An Unusual ‘Superbloom’ is Happening in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Here’s Why

The deserts of San Diego County are alit with wildflowers.

Record rains have fallen over most of San Diego County, and as of recently, the same is true of the desert.

It’s been an unusual bloom in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Why? Uncommon summer monsoons in September of last year triggered the first fall blooms, pulling blankets of violet sand verbena up over the desert dunes, according to Jim Dice, Reserve Manager at the University of California, Irvine’s Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center in Borrego Springs.