This year was a rough season for wildflowers in Southern California. Minimal rainfall, warm temperatures at odd times, and even a few early wildfires stunted this year’s wildflower season. In all but a few places, we did not witness meadows and rolling hills carpeted in periwinkle or orange. The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve barely experienced a showing, and issued a statement on April 29th stating that the wildflower season had ended early.
Don’t give up hope just yet. For those of us who are willing to get out there and look for wildflowers, they can be found. Although California’s main spring bloom may be over, there is a second wave taking place in late spring and into the summer. Here are some of the species to look for, and where to find them.