Expert Explains Why California Won't Get Another 'Superbloom' This Year

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California's wildflower "superbloom," a phenomenon that painted the state's hillsides in vibrant colors last year, won't be making a return this spring. Despite hopes that another wet and snowy winter would lead to a repeat performance, experts say healthier natural conditions have prevented a second "superbloom."

Naomi Fraga, Director of Conservation Programs at California Botanic Garden, explained that last year's "superbloom" was the result of a significant drought, per KTLA. This drought killed off many weed species that usually compete with wildflowers for resources, allowing the wildflowers to flourish. This year, however, the weeds are back, crowding out the wildflowers and dampening the bloom.

The term "superbloom" isn't a scientific one with a clear definition. Instead, it's based on observations and comparisons to previous years. Despite the lack of a "superbloom" this year, Fraga assures that there are still many places to enjoy blooming wildflowers in California. Mustards are thriving, and Death Valley is producing some beautiful blooms after receiving more rainfall this winter than last. The eastern Sierra Nevada is also experiencing hillsides covered in vivid yellow flowers called Bigelow’s Tickseed.

"Just because we don’t have a technical ‘superbloom,’" Fraga said, "it’s still a wonderful opportunity to get in touch with nature because California has a lot of wildflowers blooming now through the spring and summer."

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