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California wildflowers in bloom

Dune sunflower
A dune sunflower sticks up above the violet sand-hugging desert verbena in Coyote Canyon inside Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Yellow desert dandelion
San Diego resident Joe Kelly takes a closer look at yellow desert dandelion in Galleta Meadows at the junction of Borrego Springs and Henderson Canyon roads. The retired salesman says he’s staying in Borrego Springs for four days, "... on a vacation from vacation.” (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Caterpillar
Caterpillars like this one are feeding in abundance in Coyote Canyon, taking their pick of the wildflower bounty. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Rising moon
The rising moon slips over the eastern wall of Coyote Canyon, where brittlebush dot the landscape with golden bouquets. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Ocotillo bush
The Day-Glo orange flowers of the thorny-branched ocotillo bushes are reaching full bloom in Coyote Canyon. The packed sand road through the canyon is maintained and passable for most vehicles, but the soft sides of the road should be avoided. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Henderson Canyon Road
Michael Plack of Rancho San Diego photographs a carpet of yellow desert dandelion and purple sand verbena along Henderson Canyon Road. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Flower headband
Yelena Sedochenkova gets in on the wildflower fun with a floral hair bouquet as she enjoys the sun and desert blooms after two days of hiking and camping in Coyote Canyon. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Mira Loma couple
Larry Elwell of Mira Loma has a state park guide to desert wildflowers in hand while his wife, Cindy, photographs yellow desert dandelion. Galleta Meadows, at the junction of Borrego Springs and Henderson Canyon roads, is in full bloom with a variety of annuals and cactuses. Rangers say steady winter rains have brought the most color to local deserts in several years. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Moonlit
Photographed by the light of the moon, Dennis Mammana of Borrego Springs looks up at the stars above a huge field of wildflowers on Henderson Canyon Road. The astronomy photographer and lecturer pulled over to photograph the night sky and the best desert wildflower bloom in several years. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Poppies
California poppies are in bloom on Turnbull Canyon Rd. in Whittier. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Bicycle
A cyclist rides past Oxalis albicans (California Wood Sorrel) also known as sour grass, at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Flower
Native Phacelia in bloom on Turnbull Canyon Rd. in Whittier. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Flower
California bush sunflowers are in bloom on Turnbull Canyon Rd. in Whittier. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Dog
Pat Baker walks “Bear” an 8-year-old Great Pyrenees past Oxalis albicans (California Wood Sorrel) also known as sour grass at Will Rogers State Beach. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Flower
Non-Native Black Mustard blankets the hills on Turnbull Canyon Rd. in Whittier. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Bee
A bee lands on a Non-Native Black Mustard blankets the hills on Turnbull Canyon Rd. in Whittier. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Fields ablaze
Wildflowers
California wildflowers

Desert sunflowers bloom at Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark, a 250-foot-high cinder-cone crater in the Mojave Desert. The area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and sits between the California towns of Barstow and Needles. (David McNew / Getty Images)
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California wildflowers

Desert sunflowers (yellow) and desert sand verbena (purple) at Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark in the Mojave Desert. (David McNew / Getty Images)
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California wildflowers

Blue larkspur is found in the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Gabriels and other areas throughout Southern California. (Michael Charters)
Wildflowers
California wildflowers

The California poppy is the state flower. The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, about 15 miles west of Lancaster, is predicting a good showing this year due to the late rainfall. (Michael Charters)
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California wildflowers

The desert lily is common in Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks. (Michael Charters)
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California wildflowers

Black mustard, not a native plant but a longtime Southern California bloom, is found in fields and canyons. (Michael Charters)
Wildflower Bloom
California wildflowers

A panoramic shot of desert sunflowers blooming near Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark in the Mojave Desert. (David McNew / Getty Images)
Wildflower Bloom
California wildflowers

Blooms of desert sand verbena are found near Amboy Crater Ntaional Natural Landmark, a BLM-managed area of the Mojave Desert. (David McNew / Getty Images)
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California wildflowers

Purple owlclover can be found throughout Southern California’s canyons and fields. (Michael Bright)
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California wildflowers

Popcorn flower is another Southern California wildflower found in the Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountains. (Michael Bright)
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California wildflowers

Humboldt’s lily is found primarily in canyons and rivers in Southern California. (Michael Bright)
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California wildflowers

Ceanothus is a fragrant bush found in the Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountains and other areas of Southern California. There are many types, and blooms can be purplish, blue or bright white. This plant is sometimes referred to as California lilac, though it is not part of the lilac family. (Karen Tapia-Andersen / Los Angeles Times)
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California wildflowers

Giant coreopsis bloom near the coast, such as La Jolla Canyon and Circle X Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
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California wildflowers

Native yucca produces creamy white blossoms and can be found dotting many Southern California hills and canyons. (Michael Bright)
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California wildflowers

The delicate mariposa lily is found in Southern California. (Michael Bright)
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California wildflowers

Many types of lupine--some in the deserts, some in the mountains--are native to Southern California. This is an arroyo lupine. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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California wildflowers

Desert pincushion, also known as Chaenactis fremontii, is a white-flowering species of disk flowers that look like a dense pincushion. Pale yellow reproductive parts emerge from open flowers while unopened flowers resemble tiny cotton balls. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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California wildflowers

Many types of phacelia are found in Southern California. The pictured flower is commonly called blue-eyed scorpion weed. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Wildflowers
California wildflowers

Dune evening primroses bloom in many desert areas, including Anza-Borrego Desert State Park(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Wildflowers
California wildflowers

In years with plenty of rain, wildflowers can turn hillsides yellow, purple and orange. This hillside in the Grapevine area of the 5 Freeway was transformed due to a rainy 2003. (Robbin Goddard / Los Angeles Times)
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California wildflowers

Indian paintbrush adds intense blotches of red to the trails and canyons of Southern California. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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California wildflowers

California poppies created an orange explosion during the 2003 wildflower season, which followed heavy winter rains. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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California wildflowers

Prickly phlox, found in many local mountain areas, particularly the Santa Monica Mountains, flower in soft or vibrant pinks. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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California wildflowers

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry blooms in spring and remains dormant the rest of the year. The blooms dangle from a spiky branches. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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