Saturday 9 March 2019

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California Desert Bursts Into Dazzling Super Bloom And It’s Set To Get Even Better

The dusty hillsides of Southern California’s Anza-Borrego desert are suddenly awash with color. In the wake of a super-wet winter followed by warm weather, huge swathes of Southern California are experiencing a “super bloom” of yellow and purple wildflowers.
The bloom actually started in December with the blossom of the white desert lilies, but things really got going in the past few weeks with the burst of pink Bigelow’s Monkey Flower, Parish poppies, purple Sand Verbena, Ghost Flowers, and yellow Evening Primrose.
Wildflower seeds often have thick or waxy coatings that allow them to lie in the desert soil for years and suddenly burst to life when they experience the right combination of water and temperature.
In super blooms you can get flowers, which in some cases, are thought to be extinct," Richard Minnich, a professor of earth sciences at University of California, told KQED.

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