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2017 Southern California Wildflower Reports

Feb 18, 2017 James reports: Shooting star at vernal pools trail at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve 02/15/2017

Feb 17, 2017 Victoria reports: Chino Hills State Park. There are quite a few patches of blooming poppy, Beautiful! From Chino Hill gate, go along the paved road, when you see the 2 hydro towers, walk up toward the two hydro towers on the right hand side, when you walk up the hill, turn left towards the hydro tower, continue to go, until you see a bush of trees on the left side, then walk through it and you will see the blooming flowers down the hills.

Feb 17, 2017 DUSA reports: Carrizo Plain National Monument has received a good amount of rain this year and that should result in a good wildflower season. Look for wildflowers in early March, we will update when we get some more reports in the next few weeks.

Feb 15, 2017 Cnpix reports: California wild Poppies in Lake Elsinore on the north side of Railroad Canyon Rd, picture taken on February 13, 2017.

Feb 14, 2017 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of February 13th, the hills are greening up but no flower buds have been seen yet. Because the rains started late and then came on heavily, it wasn’t the optimal precipitation pattern for poppies so we’re expecting a moderate poppy bloom. Their shallower roots from late germination will also be more vulnerable to late freezes and early heat waves. However, we might be getting a good show of some rarely seen flowers that need heavy rains. If all goes well, we can expect the bloom to start in early to mid-March and last until mid-April or later.

Feb 9, 2017 Cnpix reports: Wildflowers just starting to show in the back country roads of San Diego county.

Feb 7, 2017 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: The recent rains have started to green up the hills with tiny wildflower sprouts, but its too early to determine if and when we will have a good bloom this year. They started late, so they're vulnerable to freezes or early heat waves. We are currently seeing a lot of grasses and filaree and not very many poppies, but new sprouts are coming up every day! If all goes well, we can expect the bloom to start in early to mid-March, and last until mid-April or so, depending on the season's weather.

Jan 30, 2017 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of January 30th the recent rains have started to green up the hills with tiny wildflower sprouts, but it is too early to determine what the bloom will be like this year. We have reached the minimum amount of rain the poppies need, but there are many other factors that can still affect them such as late freezes or early heat waves. If all goes well, we expect the bloom to start in early to mid-March and last until mid-April or later.

Jan 24, 2017 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: We've reached the minimum of 7 inches of rain that we need to POSSIBLY have a good bloom this year! However... after so many years of drought, the rain is percolating down deep into the soil and out of reach of plant roots. We'll still be vulnerable to a brief season like last year if it warms up early and the rains don't come frequent enough to sustain the bloom. The hills are getting a green hue to them but no flowers showing yet.

Jan 13, 2017 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: The recent rains have alleviated the drought in much of the state, but we're still at only half of what we need to potentially have a good bloom at the Poppy Reserve. More rain is coming though! Shoots of grasses, red-stem filaree, and a few little poppies are starting to poke through. It's still too early to predict the bloom duration and intensity, but regular updates will begin in February. The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center will be open March 1 - April 30.

Jan 1, 2017 DUSA reports: More rain in southern California this weekend good start for the upcoming wildflower season.

 

 


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