Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 16, 2018

Antelope Valley Wildflower Report 3/4/18

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve SNR  reports

As of March 16th, fiddleneck, slender keel fruit, and filaree are beginning to show their small flowers around the park. Several small poppy plants are growing alongside the Tehachapi Vista Point Trail, Antelope Trail South Loop, and Antelope Butte Trail. Two grape soda lupine bushes have started blooming on the Tehachapi Vista Point Trail. On the Kitanemuk Vista point, there are a few wild hyacinths.
We are estimating that a small to moderate bloom will begin in about two to three weeks if the weather holds and if we dont get too much frost or heat.

Stay on OFFICIAL TRAILS only. Walking in the poppies crushes all of the wildflowers and may result in a ticket. DO NOT walk where others have already damaged plants or there is only bare dirt; it will compound the damage and leave a scar for years to come. No dogs, bikes on trails, drones, or picking flowers.

“Selfies” in the flowers are not allowed in the park. All photos must be taken from the trail.

Poppies open up in mid morning, and curl up in the late afternoon or if it’s cold so check the weather forecast before arriving.  The weather can change suddenly and it is frequently windy here during the spring.  This is a DESERT grassland, so drink water often.  Note that it can be very windy here in the spring.

Current Photos

Read March Issue of Newsflash on START OF SPRING 2018 WILDFLOWER SEASON COINCIDES WITH POPPY RESERVE VISITORS CENTER OPENING


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