New Mexico’s precipitation in the past month could yield a particularly robust crop of wildflowers this spring. Great for hikers, bikers and photographers, these gorgeous signs of spring are easy to find when you ask the experts.
Las Cruces Sun News asked Judith Phillips, local landscape designer and author of books about planting climate-adapted species, and botanical artist Wren Allen of Santa Fe for suggestions on the best places to hunt for wildflowers.
What specific blooms will be visible? Phillips said desert marigolds, fleabanes, white-tufted evening primrose, blue flax, sundrops, white delphinium and various verbenas are among the expected varieties. Bloom times depend on how quickly the soil warms, which can be accelerated or delayed by day and night temperatures.
Tops Spots to See Wildflowers Near Rio Rancho
Phillips also recommends these areas as the most likely spots to find spring wildflowers:
Botanical artist Wren Allen suggests these areas for beauty and inspiration:
For links to excellent wildflower resources and details on how to access these trails, visit https://nmsudesertblooms.blogspot.com/.
Both Phillips and Allen highly recommend visiting the Santa Fe Botanical Garden for tours and plant education.
Another great recommendation is Native Plants of New Mexico’s Facebook page for the latest wildflower sightings.
Finally, the New Mexico State University Extension Horticulture page offers additional resources. Social media is @NMDesertBlooms.
Happy hunting amidst the wildflowers!
Credit to Marisa Y. Thompson for the Las Cruces Sun News.
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