Welcome to the Arizona
Native Plant Society!
Desert Wildflower Reports for the southwest, click here .
For a report of wildflowers in Phoenix and northern AZ , click here .
For a report of wildflowers in southern AZ , click here .
The Summer 2013 edition of PLANT PRESS is
Happenings , the
Arizona Native Plant
Society - June 2013 - August 2013- is now available
Save the Date!
The New Mexico Native Plant Society has announced plans for its 2013 annual conference in Albuquerque August 8 - 11.
“From Here to Terra Incognita: Ecosystems in a Changing Climate” For more information, go to their website .
Visit Celebrating Wildflowers , a website dedicated to the enjoyment of wildflowers growing in our national forests, specifically viewing areas for Arizona.
Sonoran Desert Plants: Seasonal Flowering Schedules
based on 20 years of data from 1966-1985 by
William G. McGinnies.
Floristic almanac: This month-to-month guide to some of the main floristic events in southern Arizona is excerpted or summarized, with permission, from Southern Arizona Nature Almanac , by Roseann Beggy Hanson and Jonathan Hanson (University of Arizona Press, 1996). This charming natural history guide is chock-full of insights, observations, stories, and suggestions for outings into the never-ending wonder of the Sonoran Desert. In Tucson, look for the book at the Audubon Nature Shop, Blue Raven Gallery, Tohono Chul Park, or other booksellers.
JULY AT A GLANCE
Print July Almanac...
• Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia spp.) fruit begins to ripen.
• Mesquites (Prosopis spp.), acacias and mimosas (Acacia and Mimosa spp.) droop with drying, ripe bean pods.
• Male Sonoran desert toads, red-spotted toads and spadefoot toads (Couch's and southern) fill the nights with their songs to attract mates, from desertscrub up to oak woodlands.
• Regal horned lizards hatch in desertscrub up into grassland foothills.
• Western mastiff bats have their young.
• Huge palo verde root-borer beetles emerge from underground to mate and return to burrows beneath palo verde trees to lay new eggs.
• From the desertscrub up into the coniferous forests, look for renewed butterfly activity after the rains (see Appendix VII for flight periods of common butterflies of our region). Bright cloudless sulphurs are very conspicuous as they move north with the summer rains.
IN THE SKY.....