Picking wildflowers is often illegal. Removing or tramping on them interferes with pollination and reduces their numbers. Transplanting blooming wildflowers is rarely successful.
Please do not trespass on private property to view wildflowers. If you are viewing wildflowers that are on private property please view only from neighboring public areas and respect all signs on accessibility.
Please enjoy their beauty without damaging them.”
Below is an example of what happens when wildflower viewing gets out of hand:
March 10, 2017 Chino Hills State Park & Discovery Center Reports: At Chino Hills State Park, our wildflower fields are becoming increasingly damaged by visitors climbing the hillsides off the designated trails. If visitors continue to go off trails to hike through the flower fields, there will not be any wildflowers in the future. Help us prevent this from happening by staying on trails. The following photo is the result of this off-trail activity. DO NOT GO OFF THE MARKED TRAIL AT CHINO HILLS STATE PARK.Source: Desert Wildflower Reports for Southern California by DesertUSA