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2015 Southern California Wildflower Reports

Mar 6, 2015 Doris Reports: March 5, 2015 Rachmacher Hills, South of Ridgecrest, CA in the Mojave Desert. Caulanthus inflatus between known as Desert Candle, an unusual planet, is blooming just south of Ridgecrest. The simple stems are erect and inflated and quite distinct. Clasping up around the stem at the top are purple leave, reaching for the sun.



Mar 5, 2015 Donald Reports: On Lancaster Road near the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve on 3-3-15.


Mar 4, 2015 Heidi Reports: Carrizo Plains National Monument March 2, 2015



Mar 1, 2015 Shelley Reports: Sunday, Mar 1, 2015. cold & windy but rainy. Sent with iPhone





Mar 1, 2015 Vija Reports: Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve February 27, 2015. Here are some photos near Kitanemuk Vista Point.



Feb 28, 2015 John Reports: Ventura County - The Camarillo Springs fire has really given wildflowers the opportunity to flourish in the western Santa Monica Mountains. Take Potrero Road from Newbury Park and snake down to CSU Channel Islands and there will be lupine, poppies and other wildflowers sprouting around the hills. Inside CSUCI near the student parking, there is a modest hill with a thick carpet of lupine. There are other small patches of lupine around the hills which are all visible from the roads. There have also been great reports down in La Jolla Canyon of some great wildflowers as well.




Feb 28, 2015 Teresa Reports: I took these photos at Malibu Creek State Park on February 27, 2015. There are small patches of poppies and lupine but I also saw blue dicks, filaree and various others here and there. I'd recommend the trip for those who live in the LA area and can't drive out to the farther locations. This park also has Redwoods!




Feb 26, 2015 Jeff Reports: These photos taken today 2-24-15 Carrizo Plain National Monument ,Looks like it maybe a good year!



Feb 26, 2015 Daniel Reports: This is from Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet 2/25/2015. Right now the wildflower trail is full of poppys and other flowers already in full bloom. The workers say this is one of the better years this season.


Feb 25, 2015 June Reports: California poppies, lupine, Indian paint brush, and many more are in bloom in Aliso Canyon, Santa Ynez Recreation Area Santa Barbara area. February 24,2015.



Feb 24, 2015 Bill Reports: Pacheco State Park - Sunday 2/22/2015. We saw fields with numbers of shooting stars, yellow violets, popcorn flowers and blue dicks. Fiddlenecks were just starting to bloom. Some small lupine flowers on short stems were present but not obvious. Other flowers (saxifrage and purple sanicle for example) were present in smaller numbers. At the end of Dinosaur Point Road near the San Luis Reservoir, we parked in a large parking lot on the left side of the road. We walked up a hillside behind the restrooms and saw lots of flowers on that hillside.


 

Feb 24, 2015 Shelley Reports: Sunday, Feb 22, 2015. Cold & windy but rainy, too! May help the bloom : ) Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve



Feb 24, 2015 June Reports: Highway 101 between San Miguel and San Ardo: Look for brilliant orange California poppy patches on south facing hillsides. February 22, 2015. Central California.

Feb 24, 2015 Rena Reports: My husband and I spotted all of these beautiful orange and yellow flowers running along Highway 180 near Fresno. They went on for miles!!If you are coming from Los Angeles, drive north towards Fresno (It's about a three-hour drive). Then take Highway 41 north to Highway 180. Then take Highway 180 east. You will begin to see the flowers running parallel to the highway. The flowers go on and on for about two or three miles. They begin at about De Wolf Avenue and continue all the way down to Academy Avenue. There are plenty of places where you can stop and safely take photos.



Feb 23, 2015 Garry Reports: California poppies are starting to bloom on the south-facing hillsides near Aliso Canyon, Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area. Lupins are also starting to bloom in the area below the hillsides. But the blooming seems to be isolated mostly to this particular area. This is in the Los Padres National Forest about 10 miles north of Santa Barbara.


Feb 22, 2015 Carrizo Plain National Monument Reports: The are some flowers, mostly on the south end of the monument. They include; fiddleneck, hillside daisy, filaree, coreopsis, poppies, goldfields, desert candle and phacelia. There are no fields/carpets of flowers, but you can find some of the above listed ones as you drive around.

Feb 20, 2015 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve Reports: The hills are covered with green, and a handful of poppies have already started blooming along the edge of the parking lot and along Lancaster Road. Filaree and loco week have also begun blooming, and some other small flowered species. We're expecting a very good to excellent bloom this year; our peak is typically mid-April but it may be earlier this year if we don't receive more rain to sustain the bloom.

Feb 20, 2015 Mary Reports: Ridgecrest desert is starting to bloom! These photos were taken on Monday morning, Feb. 16, 2015. Take College Heights Blvd south, past Cerro Coso College, past the parking lot on the right, onto the dirt road, continuing south a short distance. There are several varieties in bloom, including Lacy Phacelia, Fremont Phacelia, Gilia, Coreopsis, Fiddleneck, Fiesta Flower, Gold Field, and others.




Feb 12, 2015 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve Reports: The hills are covered with green, and a handful of poppies have already started blooming along the edge of the parking lot. Filaree and loco week have also begun blooming, and some other small flowered species. We're expecting a very good to excellent bloom this year; our peak is typically mid-April but it may be earlier this year if we don't receive more rain to sustain the bloom.
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Feb 7, 2015 Gregg Reports: Bits of the Hi Desert look like suburban lawns, so green is it. Lots of wildflowers-to-be, I hope. My first three three blooms of the year are Rattlesnake Weed near Landers, and Layne's milkvetch and a Cryptantha sp. in the Yucca Mesa area of Joshua Tree.




Feb 5, 2015 Amy Reports: Just camped the night in the Carrizo Plains over the weekend 1/31-2/1 and saw minimal bloom, but a few things were getting started. The Erodium is in full bloom, decorating the hillsides in a pretty purple. Some poppies are showing their faces, but many are still in vegetative state. Additionally Amsinkia's, Astragalus, Phacelia (possibly ciliata), Lupinus albifrons, and Lomatium. Enjoy some of these photos!‚Äč

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Feb 5, 2015 Rick Reports: What flower is this. Took 2-4-15 in the hills of N. Palm Springs.


Flower looks like Phacelia Grandiflora. Betsy 2/12/15

Feb 2, 2015 Morgan Reports: Photos from a Sunday morning (02-01-15) hike up the Jesusita trail in the upper San Roque canyon area of Santa Barbara. The hillside between the two meadows has a large patch of lupine in full bloom. There is also a lot of nightshade blooming along the trail and blue dicks mixed in with the grasses. Photos taken with a Canon S95.


Feb 1, 2015 Ken Reports: Early season blooms are out at the San Marcos Foothills Preserve (between Santa Barbara and Goleta). The western end of the Preserve has most of the flowers (entrance off of Via Gaitero Road). Solanum xanti (chaparral nightshade) is putting on a show, plus some Encelia californica (California sunflower), ranunculus californicus (California buttercup), Dichelostemma capitatum (Blue dicks) and Ribes speciosum (fuchsia-flowered gooseberry).


Jan 26, 2015 Katie Reports: San Marcos Pass Bridge on HWY 154 Jan 21, 2015
Surprised to see a few shooting stars, some milkmaids, and the California bay laurel were blooming.


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....

 

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