Arizona wildflowers are not difficult to find if you know where to look. In some years because of extra rain they sweep in glorious colorful waves of blooms on slopes and fields. Other years because of the lack of rainfall the color will be sprinkled sparsely along the cactus and rocky terrain. When you go hiking on the trails whether its a few blooms or hundreds it is still fun to see spring in Arizona. The Sonoran Desert has a wider variety of plants and wildflowers than any other desert in the world.
Wildflowers will bloom in profusion if the winter rains come each month. But if its to cold it will affect seed germination. And if its to hot, the tender seedlings will wilt and not recover. To much wind and the plants will dry out. In the lower elevations wildflowers bloom from Feb. - March and in the upper elevations blooming times are from April - May.
Types of Flowers to See in Arizona
Lupine, Larkspur, Indian Paintbrush, Columbines, Callipsis, Flax, Yellow Sunflowers, Wild Roses, Purple Myrtle, Blooming Saguaros, Palo Verdes, Yellow Daisy Brittlebush, Mexican gold Poppies, Bladderpod , Popcorn flowers, Fiddleneck ferns, Heliotrope, Arizona Penstemon, Morning Glory, Mock Orange, Four O'Clocks, Fairy Duster puffs, Globe Mallow, Crimson Chuparosa, Desert Marigold, Neon Pinks, Sand Verbena and White Blackfoot Daisies.
Places to See The Best Wildflowers in Arizona
Apache Junction - Siphon Draw
At the Lost Dutchman State Park there are plentiful yellow daisy like brittle bush blooms even in sparse years. They can defy drought or bugs even rocky soil and heat.
The Siphon Draw Trail is near the front range of the Superstition Mountains. This hike is about 4 miles and starts out on an old road.
The Lost Dutchman State Park - 6109 North Apache Trail 480-982-4485
Picacho Peak, Apache Trail, Tonto National Monument, The Phoenix Botanical Gardens, Pinnacle Peak, South Mountain Park, The Desert Foothills North of Phoenix.The Arboretum at Flagstaff, The Superstition Mountains, Carefree Highway, The Desert Botanical Gardens, The Boyce Thompson Arboreatum and along Beeline Highway. There are many other places to see wildflowers in Arizona but this is a good start.
Romero Canyon in Tucson
Hike this trail with a view of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Be sure to watch for the marked signs because it can get confusing. The hike is about 5 miles with the turn around at Romero pools. You will see cascading waterfalls dramatic rocky vistas and a series of pools.
1157 N. Oracle Rd.
520-628-5798 for more information.
Seeing the gorgeous profusion of wildflower blooms covering hillsides and fields will remind you that even the driest desert landscape has hidden treasures. Drive from Tucson to Phoenix on Arizona 79 ( Pinal Pioneer Parkway) with its lush upland desert landscape.
Lake Havasu City - Pilot Rock
With its beautiful trails for wildflower viewing. Hikers can reach Pilot rock by hiking trails splashed with colors of sand verbena, and desert marigold. Walking along the stillness of the rugged terrain surrounds you. At Sara Park which is about 6 miles south of Lake Havasu City there are bathrooms and picnic tables.
8 mile hike round trip
Sedona - Eagles Nest Trails
At Red Rock State Park there are five miles of trails to hike. With views of Cathedral Rock the red rock vistas highlight the waxy white blooms of the Yucca stalks. There is a 10:00 guided nature wildflower walk. 928-282-6907.
There is also the option of planting your own wildflowers. With several places selling seeds and with a little water your yard can become a showplace of blooms.
Wild Seed - 602- 276-3536
Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens - 602-481-8134
Desert Wildflower Watch- www.desertusa.com
Wildflower Hotline - 602-481-8134