Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 2, 2019

Southern California Wildflower Updates and Summary 3/1/19

Theodore Payne posted its first wildflower report of the season. Below are a few highlights and places covered in the report. See full report and photos at

We expect an excellent wild flower season after all the winter rainfall. Getting access to some of our favorite viewing sites may present challenges however. Trails, roads and some highways are closed due to water erosion, rock slides and subsequent damage. For example, see Malibu Creek State Park report below. Please check road and trail conditions by phone or websites before you travel. Also, please take care not to wander into private property, closed public roads or trample wild flowers. It’s a little too early and too cool for some popular places to have a diversity of flowers blooming yet, but other sites welcome visitors with bountiful displays of flowers.

  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,
  • Topanga State Park
  • Placerita Canyon Nature Center

 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve tells us that with all the rain, there will be a slow start on the poppies (Eschscholtzia californica) but the anticipation is breathtaking.

Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park in Orange County is beckoning early flower chasers. T

The best place to get your senses back in shape after being winter dormant is a visit to Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

Further north and east of Palm Springs, the Coachella Valley Preserve in Thousand Palms is a rich habitat system of desert palm oases, desert riparian, sand dunes and alluvial plains.

Our regional Botanic Gardens will all be looking terrific this year and offering tours and various events that highlight their bountiful seasonal blooms. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, is the place to enjoy everything that native plant- worthy.

One easy trail in Huntington Beach will satisfy two passions—walking among coastal sage wild flowers and birdwatching! T

The Habitat Gardens at Elizabeth Learning Center in Cudahy are a secluded refuge for re-wilding in SoEast L.A.

Several other of our favorite flower viewing sites did contact me this week to note that it is too early for flowers, but are expecting a good bloom in a few weeks. They include: Carrizo Plain National Monument, Mt Figueroa in the Los Padres National Forest, and the Southern California Montane Botanic Garden, Oak Glen Preserve.

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