The California Desert Is Experiencing A Rare “Super Bloom” Of Wildflowers After Heavy Rain

A massive bloom of wildflowers in the normally barren desert is unlike anything seen in the region in nearly 20 years.

A rare “super bloom” of wildflowers is happening right now in the Southern California desert and its said to be unlike anything seen in the area in nearly 20 years.

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The flowers at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and surrounding deserts have bloomed after an onslaught of rain in recent months, following years of extreme drought in the region.

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“Probably close to 6 inches of rain came in the last three months,” Jim Dice, who is the Reserve Manager at the Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center, told BuzzFeed News.

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The last super bloom that was “bigger and better than this, but not by much,” occurred back in 1998, according to Dice.

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This super bloom is just starting, and flowers will continue to bloom in abundance at least through the month.

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Right now, it’s most common to see sand verbenas, dune evening primroses, brown eyed primroses, and desert sunflowers in bloom.

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In bloom are also golden poppies, bigelow’s monkeyflowers, phacelias, desert dandelions, and many other flowers.

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“If it stays very hot like this, it might only go 10 or 12 more days,” Dice said about the bloom. But depending on conditions it could last several more weeks.

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“The next thing will be the shrubs and cacti, which are also very colorful,” Kathy Dice, who is the California State Park Superintendent, said to BuzzFeed News.

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“They should look out for all of them, because people get stuck with their spines,” Jim Dice joked about the cacti.

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Attendance at the park has reached record levels since the super bloom started earlier this month.

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“If people are going to try to view the flowers, we recommend people try to come during the weekdays,” Dice added. “Because the weekends are absolutely jammed.”

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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