Poppy Update: Super Bloom Remains Unlikely
City Begins Preparations for Possible Wildflower Bloom
Feb. 24, 2020: On Tuesday, Feb. 11th the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA) reported that while there were sparse patches of poppies in the Walker Canyon area, it was likely the bloom was already peaking. RCA stated that most plants are either drying out or have only a few small flowers.
Photos as of Feb. 24:
Feb. 4, 2020: We are starting to see some poppies blooming in this area. According to Riverside County, poppies are germinating in the Walker Canyon area. However, without substantially more rain in the next couple of months, botanists do not currently believe it will be a super bloom similar to what was experienced last year. The City and County continue to monitor the area regularly.
Jan. 28, 2020: There are no visible wildflowers along Walker Canyon Trail. Walker Canyon Trial is a public trail and the trail remains open.
Latest News on Super Blooms in Southern California:
"Will there be a dazzling 'super bloom' of flowers in California this year?", USA TODAY, February 3, 2020
"Will Southern California see a wildflower superbloom in 2020.", Los Angeles Times, January 24, 2020
"Some SoCal Locales Say Conditions Are Lining up for Another Wildflower Superbloom,", KTLA, January 24, 2020
"Dry Winter May Mean No Repeat of Super Bloom Chaos," Associated Press/KTLA, February 14, 2020
"Lake Elsinore poppy superbloom may not happen in 2020,"The Press-Enterprise, February 14, 2020
The 2019 Super Bloom
Last year, the hillsides east of Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore exploded with color in late February as a Super Bloom covered more than 1,600 acres of hillsides in and near the City. The "Super Bloom" attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors and lasted through early April 2019.
However, this was a unique occurrence in the City. While the area has had beautiful wildflower blooms in the past, they have not been as expansive. In late 2018 and early 2019, the City of Lake Elsinore had as much as 20 inches of rain. This coupled with cooler temperatures and elevated wind led to the significant 2019 Super Bloom.
The City is in the midst of preparing for the potential of another bloom in the Walker Canyon area this year. But, the potential and the size of a bloom is unpredictable. At this time, unknown whether this area will have a wildflower bloom this year. The City is working with our partners to closely monitor for a bloom and will update our website as, and if, anything changes.
Stay tuned for more information.