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Southwestern Deserts

February, 2001
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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
This stunning park covers 600,000 acres in Southern California's desert. It offers hundreds of miles of trails and is a beautiful place to view desert plants and wildlife. With all the winter rains, this should be a great place to view spring wildflowers. Among other things, the Web site (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park) features a wildflower page with descriptions and photos of what is currently in bloom and where to find it in the park.

Favorite or New Plant

Fairy Dusters
Fairy dusters display tiny flower tufts that look exactly as their name suggests. Pink fairy duster (Calliandra eriophylla) is native to Arizona and stays quite small (usually no more than 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide). Baja red (C. californica) is a larger shrub that easily reaches 5 by 5 feet. Both plants like full sun, are drought tolerant, and require little if any pruning if they're planted with room to grow. They have extended bloom periods, and hummingbirds love the flowers.


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