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Arizona wildflowers come in all sizes and shapes. Some of the best places within an easy drive of Payson are Lost Dutchman State Park, Usery Park off Bush Highway and the Boyce Thompson State Park near Superior. These will be some of the first; a bit later in March, Tonto National Monument near Roosevelt Lake will show off its color.

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Chasing wildflowers: Rare enough to treasure

I confess. I’m hooked, addicted, helpless in the grip of my need. Blame the poppies. Not the French Connection heroin poppies — but the tiny seeds that can wait for decades with indestructible patience in stoney desert soils for a year such as this — a mild spring following along behind a decently wet winter after a decade of drought.


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