. Other species such as yellow brittlebush, orange globemallows, red-violet owlclover, white blackfoot daisies can also be found. But beware, because of soil variety combined with the difference in low and high altitude desert regions varieties will vary from place to place within Arizona. It is suggested that enthusiasts go on line or obtain a book specific to Arizona wild flowers to help identify the many different varieties in this area.For viewing around the Wickenburg area, there are many different hiking trails that can bring the flowers up close. For those wanting to be more adventurous a jeep tour specializing in wild flowers into the back county is a must or you can just hop in your vehicle and head out along the Scenic Loop, Vulture Mine Road, Road 71 to Congress or just about any side road for a show of color.It is important for those out looking at the wild flowers to also remember that spring is bug and snake season and that those out hiking, climbing or driving around should watch out for the many different poisonous creatures that share our desert region.For more information on wildflowers in Maricopa County log on to Go Wild Flowers at www.maricopacountyparks.net. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Watch this discussion Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Cancel Start watching Stop watching (0) comments Welcome to the discussion. Log In Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Latest News 1 dead, 1 injured in US 93 crash north of Wickenburg COVID-19 Five confirmed cases; Town backs off after gov reverses stance GFWC garners eight first-place awards at state convention Yarnell community center seeking executive director Stage 2 fire restrictions effective as of May 15 Chamber continues to prioritize business WHS to honor Class of 2020 with lighting ceremony today Census reminding households to respond Most Popular Articles Images Videos Commented Articles1 dead, 1 injured in US 93 crash north of WickenburgCOVID-19 Update: Five test positive at WCH; town backs off enforcement; facilities reopenCOVID-19 Five confirmed cases; Town backs off after gov reverses stanceTown now butt of national criticism due to ignorancePolice ReportBrush fire contained near WickenburgTown declines to file against 3 businesses that defied governor’s ordersDiane Lee BellYarnell community center seeking executive directorStage 2 fire restrictions effective as of May 15 Images Videos CommentedSorry, there are no recent results for popular commented articles.