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2018 Southern California Wildflower Reports

April 20, 2018 Morgan reports: Figueroa Mountain Road, view of Grass Mountain on Saturday, April 14.  There’s a dusting of orange poppies in the distance. Along the road there’s a fair amount of shooting stars, blue dicks and a handful of poppies. Nothing is blooming on the side of the road just past the fire station though. 

 


April 17, 2018 Ashley reports: Kelso Valley is blooming very nicely with large patches of Fremont Phacelia, Goldfields, Coreopsis, Lupines, Blazing Stars, Golden Gilia, and as pictured Pygmy Poppies, Androsace and Kelso Creek Monkeyflowers.


Kernville has some wonderful California Poppies blooming, and along Mountain Highway 99 from Kernville to South Creek Falls there are some excellent displays, all accessible beside the road.

Tobias Creek Trail, Hang a left after crossing the bridge behind McNally's along Mountain Highway 99.  Great display of Owls Clover, Harlequin Lupine, Foothill Poppies, Birds Eye Gilia and Phacelia, others include Cream Puffs, Delphiniums, Death Lilly's, and Goldfields.


April 13, 2018 Paul reports: I was up in Ridgecrest on April 8+9 and can confirm Rachel's Facebook note in a little more detail. Red Rock Canyon doesn't have a lot going on at all, but from the upper end of hwy 14 north of Jawbone it gets much better and continues all the way up and past the junction of 14 and 395. There's plenty of desert dandelion, goldfield, sandblossoms, mojave pincushion and various phacelia species. Going into Owens Valley I haven't driven further north than the Fossil Falls exit.

The Fossil Falls hiking trail itself doesn't have that many flowers, but the valley and foothills just east of the red cinder cone and quarry are very nice. In addition to the species mentioned above, thistle sage stalks are just beginning to open and look like they will put on a really good showing in the coming weekends. There are also good scatterings of purple owl's clover in between the dominant species from the sunflower family, and the occasional black/purple morph of mojave lomatium shows up in the sandy washes.

The Sierra flowers photo is from the side of the 395 just west of the Bradys gas station, the other two are from the area east of the red cinder cone at Fossil Falls.


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April 13, 2018 Larry reports: Photos were taken in the Pioneertown Mountain Reserve on April 10, 2018. The oak are in full bloom and producing wonderful perfume. Blue bells were profuse in the wetter areas. There were some blooms of the desert sage. Yucca and Joshua trees are starting to produce blooms. Some of the mallow was blooming and looks like it will be spectacular in a few more days with lots of buds pending.

April 11, 2018 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: If we continue to have very warm days, we may see the poppies peak soon. This week and next week may be the best times to see the few scattered poppies that we have, along with beautiful blooms of goldfields and lupines!


April 11, 2018 Rachel Facebook page reports: A lot is blooming along highway 395...from Ridgecrest to Independence.

April 11, 2018 Rena reports: The area east of Arvin, California driving along CA-223 towards CA-58 Highway has some pretty lupine, poppies, and some other deep yellow flowers.  It's not as dramatic as last year, but still is a pretty sight.  These photos were taken on 4-8-18.


April 11, 2018 Larry reports: I took a walk along the Chumash Trail to the Rocky Peak Trail and down the Las Llamas Trail in  Simi. So far the best wildflowers I've seen this year.  Not as good as many years, but after almost giving up it looks like there are a few flowers to be see in 2018.



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.

Mar 23, 2018 Carrizo Plain National Monument reports: Got some rain during the week (1.7 inches) and the area is turning green, some road muddy at this time. Still early, there is some hope for a good wildflower display.

Mar 23, 2018 DesertUSA reports: There are still daffodils blooming along the roads in Julian.

Mar 16, 2018 DesertUSA reports: Julian has its daffodils in bloom along the roads.

Mar 16, 2018 DesertUSA reports: San Diego backcountry is starting to show a few wildflowers along the roads and the area is very green.

Mar 16, 2018 DesertUSA reports: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve has received a little more rain during the week, but not enough to make a good bloom this year.

Mar 9, 2018 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of March 4th, poppy plants are still only sprouts with a few buds, but the rain this weekend will give them a better chance of surviving to flower. The only flower currently blooming is the grape soda lupine at the top of Tehachapi Vista Point trail. It won't be a great bloom this year, but the bloom forecast is looking better and we should start seeing more flowers in the next week or two.

Mar 9, 2018 Carrizo Plain National Monument reports: Outlook is not good for wildflowers this year.

Mar 2, 2018 DesertUSA reports: The Poppy Reserve got a little more rain and is now at 2.15 inches for the year so far.

Feb 23, 2018 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: Currently only a few plants are sprouting, and with no major rainstorms in the forecast it still looks like we won't have much of a bloom this year. Last year at this time, we had over 10 inches of rain and hundreds of poppy plants were growing; so far this year, we have less than 2 inches and the sprouts we have are mostly filaree and fiddleneck. 

Feb 19, 2018 Carrizo Plain National Monument reports: More than midway through the “rainy” season, and there’s been a hiccup. San Luis Obispo County, California, home to the Carrizo Plain, typically gets more than a foot of rain from October through mid-February. But this season, slightly more than one inch of precipitation has fallen in that timeframe, nowhere near enough for wildflowers.

Feb 19, 2018 Donald reports: Whitewate Preserve Yucca Valley area pictures taken on 2/16/17.

Feb 9, 2018 Barbara reports: On Sunday, Feb 4, I saw 2 scraggly Brittlebush and 1 white evening primrose (?) blooming near Ridgecrest, CA while I was driving along Highway 14.  I didn’t stop to take any pictures, but I thought I’d report.

Feb 9, 2018 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of February 6th, we are not expecting to have much of a bloom this year. We have only had one significant rain storm, and only a few poppies have sprouted. We will need more rain again soon to keep them going. A few grasses and filaree have also sprouted, but the hills are still mostly brown.

Jan 23, 2018 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: Currently, we are only up to 1.7 inches of rain at the reserve, all from the January storm. We are not expecting a big bloom this year because of the late start. The first leaves of a few wildflowers are just beginning to come up.

Jan 9, 2018 DUSA reports: It is finally raining in Southern California, looks like 2 inches in some areas.

 

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