Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2012

Antelope Valley Wildflower Update 4/17/12

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve SNR  just published a new wildflower bloom report:

This year just isn’t a good one for wildflowers. We had very dry winter with few plants germinating, and more have not appeared despite the recent series of rainstorms.  The hills are mostly green with a few scattered poppies around, and a few other wildflowers here and there along the trails such as fiddleneck, slender-keeled fruit, goldfields, filaree, grape soda lupine and others. See Latest Poppy Reserve Research Field Notes and Observations for more details.The best route at this time is going up the Tehachapi Vista Point trail and back along the South Poppy Loop Trail. Just over the crest at the top, a nice patch of poppies can be seen on the south-facing slope. Coming back on the South Poppy Loop trail, there are more poppies but they’re spread around.  If you’re up for a long hike, a lightening-strike fire in September burned the south-east end of the park, and several healthy patches of poppies can be seen along the lower Antelope Buttes Vista Point trail.  Its about a 3 mile round trip and its not a carpet of poppies, but they’re good looking flowers without all the grasses crowding them out.Although it doesn’t look like its going to get better at this point, there’s still a chance that we’ll have a late season coming.

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