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Anza-Borrego Desert Super Bloom

One of the few deserts in the world that comes to life in spring

Anza-Borrego Desert Super Bloom in California - Best Time
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This unusual phenomenon proves that even dry and harsh places like deserts are actually alive! It is called the 'super bloom' and it happens in deserts around the world every couple of years after a considerable amount of precipitation in autumn or winter.

One of the deserts that experiences the super bloom is California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Anza-Borrego Desert Super Bloom in California - Best Season

During dry months, the seeds of plants like the desert sunflower, brown-eyed primrose, pincushion, sand verbena, and desert lily remain in the ground waiting to flourish when they get a little water. When they do, the desert turns into a huge field full of life, covered with colourful blooming flowers.

Best time for Anza-Borrego Desert Super Bloom in California

The peak blooming in Anza-Borrego usually falls on the middle of March. That is when the wildflowers become especially lush and beautiful. But they usually last only for a few weeks so hurry up if you want to catch this rare natural wonder.

Note that the blooming desert is quite a popular sight so you might not be all alone there during your visit.

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