Wildflower season gets early start in eastern San Luis Obispo County

Mar 6, 2015

This 2008 photo in the Carrizo Plains National Monument shows a pre-drought wildflower bloom.
Credit Bob Wick, BLM California

The wildflower season in eastern San Luis Obispo County is off to a very early start. Fields of yellow and blue are a few weeks into their bloom right now according to the Carrizo Plain National Monument's visitor center.

Jackie Czapla runs the center and says the blooms should just be getting started, but instead are well underway.

Czapla says the monument has had less than five inches of rain this year, so it's not going to be a big showy spring display, but it's still beautiful.

"Everything we have is at the north end [of the Monument] and California Valley," said Czapla. "Certainly Highway 58 and Shell Creek are very pretty."

Czapla also says there is an impressive field of hillside daisies in bloom just south of the visitors center.

In addition to the suggestions found east of Santa Margarita, Highway 41 east of Shandon also currently has some colorful displays or yellow and orange.