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2019 Southern Ca. Wildflower Reports

Jan 14, 2019 DesertUSA reports: A new storm this week will bring rain to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve and Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Jan 9, 2019 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: We have had very little rain this winter, but we are still hoping for a good bloom in the spring. The hotline will start updating in early February.

Jan 1, 2019 DesertUSA reports: There's been a good amount of rain so far in Southern California. The outlook for wildflowers at this point in time is good.






2018 Southern California Wildflower Reports

Dec 6, 2018 DesertUSA reports: Another inch of rain today.

Dec 1, 2018 DesertUSA reports: Over an inch of rain on 11/29/18 in some areas of San Diego County and Riverside County. You can see the little green buds popping up.

Oct 14, 2018 DesertUSA reports: Riverside and San Diego county received rain on Friday and Saturday.

June 18, 2018 DUSA reports: Wildflowers are in bloom around the Mammoth Lakes in central California.

May 25, 2018 Ashley reports: Not quite the desert, but from La Tuna Canyon Park in Los Angeles: Fire-followers are out in full force following the La Tuna Fire of September 2017 and the recent April/May rains. Some of the showiest displays of Large-flowered phacelia, Elegant clarkia, morning glory and Sticky monkeyflower I've seen, along with other species of phacelia, phlox, buckwheat, black sage, eucrypta etc. (and nonnative mustards). I had 20-25 species of wildflowers in large numbers along a one mile stretch of the Hostetter fire road. Other fire-followers included singing Lazuli buntings. Pictures from 5/23/18, a small selection of what is on display.

May 15, 2018 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: Beavertail cactus now in full bloom.

May 11, 2018 Ashley reports: BLM's Scenic Byway, which goes between HWY178 and the summit of Ninemile Canyon, is currently having a large display in the burn areas from the 2016 Chimney Fire.  The first two pictures are from Ninemile Canyon which is also still blooming strong and the others from the Byway.  The Road is doable with 2WD and good tires. Big display of Coreopsis, Gilia's, White Tidy Tips, Grape Soda Lupine and Phacelia's and all at road level.  I would suggest diving the route from North to South for the best views.

May 5, 2018 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of April 2nd, 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.

May 2, 2018 Kathy reports: Photos taken at Triunfo Creek Park, Pentachaeta Trail in Westlake Village California, owned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, spring is ending quickly.  Although there are still areas with wonderful wildflower displays.  Peaking now are Catalina Mariposa Lily, Purple Chinese Houses, Caterpillar Phacelia, Silver Puffs, Yellow Yarrow, Globe Lilly, Fiesta Flower, Wooly Blue Curls, Speckled Clarkia, Purple Nightshade, Yellow Chenactis, Bigelow Coreopsis, Wild Hyacinth, Black Sage, Checkered Bloom, Purple Clarkia.


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