What Is Blooming Now?

When it is possible, it is good to check-in at a visitor center to get the best information on parking and appropriate access to whatever plants are in bloom. If you can't get to a visitor center, then follow us on social media - we often post photos of the flowers in bloom.

Please use Leave No Trace ethics while viewing flowers. They grow by the inch and die by the foot. Leave No Trace ethics and practices are to protect nature - and to help the next visitor experience the same beauty that you came to see.
Purple lupines bloom on a grassy hill. Fir trees are on a nearby ridge-line, and redwoods are on a distant hill.

NPS: J McClelland

June 2020: The spring bloom of lupine has peaked in the Bald Hills. The area that flourished this spring was a grassland area called the "Lower Airstrip" that was treated with prescribed fire two years ago. Since time immemorial, prescribed fire has been used in the Bald Hills to maintain these open prairies. This year's lupine bloom shows the success of these treatments.
A blooming Rhododendrom

NPS photo.


June 8th 2020: The bloom began last month in patches across the redwood parks. There currently are a lot of good blooms in the Mill Creek area.

Hairy Star Tulip (Calochortus tolmiei)
  • Bloom period: April - June
  • Habitat: Common in open, sunny locations including roadside embankments and lightly wooded hillsides.
  • Description: This member of the Lily family (Liliaceae) has branched stems, 4 to 8 in. long. Growing from long, linear leaves, these whitish flowers have petals tinged with lavender in the center and are covered with soft, bristly hairs.

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    Last updated: June 9, 2020

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