Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 4, 2018

Antelope Valley Wildflowers 5/4/18

Antelope Valley reports

As of May 4th, The poppies and most other wildflowers are gone for the season, but there are a couple of highlights still to see: the beavertail cactus, which usually blooms after the visitor center has closed for the season, is in full bloom. The lupine bushes are also still hanging on to their purple flowers. The visitor center will be closing for the season on Sunday, May 13th (Mother’s Day).

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. 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.

See photos at  Current Photos

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