Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 2, 2018

Antelope Valley Wildflowers 4/2/18

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve SNR reports

As of April 2nd, the hills are mostly green but there is a variety of wildflowers scattered around the reserve. There are a few scattered poppies and “belly flowers” such as gold fields, filaree, slender keel fruit, red maids, and popcorn flowers growing alongside the Poppy Trail South Loop and on the Tehachapi Vista Point. Kitanemuk Vista Point has wild hyacinths and fiddleneck. Antelope Trail South Loop and Antelope Butte Trail have fiddleneck and filaree.

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.

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