Wet spring to boost wildflowers at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) and#8212; An explosion of color will soon burst onto the Lake Tahoe landscape.

Botanists hope several weeks of unusually cool, wet spring weather will make for a banner wildflower season in the Sierra Nevada.

“Things around the basin are just getting started. Now that it’s going to warm up, it’s going to happen fast,” Karen Wiese, author of “Sierra Nevada Wildflowers,” told the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

While some flowers won’t start to bloom until October, the best time for wildflower viewing in the region is typically between now and the end of July, she said.

Lupine and camas lilies now are cropping up in Hope Valley, about 20 miles south of Lake Tahoe. Nearby Carson Pass will soon be another splendid place to stop and smell the flowers, Wiese added.

For those who prefer not to leave the car, Blue Lakes Road off Highway 88 near Hope Valley provides easy access to bountiful displays.

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