Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 2, 2019

Antelope Valley Wildflowers 3/2/19

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports

As of March 2nd, poppy plants are still small and a few have started blooming. We expect the bloom will be best mid-March through April. Some small “belly flowers” such as filaree, slender keel fruit and forget-me-nots have started blooming on the east side of the park. The Joshua trees in front of the visitor center are blooming.

Please remember, visitors must stay on OFFICIAL TRAILS only; photos in the flowers are not allowed in the park. Walking in the poppies creates dirt patches and may result in a ticket. DO NOT walk where others have already damaged the habitat; it will compound the damage and leave a scar for years to come.

Commercial and student filming/photography requires a permit. No dogs, bikes on trails, drones, or picking flowers.

Poppies open up in mid morning, and curl up in the late afternoon/evening 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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