Southern California Wildflower Reports
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Note: Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the desert, but it can also be a time for caution. Rattlesnakes lie dormant during the cold fall and winter months and awaken from hibernation in the warm months of March and April. Another reason to stay on the trails. More...
2018 Southern California Wildflower Reports
April 6, 2018 Brian reports: These were all taken south of the Cathedral City Cove Wednesday at 8am.
Ghost Flower (just saw one), Indigo Bush (many), Desert Lavender (many) were a few of the things that were blooming.
April 6, 2018 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: The hills are mostly green with different varieties of wildflowers scattered around the reserve. There are a few scattered poppies and "belly flowers" such as gold fields, filaree, slender keel fruit, red maids, and popcorn flowers growing alongside the Poppy Trail South Loop and on the Tehachapi Vista Point.
April 6, 2018 Ashley reports: Nine Mile Canyon, East off HWY395, North of Pearsonville, Along road, the following can be seen; California Poppies, Blazing Star, Coreopsis, Nevada Gilia, Sand Verbena, Fiddlenecks (Devils Lettuce), Phacellia, Purple Nama and Dandelions at the base of canyon.
Red Rock Canyon SP – while there is plenty of green grass, there's not a lot of flowering and what is, is quite undersized. Along Hagan Canyon trail, the following can be seen; Goldfields, Blazing Star, Coreopsis, Scrub Gilia, Phacellia, Purple Nama and Scalebud.
April 6, 2018 Rena reports: There are miles and miles of beautiful yellow, purple, white and baby blue flowers to be seen along CA 245 North which runs between Woodlake, CA and Highway 180.
Woodlake, CA is about three hours northeast of Los Angeles. And CA 245 is a beautiful two-lane curvy road. The entire drive from Woodlake, CA all the way to Highway 180 is about 55 miles, with the best flowers to be seen at about the midway point. There are plenty of places to pull over and take photos. These photos were taken on 4/1/18.
April 2, 2018 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: It was a beautiful weekend out in the park! Make sure you stay on the trails and watch where you step as rattlesnakes have been spotted out and about!
April 2, 2018 Maturango Museum reports: Annual Wildflower Show April 6 - 8. Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores, Ridgecrest CA 93555, 760-375-6900
April 2, 2018 Donald reports: Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, Sand to Snow National Monument, March 31, 2018
Mar 27, 2018 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: we are beginning to see a few scattered poppies and gold fields starting to bloom alongside the Poppy Trail South Loop. On the Tehachapi Vista Point, our fragrant grape soda lupines are still blooming and towards the Kitanemuk Vista Point there are a few wild hyacinths. Antelope Trail South Loop and Antelope Butte Trail have lots of fiddleneck, slender keel fruit and filaree.
We are estimating a small to moderate poppy bloom in about another week or two if the nice weather holds and if we do not get too much frost or heat. Please remember to stay on the designated trails so we may protect these beauties!
Mar 26, 2018 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: No poppies blooming yet, but the rain has greened up our hills. Four poppy buds were found on this plant near Kitanemuk Vista Point. Rain now at 4.4 inches this year.
Mar 23, 2018 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: Fiddleneck, slender keel fruit, and filaree are beginning to show their small flowers around the park. Several small poppy plants are growing alongside the Tehachapi Vista Point Trail, Antelope Trail South Loop, and Antelope Butte Trail. Two grape soda lupine bushes have started blooming on the Tehachapi Vista Point Trail. On the Kitanemuk Vista point, there are a few wild hyacinths.
A new species is being added to the Poppy Reserve plant list! The dudleya plant, aka "live forever" because of its longevity and ability to reproduce vegetatively, has been found growing on one of the rocky peaks.
We are estimating that a small to moderate bloom will begin in about one to two weeks if the weather holds and if we don't get too much frost or heat.
When will the desert wildflowers bloom? We start our report in January, plan your visit to coincide with the peak of the bloom - keep up to date with DesertUSA's Wildflower Reports. Be sure to bookmark this page for weekly updates.
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