Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 29, 2018

Hungry Valley/ Tejon Pass Wildflowers 3/29/18

Hungry Valley OHV has a new wildflower report for 3/29/19

What a difference a week makes! Scattered blooms are showing up in many areas of the park, and there is a big, showy display of coreopsis that is turning the hillsides yellow behind Lane Ranch Campground.

If you come in from the south entrance, there are blue dicks beginning to bloom on the north side of the road as you leave the oaks. The white daisy-like tidy tips and the diminutive goldfields are also starting in the south, with some concentrations of these flowers in the yucca patch between Lane Ranch and Aliklik Campgrounds. Watch for the goldenbush brightening up the area with their cheerful yellow blossoms.

The hillside near the turn-off for the north entrance has wild parsley starting to show their lacy yellow flowers, and baby blue eyes have popped up along Spaghetti Pass. There is a turnout where Gorman Trail starts if you want to stop and admire the display of baby blues eyes on the other side of Gold Hill Road.

The Gorman Hills are beginning to get quite colorful with large patches of yellow from the coreopsis. The fiddleneck are starting to add their golden hue, and hints of purple from the lupine and phacelia can be found in the area.

Poppies have not started here yet, but they are showing their bright orange blossoms along Highway 138 and at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster. If you are planning a trip to view the poppies, please try to go midweek to avoid some of the traffic, and check the weather for sunshine so that the poppies will be open.

With the warmer weather predicted for this coming week, the flowers could really be showy soon, so make plans to visit Hungry Valley this spring! Please remember that the warm weather that brings out the flowers also brings out the snakes. Though rattlesnakes are dangerous, they are rarely deadly. They are not normally aggressive, but they will defend themselves if they feel threatened. Watch your step as you view the flowers and give snakes plenty of room to get away.

Please protect the flowers by not stepping on them and do not disrupt the plant’s life cycle by picking the flowers. Plucked flowers means less seeds for the animals to eat, and for future propagation. (It is also illegal and may result in a citation.)

Please keep California clean by disposing your trash responsibly; litter ruins the view and harms plants and animals.

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