Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 24, 2011

Antelope Valley Wildflower Update 3/24/11

On 3-24-11 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports:

“It’s a late poppy season this year, but with this week’s rains, the season may last longer too.

Individual poppy flowers are blooming around the reserve, so the fields are still mostly green but have brilliant orange dots scattered among the grasses. Grape soda lupine bushes are in bloom at the west end of the Tehachapi Vista Point Trail, and owl’s clover are starting to pop up on the North Poppy Loop Trail. Kitanemuk Vista Point has great views of the patches of goldfields that are starting to turn the surrounding hillsides yellow, and Lacy Phacelia are beginning to bloom on the west slope of the point. There are many poppy plants with buds forming, and several other wildflowers can be found blooming along the trails. Poppies bundle themselves up when it’s cold and windy, so check the forecast before coming out.”

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  1. Hi,

    Nice to hear. When do you think the ideal time to come down to see everything in full bloom would be? Thanks!

    Sarah

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    • Most likely sometime in April, but cold, rain and wind all can have an impact on when the bloom occurs and the quality of the bloom. I would suggest continue to follow the reports on the Antelope Valley Website http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=627 or call the Poppy Reserve Wildflower Hotline (661) 724-1180. I would suggest getting there early in the day as it is often quite windy and you might have less wind then.

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