What is the CA Super Bloom?

In the beginning of 2023, California experienced heavier rainfall than usual. This can mean one thing: Super Bloom! It’s an exciting time for Californians to experience. Learn more about this natural phenomenon.  



The Super Bloom is a rare phenomenon in which a high proportion of CA native flowers sprout after heavy rains. This doesn’t happen each time it rains, there are specific conditions that need to occur as well. Besides heavy rainfall, there must be a dry period, high seed count, and no harsh elements. 



The last Super Bloom happened back in 2019. Alongside some parts of CA highways and grassy areas, there are native flowers blooming. Some native flowers include the California poppy, lupine, evening primrose, desert lilies, and goldfield flowers. Native flowers bloom from mid-February to mid-May and the bloom intensity depends on each region. These Californian regions are known to have Super Blooms:  

  • Central Coast 
  • Mojave Desert 
  • Sierra Foothills 
  • High Sierras 
  • Santa Monica Mountains 
  • Joshua Tree National Park 
  • Napa County 
  • Lake Tahoe 
  • LA County
  • Bay Area

If you plan to visit national parks, abide by the national park’s regulations and stay on designated paths. Trampling the Super Bloom flowers can ruin the view and experience for others. Picking flowers is prohibited, make sure to take pictures instead!  



Take this time to enjoy the Super Bloom and all the beauty nature provides. 

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