Winter showers will bring lots of spring flowers, according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

The record rainfall in the state will likely bring “spectacular wildflower blooms” this spring, the department said in a statement. That, in turn, will attract thousands of people.

The poppies will be popping and the lupines will be leaping — along with dozens of other wildflower varieties this spring throughout California’s state and regional parks. (Damian Gadal/Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Super blooms happen when a season of heavy rain follows years of drought that killed grasses and weeds that take up nutrients. The state says public land managers are expecting “good” to “better-than-average” wildflower blooms in the spring, depending on the continued weather conditions.

Depending on the park, visitors may see colorful California poppies, sand verbena, desert sunflowers, evening primrose, popcorn flowers or desert lilies.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation wants visitors to enjoy wildflowers, but tread softly. (California State Parks)

“If the state is lucky to be adorned with wildflower blooms this spring, we want to make sure that everyone has a positive experience when exploring them,” said California State Parks director Armando Quintero. “California State Parks welcomes all to enjoy these unpredictable, rare occurrences but asks visitors to ‘Don’t Doom the Bloom’ by staying on designated trails and taking only photos, not flowers.”

Detailed information on this year’s potential wildflower blooms and park rules, in Spanish and English, is available online.