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Dry Fall Expected To Bring Dull Spring Wildflower Season

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The 2018 wildflower season is expected to be more subdued than previous years.

The 2018 wildflower season is expected to be more subdued than previous years. A dry fall season is to blame.

Area horticulturalists say local wildflower seeds need an inch of rain in October just to germinate and get regular moisture through the fall in order to come out in large numbers.

"In March 2018 it’s probably going to be more of the trees and perennial shrubs that we’re going to see the color and flowers on," said Ray Leimkuehler, with Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden.

Leimkuehler said while annuals like the Mexican poppy, lupin and Alice clover will make an appearance, they won’t come close to the bloom we saw in the spring of 2017.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.