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2015 Southern California Wildflower Reports

June 8, 2015 Susan Reports: Photos were taken Saturday June 6, 2015 at Vazquez Rocks - Agua Dulce, CA.

June 3, 2015 Jim Reports: The rain in the last few weeks has restarted some wildflowers along the backcounty roads in San Diego county.

April 23, 2015 Morgan Reports: For those willing to venture out into the San Rafael wilderness, the shady sections of lower Manzana trail below Nira campground have a nice selection of small wild flowers. Lots of hummingbird sage, a few lily’s, monkeyflower,, dudleya and various others that are still in bloom.

April 17, 2015 Jim Reports: Taken at Tuttle Creek Calif. 4-15-15

April 13, 2015 Glen Reports: Found these in Short Canyon near Ridgecrest CA. on April 9th.

April 13, 2015 Vince Reports: Hwy 33 in the Los Padres Forest - Chia Yellow Pincushion - Chanactis glabriuscula Eremothera boothi/Cammisonia boothi- Booth's Evening Primrose or Booth Sun Cup

At the Carrizo Plains Nat'l Monument - 99.9% of everything is dried up and brown - the season is unquestionably over. We did manage to find a VERY few of the following: Pink Spineflower - Chorizanthe membranacea Fiddleneck - Amsinckia Common Locoweed - Astragalus didymocarpus

April 09, 2015 Jessie Reports: What do you folks think these two flowers are? The yellow/White one is all over my property in Landers, Ca from the wet winter. Thousands of them everywhere. They stand about 1 foot tall, and have a fury stem. The white one is the only one on my property. I thought it was a White Woolly Daisy, but it stands too tall at about 12 inches. They both act like Sunflowers, closing when the sun goes down, and re-opening when the sun rises.

Paul replied the first flower is probably either Malcothrix californica (California desert-dandelion) or Malcothrix glabrata (Desert dandelion). The flowers look identical, but the former grows as an individual flower while the latter usually produces a cluster of flower heads on each plant. There are other possible species, but those are the two ubiquitous ones. The second flower is Layia glandulosa (White tidy tips).

April 09, 2015 Sam Reports: These were taken Apr 4 in the high desert north of Hinkley, CA. Absolutely beautiful.

April 03, 2015 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve Reports: Wildflower bloom timing and intensity varies greatly each year, and this year our season started and ended a month earlier than usual. We've had a lot of heat over the last few weeks, and there are only a few flowers left along some of the trails and near the spring on the North Poppy Loop.

The above-average heat and high winds we had recently have blown a lot of the petals off the Poppy and Goldfield plants. There are petals drying up on the ground around the plants. The poppy flowers that still have the calyx attached have survived this bout of wind and they will have their flower petals when the calyx comes off.

To the east and in front of the Visitor Center the Beavertail Cacti are starting to bloom. The Joshua tree bloom is going to seed. There are new green plants with small yellow flowers and they are Mustard. You will find an occasional Fiddleneck and Filaree that have flowers but for the most part they have gone to seed. As you walk the trails you will still see some Poppies, Forget-me-knots, Suncups, and Lupine. Cheat Grass and Red Brome grasses are taking over large portions of the park and are going to seed. Goldfields are at the cone stage. Silver Puffs have gone to seed and they are dispersing them.

Poppy Trail South Loop – found a wild cucumber plant – not blooming yet. North Loop Trail past the wooden fence – there are still some Cream Cups, and Evening Snow. Blue Dick are finishing their season. In the area of the Rubber Rabbitbrush there are still some Owl’s Clover. Eastside of the Reserve – there are some Poppies and Goldfields but other wildflowers are finishing up for the season and are going to seed. Pineappleweed are starting to appear.

April 01, 2015 Carrizo Plain National Monument Reports: We are at the tail end of the wildflower season. As higher temperatures have arrived, we have seen a large decline in wildflowers. You can still see some flowers on the monument, however we don't expect them to last much longer.

Mar 31, 2015 David Report: Took these this morning, March 29, in the Indian Wells Canyon, just southwest of the Highway 395/Highway 14 Junction. This is the Owens Peak Wilderness Area sitting at the Northern edge of Kern County, near the Junction of Tulare and Inyo Counties.

This is a burn area (desert restoration area) from several years back and the Lupins are taking over in recent years. Lupins are peaking this weekend, and my new discovery today was several California Flannel Bush (Fremontodendron californicum) blooming in the already dry stream bed.

Mar 30, 2015 Katie Report: March 28,2015 Munz Rd out of Antelope Valley Prickly Poppy, paintbrush, chia and baby blue eyes. lots of lady bugs Also saw quail and blunt nosed leopard lizard today further east in Antelope valley part of Munz.

Mar 28, 2015 Danny Report: Wednesday March 25, west of California City, Kern County.

Mar 28, 2015 Jonathan Report: Stick a fork in the Antelope Valley, 'cause it's done...or is it? As far as the endless vistas of orange poppies that look like someone spilled paint across miles of flatland, yep, I'm sorry to say that's gone for the year. But on the sun-protected, north-facing foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, there are still some patches of colorful magic that haven't been burned or blown away yet. But hurry, kids! You can find hillsides still showing an orange, yellow, and lavender mix of varieties in one camera frame. Look closely and you see some hints of red Indian Paintbrush, too. Take a deep whiff of the bright purple lupine flowers that smell like a piece of heaven itself. And a special treat if you're lucky enough to find it is a landscape of Joshua Trees on a carpet of yellow Coreopsis with purplish-blue Phacelia decorating the scene.

And where are these hidden gems? The Desert Pines Wildlife Sanctuary. Here's directions from a common point we all know. Start at the corner of Lancaster Road and 170th St. W. (the southwest edge of the Poppy Reserve). Drive west on Lancaster Road about a mile and take your first LEFT (south) onto 180th St. W. Drive over the aqueduct and keep going on a reasonably smooth dirt road until you come to a T-intersection. Turn RIGHT (west) and drive along the foothills with the aqueduct visible out your passenger window. Keep driving and stop anytime you see a pretty-pretty. The road is a mix of dirt and smooth paving but nothing a decent car can't handle. If you drive all the way to the end, you'll drop onto Lancaster Road at about 245th Street W...just about a quarter mile from 138 for an easy drive back home.

The following photos were taken on along this road on Wednesday (3/25), and I think most of this will survive at least through this weekend.

Mar 28, 2015 Dean Report: We went out Tuesday the 24th hoping to see the wildflowers before the forecast heatwave on Thursday finished them off. Starting on Gorman Post Rd. it was windy, 56 degrees and sadly nothing like the photos in the previous report dated the 23rd. There was a subdued splash here and there in the protected areas but not much more. Hoping it might get better as the day warmed and away from the Grapevine we moved eastward on Hwy 138 but alas, we had to resort to memories of bygone times to visualize what it may be once again in the future.

You could see great swaths where the flowers once were but are now just a shadow. But all was not lost, there were a few expansive fields of poppies but rather thinly populated to enjoy. And of course here and there were the cloistered pockets of exuberant color that mesmerize and keep us coming back for more.

Mar 28, 2015 BLM Report: Spring has sprung at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument! Ranger Stacy photo.



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