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2019 Southern Ca. Wildflower Reports

Feb 19, 2019 Lee reports: The poppies are near lake street by lake Elsinore  There is a nice display on the hills between corona and lake Elsinore on the east side on the 15 fwy There is a small parking area on the east side of the freeway at Lake st. You can walk up the hills to get better views and/ or walk down the frontage road about 1/2 mile to the cell tower.


Feb 18, 2019 Zippy reports: I found some poppies in the Chino Hills State Park.


Feb 16, 2019 Michael reports: I’m a bit late sending this to you (taken 2/2/2019), but they still might be relevant.  These were taken at Slab City near the water tanks, lower and upper.  There is Sand Verbena and numerous Desert Lilies blooming, along with a few other flowers.

Feb 14, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Lots of rain in California today. Conditions are very wet on the Carrizo Plain NM; another 1-3 inches of rain are anticipated for today and tomorrow. Currently the dirt portion of Soda Lake Road is impassable.

Feb 13, 2019 Craig reports: Hi Jim, using the tips on this page we did a nice hike in the Coachella Valley Preserve taking McCallum trail to Moon County Trail.  Great stands of Desert Sunflower (Geraea canescens), Hairy Sand Verbena (Abronia villosa), Wild Heliotrope (Phacelia distans) and Desert Lupine (Lupinus sparsiflorus)

Feb 11, 2019 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: Young poppies are still sprouting and the first flowers aren't expected for a couple weeks. Some tiny forget-me-nots and slender keeled fruit flowers have been spotted. We won't have a "superbloom" this year but we are expecting a very good or even great bloom. (Location Map)

Feb 11, 2019 Robin reports: Thousand Palms area and Coachella Valley Preserve from Feb 9, 2019 Sand verbena and Correopsis are plentiful on both sides of Thousand Palms highway. The hills of the Coachella Valley Preserve are painted in yellow and the McCallum Trail provides a front row seat to the show.



Feb 10, 2019 Jim reports: Some poppies are starting to bloom along the back country roads in San Diego area.

Feb 7, 2019 Bob reports: This is a follow-up to my post from a week or so ago for the Lindero-Triunfo area trails, specifically at Triunfo Creek Park (Map).  The hills are alive with the glow of shooting stars, now with pinks popping out, too!  We ran into Tim from the Theodore Payne center on the trail on 2/6; we greatly appreciate the work they do there.  Here's the lowdown on where the flowers are this week in a bit more trail detail; some people didn't know where to go.

At the park, there are two primary trails:  the Pentachaeta Trail and the Reservoir Trail.  The shooting star party is now along both trails; the Pentachaeta branch is the easier of the two to access, although the Reservoir patch now has blooming pinks.

Feb 6, 2019 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: It's rainbows and bluebirds at the Poppy Reserve! No poppy flowers yet, maybe starting in a couple weeks.

Feb 4, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is getting more rain and things are looking better for the poppies, but more rain is needed to keep them growing into the spring.

Southern California received another 1 1/2 inches of rain last week and more is on the way.

Feb 1, 2019 Debo reports: Chino Hills behind Green River Golf Course.  Jan 27, 2019

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