Arid, barren, monochromatic, dreary – these are the very first words that cross our mind when we think of deserts. How about blossoming, though?
Oh, but the only thing that blossoms in a desert is a cactus.
Are you sure?
Let us introduce you to a rare desert phenomenon which seems impossible at first but, after a few seconds, is extraordinary!
What is it, and how does it happen?
Blooming desert or desert bloom occurs during early to mid spring in deserts that are lucky enough to receive more-than-usual rainfall. Seeds and pollens that were once swept with the wind or brought here by birds, lying dormant or latent in the desert for days and weeks to as long as years, start germinating when they taste rainfall. In the matter of weeks, this unusually high amount of rain causes the desert to bloom.
Which flowers blossom in deserts?
There isn’t a fixed variety that grows everywhere; it differs from desert to desert. The more barren the place is, the more stunning and rare the blossoming flowers will be. And no two varieties bloom in the same duration – each type takes its own sweet time – first absorbing the moisture, germinating, growing roots and then stemming.
How often do deserts bloom?
Not very often is all we can say when it comes to the frequency. Because deserts or incredibly arid areas don’t normally get high rainfall, they bloom once in a decade or two, making this astonishing phenomenon truly rare.
Where should you go to witness this miracle?
Deserts, obviously. But there are certain deserts that are known to bloom more often than others. If you want to witness blossoming deserts for real, here are the places you’d want to consider.
• The Atacama Desert Of Chile
• South and North of Lima, Peru
• California, USA
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