Desert Rose

Desert rose is the name given to rose-like formations of crystal clusters of gypsum or baryte which include abundant sand grains.


Formed as the name suggests, in arid sandy conditions The crystals form a circular array of flat plates, giving the rock a shape similar to a rose blossom. 


Gypsum roses usually have better defined, sharper edges than baryte roses. Celestine and other bladed evaporite minerals may also form rosette clusters.


The size of the rose-like bloom can range from as small as a pea or to 4 inches (10cm) in diameter. Cluster of Desert Rose’s have been found up to 39 inches (99cm) tall and weighing more than 1,000 pounds (454 kg).


The desert rose may also be known by the names: sand rose, rose rock, selenite rose, gypsum rose and baryte (barite) rose.