California Native Plant Society
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

Poppy Reserve

The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is located just to the northwest of the San Gabriel Mountains in the Mojave Desert, about 15 miles west of Lancaster. It's a 75-minute drive from the Pasadena area. The spring display of California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) is absolutely grand in years when there is ample rain throughout the preceding winter.

A. 2008: April

This was a very good year for poppies.

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B. 2009: March

This year there are not the broad expanses of poppies that occur in good years; but there are pleny of poppies so see, with the best being on south-facing slopes.

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California poppies (Eschscholtzia californica) on a south-facing slope

Fiddleneck (Amsinckia ressellata)

Goldfields
Goldfields
Cream cups

Goldfields (Lasthenia californica)

Cream cups (Platystemon californicus)

 

 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

All images © 1990-2009 Mary and Graham Bothwell.

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