Published May 26, 2017 at 7:29 AM | Updated at 7:34 AM PDT on May 26, 2017
Patches of small purple flowers dot a field of dried grasses off Glendora's Colby Trail in what a local expert is calling a super bloom for the endangered flower.
Brodiaea filifolia only has "seven sizeable populations" in the world, Ann Croissant, president of the Board of Directors for the Glendora Community Conservancy, told NBC4 Media Partner KPCC. Glendora's population of Brodiaea is the only location in Los Angeles County. It's also Glendora's city flower.
"Usual flowering numbers from year to year are not enough for a super bloom," Croissant said. "It takes extraordinary weather, temperature, water, nutrition, conditions that we might call 'the perfect storm' for a super bloom."
Croissant says the temperatures, rain, and conditions after the Colby Fire were "just right," and likely made the "dramatic difference in the huge abundance of plants and bloom" of the flower in April and May at the location.
The Brodiaea are flourishing in three spots in Glendora, including the field on Colby Trail, where over 8,000 plants were seen, she said. The Colby Trail location was disclosed so the public can see the flower.
Over the past week, the flower buds have almost all bloomed, Croissant said Thursday. She thinks the bloom will end by the middle of next week. If you can't make it in person, here are a few photos of the Brodiaea in the Glendora Foothills.