Late Bloom at State's Poppy Reserve

Poppies seen on May 2nd from the South Poppy Loop Trail | Photo Courtesy California State Parks

Park rangers thought poppies had peaked last week, but nature had other plans. There are still no carpets of orange, but for wildflower enthusiasts there's reason to celebrate at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve:

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It looked like we were going to have a very disappointing poppy bloom this year, but it turned out to just be running late! The late rains and cold weather were holding the poppies back, but the recent warm weather has brought out the color. We still don't have carpets of orange like we've had some years, but there are lots of plants with big, bright flowers scattered all over the hillsides. They can be found along many of the south-facing trails, but it looks like the best areas are along the beginning of the South Poppy Loop Trail and around the picnic area

If the weather cooperates--as in no heat waves--things could last for about three weeks, officials said.

The Weekend Sherpa gives a good overview on the California State Park Foundation's website.

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Zach Behrens is KCET's Director of News, Region and State, working on digital and on-air news products that relate to Southern California and beyond.
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