Southern California flowering in May?

Kipp McMichael via pbs
Thu, 18 Mar 2021 10:32:59 PDT

  Late May is not a bad time at all - though that time is too late for the spring annuals which in some years can superbloom in areas very close to San Luis Obispo. SLO County is the most Calochortus-rich county on the planet - and in late May you can still catch them and many other taxa in bloom.

  I was just in SLO this weekend and it has been a dry winter and spring (though it did rain while I was there).  There won't be any superblooms this year (and, in any case, they would be over by late May) but even in meagre-to-average rainfall years late May is a prime time for lilies and geophytes in SLO.

  The serpentine hills within city-limits (Laguna Lake Park) are greats spots for geophytes and the SLO-endemic Calochortus obispoensis, for instance. And a 45-min drive up the coast will get you to some of the few intact coastal prairies in California - where the cool ocean climate means flowers are still common into June and July.


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Subject: [pbs] Southern California flowering in May?

I have to spend a few days in late May in San Luis Obispo, in southern
coastal California. I wonder if this is too late to see any native
plants in flower. Can someone who knows this area advise me?


Jane McGary,

Portland, Oregon, USA

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