Those of you that live in Arizona all know one of the most wonderful aromas that we love and give thanks for. (photo- Rain in the Desert 67Armadillo from Pixabay). For me the smell brings back memories of days gone by. It is a smell of freshness and purity and the desert opening up to the welcomed rain.
"There is a scent that fills the air after rain falls. This scent—known as petrichor—may be described differently around the world, because it comes from the oils secreted by certain plants in the area. Arizona’s after-rain smell, however, is one of the most popular and well-known scents around." Read on from Complete Landscaping in Tucson to learn exactly where that fragrance comes from.
Petrichor (The name of the "Fragrance")
"Petrichor is the official term given to any type of after-rain smell. It comes from the Greek words of petra and ichor, which mean “stone” and “fluid that flows in the gods’ veins,” respectively. The term was first used in the 1960s when Australian researchers wrote a scientific article in Nature. These researchers determined that the attractive fragrance comes from plant oils that are found in the soil and rocks. When rainwater—which is scentless—hits the ground, the oil is released and emits a fragrance. If there is lightning in the area, then an ozone scent might also be present."
"One of the most famous and well-loved after-rain smells is found in Arizona’s desert. This smell can be hard to describe, but is often given a sweet and earthy description. Arizona’s after-rain smell can be attributed to the creosote bush.
Creosote in the desert (photo: Nancy Padilla from Pixabay)
The creosote bush can be found in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Deserts. It is a large shrub that grows between three and ten feet tall and produces yellow flowers. Creosote bushes can live for hundreds and even thousands of years, because one bush will split into separate crowns once it reaches a certain age. One of the oldest living organisms is a creosote ring called the “King Clone” found in California. It is estimated that this bush is almost 12,000 years old."
Would you like to live in wide open spaces with nearby creosote in Arizona to experience this wonderful smell for yourself? Give me a call, Jeff Masich as your REALTOR® and I will help you find the right home for the right price.
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