Los Angeles Times

Set for epic blooms

- — Mary Forgione

If you love California wildflower­s, it’s not too early to go to Death Valley. Desert golds and sand verbena started popping up in early January at lower elevations on the south side of the national park. Some say this year’s El Niño rains could mean an epic season after paltry blooms in recent years. “Southern Death Valley National Park is blowing up! Desert gold (Geraea canescens) is going absolutely wild near Ashford Mill,” wrote the Amargosa Conservanc­y on the Desert USA online wildflower report. “Flowers at low elevations … should be good through late March or early April,” park spokeswoma­n Abigail Wines wrote in an email.

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