Stunning ‘Super Bloom’ of Wildflowers in Death Valley

A rare 'super bloom' of wildflowers in Death Valley National Park has covered the hottest and driest place in North America with a carpet of gold, attracting tourists from all over the world and enchanting.

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A vast display of wildflowers occurs in Death Valley about once every 10 years. The last time tourists saw so many spring wildflowers was in 2005. The purple flowers are Notchleaf Phacelia.
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Jan Gilbert smells wildflowers near Badwater Basin in Death Valley. The most abundant and eye-catching wildflower is the aptly named desert gold, a large, bright yellow bloom that looks like a daisy.
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Tourists travel from all over the world visit for the natural display near Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park.
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The “super bloom” of wildflowers is rare because the area includes the hottest and driest place in North America.
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Death Valley's average annual rainfall is 2 inches a year — and sometimes, it gets no rain at all, making the carpet of gold all the more rare.
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There are a range of wildflowers that spring up, but the most abundant is the desert gold, a large, bright yellow bloom that looks like a daisy.
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Michael Gilbert walks through a field carpeted with wildflowers in Death Valley. More than 20 species of wildflower bloom in the park at various elevations.
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As the temperature rises, those flowers will fade, and the bloom will move north and to higher elevations.
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Visitors can find purple phacelias, the pimk desert five-spot, the white gravel ghost that appears to be floating above the ground like a ghost and various types of desert primrose.
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The best flower show is at the south end of Death Valley National Park along Badwater Road, south of Furnace Creek.
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Wildflowers bloom around a shrub in a field near Badwater Basin in Death Valley, California.
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A tourist walks through a field carpeted with wildflowers in Death Valley.
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