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Wildflowers are reaching their peak blooming season, attracting Central Coast residents and tourists

Posted at 7:03 PM, Apr 19, 2020

Along the Central Coast wildflowers are blooming, causing concern from some community members about social distancing at local wildflower plains.

Wildflowers can be seen at the Carrizo Plain National Monument near Santa Margarita, at the Cuesta Ridge botanical area in the Los Padres National Forest and along Highway 58.

This is the time of the year that the wildflowers are reaching their peak, attracting many Central Coast residents and tourists.

Some visitors say checking out the flowers after being sheltered at home is a way for them to relax.

"We've been kind of cooped up inside, practicing social distancing, and staying at home. I figured we would kind of venture out today and soak up some sunshine and just check out our area and be a little tourist-y," said Atascadero resident, Candi Anderson.

Even though the wildflower fields are usually popular during this time, local health officials say it's still important to remember social distancing.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says wildflowers typically bloom from late February to mid-May.