El Niño brought a wet winter to Southern Arizona but in the last 2 weeks, temperatures have risen and the desert is beginning to bloom earlier than usual. Wildflowers down south usually bloom mid-March and peak out in April but because of the early warm weather, I headed up to Mount Lemmon to see if any flowers had awakened.
I discovered the flowers above 5,000 elevation are still asleep –still covered in snow. But the hills around Babad Do’ag Vista Point near the base of Mount Lemmon (3,550 elevation) are covered with yellow Brittlebrush, orange Desert Goldmallows, and these purple thingies I have no idea what they’re called.
For more information on where the wildflowers are blooming, visit the Desert Botanical Garden’s 2016 wildflower tracking site, where you can find some of our photos featured!