2023 could be the year of superbloom

 Friday, January 27, 2023 


Wildflowers of the Coachella Valley author James W. Cornett writes how recent local storms, “… brought over 2.8 inches of rain to the desert slopes of the mountains bordering the western edges of the Coachella Valley.” This translates into a dreamy, vibrant floral explosion for nature lovers, owing to the abundance of rain this season in California.

Wildflower displays in the Palm Springs Area, specifically near the Indian Canyons Tribal Park and Lykken Trail, are anticipated this season a little around mid-February.

A “superbloom” has typically come to be used to describe uncommon, exceptional wildflower blooming. An ideal condition for it to occur is when seeds that have been dormant in the soil suddenly start to germinate and blossom. Specifically, “a good rain year” (but not just one downpour), “low nighttime temperatures, and a well-stocked seed bank” are necessary for superblooms to emerge, as per Nat Geo. Historically, those circumstances have caused superblooms to occur around every ten years, although climate change has significantly weakened the predictability of that cycle.

When and where to view these superblooms?
The United States of America is known to host some of the most spellbinding wildflower superblooms. Springtime under the mellow California sunshine fills the air with intoxicating fragrances, and baby flower beds germinate into breathtaking floral expanses as far as the eyes can go, blanketing the coastal valleys, mountainsides and even harsh desert vegetation of some of the national parks. The wildflower super bloom season in the desert southwest region often begins around mid-February and can run all the way until June or even mid-July, depending on elevation and the weather. But early April is typically when the super bloom is at its height. Usually between March and April.

But this gorgeous natural panorama has been under threat for quite some time now, all thanks to climate change and conjoined ecological evils. Unaware tourists who may trample these fragile flower beds to mushrooming developments, invasive species, climate change, etc., have caused the glorious superblooms which grace parts of California, Arizona, and Nevada; prone to depletion as it gets rarer and rarer.

How to experience the superblooms responsibly?
These delicate floral explosions undoubtedly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and must be on any nature lover’s wishlist. So here are some of the best ways to be a responsible flower tourist :

Consider starting out at less crowded blooms. When the flowers are in bloom, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park can receive over 200,000 visitors, while Joshua Tree National Park’s 2017 bloom attracted over 1.5 million people.

Be cautious when you’re there, advise experts. A footprint can remain ten years in desert and arid areas, which take a long time to recover. Keep on the trail and avoid stepping on or through the flowers.

Learn before you arrive; visit a ranger station, call the “wildflower hotline,” and become familiar with the enormous variety of possible blossoms.

Another fun way to experience superblooms first hand, of course, could also be to create your own super blooms! Plant your own wildflower haven while also beautifying the environment.

Here’s your chance to spot these wildflowers in bloom !

California Poppies
Desert Lily
Fleabane Daisy
Dune Evening Primrose
Desert Dandelions
Matilija Poppies
Bush Sunflower
Joshua Tree
Wild Morning Glory
Mariposa Lily
Monkey Flower
Indian Paintbrush
Wild Sage
Western Goldenrod

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