Wildflower potential

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Randy O
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Wildflower potential

Post by Randy O » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:44 pm

Seems like the desert is getting quite a bit of wet weather and as I recall this pattern at this time of year can sometimes mean a good wildflower bloom. We were down here in the desert for the winter during the super bloom and it started early. We started seeing lots of flowers in January that year so I guess we will have to see what happens after the first of the year.

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Re: Wildflower potential

Post by Candace_66 » Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:09 pm

No updates yet on the Park's web site. But if you scroll down a ways, they explain the conditions needed for a good bloom.

https://www.nps.gov/deva/learn/nature/wildflowers.htm

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Re: Wildflower potential

Post by Randy O » Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:44 pm

Thanks for the link to that information Candace, I don't think there was much precip down there in September and October but November saw quite a lot and we were camping down in the south end of the park over the weekend and things are wet and starting to green up some. There was water flowing over the West Side road at the Amargosa River crossing and some deep mud holes on the road going north from the Warm Springs Canyon turnoff. We even had a heavy dew in the morning on Friday, something I don't see much camping in Death Valley.

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Re: Wildflower potential

Post by JesPortland » Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:23 pm

Randy these recent fall rains will help with flowers. Now need it to continue into spring, but not during our late annual March trip!
This past late March we arrived in the early evening just after all the big rains and road wash outs. We've never seen such sharp, clear and colorful sky/scenes as we enter from Hells Gate..

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Re: Wildflower potential

Post by Grzldvt » Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:37 am

I believe things are looking very positive. Storms just keep rolling in and here in Silicon Valley the hills are greening up ahead of schedule. Checking the local spots I visit, they are all getting rain.

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Re: Wildflower potential

Post by blackturtle.us » Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:48 pm

Today I did a short hike in Searles Valley (west of Death Valley by a few miles) between 1600 and 2400 feet in elevation and saw the following:
1) Lots of Desert Gold Poppy seedlings: http://www.dvplants.com/PLANTS/POPPY2/index.html
2) Popcorn Flower starting to bloom: http://www.dvplants.com/PLANTS/POPCORN/index.html
3) A few Fremont Phacelias blooming: http://www.dvplants.com/PLANTS/PHACELIA/index.html
3) Fiesta Flower starting to produce flowers: http://www.dvplants.com/PLANTS/FIESTA/index.html
4) A couple Devil's Lettuce plants beginning to bloom: http://www.dvplants.com/PLANTS/DEVIL/index.html
5) An Astragalus plant with a flower stalk. Probably Lane Milkvetch: http://www.dvplants.com/PLANTS/LAYNEAE/index.html
Although the area I hiked through often has a huge amount of coreopsis, I didn't notice any as of yet. Basically, it looks like it will be somewhere between a weak to average year from what I can tell. No rain in the weather.com forecast for the next ten days and so I'll be surprised if there is an impressive bloom at lower elevations this year. Could be better at high elevations, however.

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Re: Wildflower potential

Post by Candace_66 » Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:13 pm

The winter started with great promise! We had some rain early in the season, but then it pretty much fizzled out.

I'm hoping we get a little out of this current system. But I'm in Vegas and we haven't had any yet, at least in my part of town.

Edit: 15 minutes after I typed that, it started raining here, LOL. :grin:

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Re: Wildflower potential

Post by Randy O » Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:48 am

We recently spent a week over in Panamint Valley, drove up Goler Wash and down through Butte Valley to Death Valley. We looked for flowers all along the way but they were few and far between. I was really expecting to see some Desert Gold along the West Side road but didn't see anything even down there. I guess the moisture didn't come at the right time this winter.

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Re: Wildflower potential

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:22 am

Randy O wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:48 am
I guess the moisture didn't come at the right time this winter.
I was in DEVA February 5-10 and this is the only image I was able to snap of any blooming plants. Taken at about 500 feet elevation on the alluvial fan between Salt Creek and Trellis Canyon on Saturday, Feb 8th.

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