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Updated Jan 6th, 2017
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Castro Crest
Date of Review

Quick Links:
How To Submit a Flower Report - Anyone can participate!
Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains - Photos of 1000 SMM plants.
Archive - Previous “What's Blooming” reports.
Outdoors - The Calendar of Events for the Santa Monica Mountains NRA.
SMM WildFlowers - The Park's popular wildflower app for the iPhone/iPad.

This time of year be on the watch for perennials, especially woody shrubs, vines and trees. They can respond quickly to the first rains of the year.

This site performs a public service that anyone can participate in. Let us all know what you are seeing.
In general, if you are submitting a report I will get it faster if you use the gmail account 'SMMWildFlowers' rather than my account.
If you are new to submitting a report be sure and read How To Submit a Flower Report
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Castro Crest
Backbone Trail between Corral Canyon and Latigo Canyon
         The rain that has fallen has started to perk things up and it is clear that there will be flowers this year. This trail crosses creeks with water six or seven times. The flowers have not really started but they are close. The wild cucumber is pushing up and we saw a few blooming stalks. There are some milk maids blooming near the creek. We saw one blooming California everlasting and some big berry manzanita that was just about to open.   — Dorothy Steinicke

Contact Information:

Santa Monica Mountains NRA
401 West Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

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What's Blooming
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"Plan Your Visit" >> "Things to Do" >> "Look for Wildflowers"

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