Spring allergies acting up? Don't blame Arizona's wildflower superbloom

By Mark Brodie
Published: Monday, April 24, 2023 - 11:29am

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Arizona wildflowers Mexican poppies and lupine
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Mexican poppies and lupine bloom outside Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction on March 17, 2022.

It’s been a colorful spring so far across much of Arizona, as our wet winter has led to wildflower superblooms. But, some of those blooms are also producing pollen, which is not great news for allergy sufferers.

With me to talk about all of this is Theresa Crimmins, a research professor at the University of Arizona and director of the USA National Phenology Network, which keeps track of when plants and animals undergo seasonal events.

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