Wildflowers Super Bloom:
Wet winters turn into colorful springs as the hills erupt in blocks of color. With the winter we just experienced, this spring is surely to be a Super Bloom. Wildflowers along the Central Coast are the most visible in April and May. You will see them along the roads and if you want to find out more about each variety, be sure to visit the Cambria Wildflower Show. There are samples of all of the native species so you can identify them when you see them in the wild.
Where to look:
Moonstone Beach and all of the coastal areas are blooming right now. You can spot the wildflowers all through the village of Cambria, adding to the charm of this picturesque town. In addition, the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is a fantastic place to find a large selection of these colorful flowers. The first flowers to show up include mustard, wild radish, California poppies, and lupine, showing colors of white, yellow, orange and purple. The brightly colored flowers stand out against the rolling green hills so be sure to have your camera handy!
This year’s show will be held on Saturday, April 29, from noon until 5:00 pm and Sunday, April 30, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Cambria Veterans Memorial Building. The purpose of the show is to enhance the enjoyment of wildflowers by educating through viewing. Permitted and trained teams of collectors will be picking flowers for educational purposes, from habitats with large populations, so that people can learn to enjoy them in their natural habitats without picking the flowers themselves. Come and see a display of fresh wildflowers collected from the Monterey County line to the Morro Bay Estuary and from the coastal bluffs to the ridge of the Santa Lucia Mountains. An entry donation of $3 is requested; students are free. For more information, please call 927-2856 or visit the Friends of Fiscalini Ranch website.
• Hundreds of bouquets of fresh flowers labeled with botanical names and families, along with common names.
• Edible, medicinal, rare and endangered, invasive and poisonous plants will be identified.
• Plants are displayed in antique and interesting bottles and vases.
• Botanists will be on hand to answer your plant questions.
• Great treats at the Wildflower Café.
• Helpful books, plant lists, wildflower seeds, and Fiscalini Ranch Preserve apparel.
Wildflowers Day Trip:
If you would like a more immersive experience, visit Montana de Oro State Park, just about 30 miles south of Cambria. The hills are covered in poppies, lupines, sticky monkey flowers, wild radish, and mustard. The park is open Thursday through Sunday from 11am to 3pm. The park features rugged cliffs, coastal plains, streams, canyons, hills, and secluded sandy beaches. Spooner’s Cove is right across from the campground and is a popular beach with locals. The park’s name, Montana de Oro, means “Mountains of Gold” and was named for the golden wildflowers that bloom in the spring. The park wildlife includes black-tailed deer and the black oystercatcher. You can spend the day hiking the trails or exploring Valencia Peak. Naturalists will love the solitude and freedom found on the park’s trails. There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails. For more information call (805) 528-0513 Visit the Montaña de Oro State Park website.