Flowering desert: How does this nature phenomenon happen?

Flower Atacama Desert

There are only a few places in the world where the natural phenomenon of the flowering desert occurs: Australia, United States, Peru and Chile are some of them. However, it’s in Chile where this nature show draws the most attention; this is due to its purple, yellow and white flower beds that cover the surface of the driest place on earth: the Atacama desert.

During the Chilean flowering desert, which mainly occurs in the coastal area of the Atacama region, an average of 200 different species bloom, many of those are considered endemic, such as the “garra de león” (Bomarea ovallei) or the delicate red Añañuca (Myostemma phycelloides). But this spectacle is not something you see everyday. In order for this massive blooming to happen, certain conditions are necessary, such as the right temperature and humidity that allow the seeds to sprout.

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