California might be set for another incredible wildflower bloom
When all the right conditions align, springtime in California comes with a coat of beautiful wildflowers. This year, some spots around the state might see a burst of color that is sure to draw crowds.
Two years ago, areas like the Anza-Borrego Desert and Carrizo Plain National Monument saw a massive burst of flowers that drew in hundreds of thousands of visitors who were eager to see what was dubbed a “superbloom”.
This year, flowers are expected to grow well, with a bloom that will last through March and even April, depending on where you go. Some of the flowers visitors can see include desert lilies, sand verbena, California poppies and much more.
In the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, flowers are already starting to bloom. According to the park’s Facebook page, the recent Woolsey Fire and heavy rains mean that the park’s biologists “are even more optimistic that this will be the perfect combo for an amazing display of spring wildflowers in March and April.” The park is advising visitors to stay on the trails, not tread on vegetation and not to pick the flowers.
However, nothing is guaranteed when it comes to delicate wildflowers, and cold weather or a hot spell could stop a strong bloom from happening. But if you want to make sure you’ll see some blooms when heading to one of these reasons, up-to-date information can be found.
Travellers can follow updates on the best spots to visit to see the blooms on the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association Facebook page. Or, you can call the Theodore Payne Wild Flower Hotline, which flowers weekly online and record updates between March and May, outline the best locations for wildflowers in Southern and Central California. Visit the website or call 818 768-1802, ext. 7.