Southern Californians are in for a display of dazzling beauty, with an expected “super bloom” of wildflowers in the Anza-Borrego Desert within the next couple of weeks.
Wildflowers in the desert, about two hours east of San Diego, typically bloom annually. But this year’s bloom is expected to be grander than most because the desert has gotten more rain than usual since December, according to KPBS.
The extra precipitation has led to numerous wildflowers popping up. One of the most eye-popping of those is the sand verbena, which blankets the area with purple.
Those flowers are just beginning to bloom now, as the San Diego Union Tribune documented on Friday.
Botanist Jim Dice, who is also the husband of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park superintendent, told the Tribune that the “prime” annual bloom is about a week or two away. If photos from previous years’ blooms are any indication, it should be an amazing sight.