Just before we left Arizona, we got a couple of modest rainfalls and the flowers started popping out. Of course, I have a dozen bird books but nothing on desert flowers – and we haven’t been near a bookstore since. So I’ll identify the few I know and ask you to comment on the others. Here in New Mexico, it is drier and the plants are just dry and dusty.
This plant, which my friend, Heather Campbell identifies as Narrowleaf four-oclock *mirabilis linnearis*, was where I saw my first Costa’s hummingbird.
This yellow roadside plant was everywhere.
The creosote bush is all over the Southwest and while having no connection with the sticky black substance we use on fenceposts, it does have some interesting properties that cause it to grow apart from its kin. You can read more here.
This lovely plant is Pink Fairyduster – *callandria eriophylla*. (Thanks Heather)
The flowers of the Octillo cactus popped after the rain.
The Beavertail cactus blossoms are more subdued. (Thanks Heather)
Compass Barrel Cactus blossoms later – I think this is last season’s fruit.
Lastly, here’s a Say’s Phoebe on an Octillo with yellowed leaves. (Thanks Heather)
So, if you spot some corrections on plant ids, feel free to chime in.