This unpredictably rainy Winter we are having here in Southern California looks likely to be setting up conditions for a rare wildflower "super bloom" this Spring. Super blooms are seasons in which unusually high numbers of wildflowers blossom in California’s deserts and can only occur if very specific conditions are met. Because of the severity of the record-breaking fires this Fall, and especially if we keep getting rain, the Los Angeles metro area itself--and not just the desert areas--might also be treated to an extraordinary display of wildflowers in the coming months. So, while we housesellers know how deeply the fires and rains have affected our friends and neighbors, it's always important to put even just a little focus on the silver linings.

According to sources such as Newsweek, the LA Times, Travel Magazine--even the Weather Channel--we could be on the cusp of witnessing a rare flourish of wildflowers to rival the super bloom of 2017 (before that, there had not been a super bloom since 2008) which could be seen from space! The blanketing of flowers will be most extraordinary in the chaparral and coastal sage scrub habitats torched by the Woolsey Fire in November, when a 97,000-acre inferno blew through 88% of National Park Service lands in the Santa Monica Mountains. The reason is that for some species of dormant flowers that bank away seeds in the soil, fire is a cue to sprout. It signals that the canopy above the soil is about to be decimated, meaning the seedlings will have less competition for sunshine.

The weather can't be too hot or it will dry the flowers out quickly, but if rain continues to fall in the region over the next couple of months, odds are favorable that a rainbow of blooms will carpet Southern California’s hillsides, mountains and deserts. Besides the Santa Monica Mountains, some really hot spots to see the most dazzling displays of wildflowers and rare growth include Fern Canyon and a bunch of the other areas and trails in Griffith Park, Paramount Ranch (which has re-opened after being destroyed by the fires) and Malibu Creek State Park