The state flower of California is the California Poppy. In the spring between the months of March and May the California Poppy can be seen throughout the state scattered along the roads and fields of California and especially in large explosions of color in the rolling hills of the Antelope Valley. The poppy fields can be seen inside the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, a State National Reserve, or in the fields along Lancaster Road off Highway 14. The growth each year will depend on how much rainfall the area has received. It is best to visit the poppy fields during mid-morning as this is when the flower opens up for their brilliant show. Afternoon winds cause the poppies to close up again, although their beauty can still be seen. If you are planning a visit to California in the spring, make sure to include a trip to see this amazing site of nature in it’s full bloom.