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2015 Southern California Wildflower Reports

Jan 12, 2015 DUSA Reports: Some rain fell in the southern California on Sunday.

Jan 1, 2015 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve Reports: We got over 2 1/4 inches at the Poppy Reserve iso far! We're now up to 2.8 inches, almost as much as we got all of last year! We're off to a good start, let's hope it keeps up; no guarantees yet....

2014 Southern California Wildflower Reports

Dec 31, 2014 DUSA Reports: The end of the year storm is bringing rain to the Southern Caliifornia areas and its parks, looks good for next year wildflower season.

Dec 1, 2014 DUSA Reports: Rain is expected this week in southern California.

May 20, 2014 Lee reports: The annual field flowers are gone for the most part, the yuccas are getting their bloom on now. Going up Lone Pine Canyon Rd (the back way to Wrightwood) there are a few thousand white spikes of yuccas on both sides of the road over a 5 mile stretch, with a few flannel bush thrown in for good measure.

yuccas
yuccas

May 20, 2014 Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve reports: The last update of the season- there's still a few poppies, but they're pretty small and mostly yellow. And it's hot out there! There's a smattering right up the trail at the east end of the parking lot, and a couple good patches along the lower Antelope loop still going. I'd give it a couple weeks until they're completely done. The buckwheat is now flowering along the south facing slopes.

May 11, 2014 Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve reports: The season is coming to a close but there are still good patches of poppies at the east end of the park, along the Antelope Loop trail. Most other wildflowers have gone to seed but the beavertail cacti now have lovely pink blooms and the buckwheat will be blooming soon.

Poppies open up on nice days, but they curl up if it's windy and cold, so check the weather forecast before arriving. It is frequently windy here during the spring. The other wildflowers stay open, however, making a mosaic of color that changes daily. The weather can change suddenly, so bring a jacket. This is a desert grassland, so bring water and drink often. Bottled water is available for purchase in the interpretive center.

May 7, 2014 CTS reports: Mojave, Ca Sierra Trails RV Park area - Desert Calico, some Beavertail Cacti, Desert Willow, Creosote Bush are blooming. One has to look along roadsides. this photo of Desert Calico taken 5-4-14

desert calico

May 5, 2014 Daniel reports: Hiking at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. There are not many flowers at the entrance/parking lot; however, there is a good showing of poppies on two hills on the trails. Taking the park member's recommendation, I took the trail behind the visitor center up to Kitonemuk Vista Point then made a right turn up at the next junction on the Lightning Bolt trail. From the top of the hill all the way down to the Antelope Trail South Loop is where I saw the best concentration of wildflowers with my pictures taken toward the bottom of the hill. The Park's website says that the peak has already past but viewing might still be good for a couple more weeks. Photos taken 4/29

poppies
poppies

May 4, 2014 Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve reports: As of May 4, the peak has passed but there are still beautiful fields of poppies for probably the next couple weeks, mostly on the slopes along the Antelope Loop trail at this time. Many wildflowers have gone to seed but the beavertail cacti now have lovely pink blooms and the buckwheat will be blooming soon.

Poppies open up on nice days, but they curl up if it's windy and cold, so check the weather forecast before arriving. It is frequently windy here during the spring. The other wildflowers stay open, however, making a mosaic of color that changes daily. The weather can change suddenly, so bring a jacket. This is a desert grassland, so bring water and drink often. Bottled water is available for purchase in the interpretive center.

May 2, 2014 Robin reports: Taken on Munz Ranch Rd on 4/30/14

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