The #WhereTheWildflowersAre social media takeover featured 24 different local wildflowers and gave wildflower fans an easily accessible way to explore the outdoors and inspire outdoor enthusiasts to get out and spot these local blooming beauties. Wildflowers like Arroyo Lupine, Bush Sunflowers, Common Fiddlenecks and the popular super bloom California Poppies were just a few of the species that were featured during the virtual tour. Check out a few posts below with fun facts about local wildflowers.
Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria biflora) - Named for the color of its flowers, the Chocolate Lily is most often found on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks in Chaparral areas.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy encourages the public to get outdoors and enjoy the magic of wildflower season. Hikers looking for their own wildflower adventure can get their start at the City of Newport Beach’s Buck Gully Reserve and the City of Irvine’s Bommer Canyon, which both offer trails with 7-day self-guided access.
Get an up close look at local wildflower blooms and enjoy the majestic scenery of the canyons during the upcoming Wildflower Hike: Limestone Canyon on Hicks Haul Road on March 24. Hikers will experience breathtaking views of wildflower blooms across the Landmarks.
Wildflower enthusiasts interested in giving back to the Landmarks and working with local flowers should sign-up for It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm. Help Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff harvest seeds from beautiful native spring wildflowers, like California Poppies and Arroyo Lupines. Absolutely no experience or special equipment required!
Discover seldom-hiked trails and look out for wildflowers during Discover Hidden Canyons: Weir Canyon on April 8. Hikers will see fantastic vista views, wildflowers, a secluded oasis of oaks, and rising rocky outcrops. Listen to tales of how local habitats were formed and the plants and animals that call them home.
Visit LetsGoOutside.org to sign up for upcoming spring activities highlighting wildflower season and for more details on programs, hikes, and other activities where you can experience wildflowers firsthand. All activities are free with required pre-registration, which closes at 4 p.m. the day prior to each event.