Dateline 14 March 2017
Mid-March is typically the best for wildflowers around the Tucson Basin and this year was no exception. Here is a selection of the most obvious blooms – there were also Blue Dicks, Cryptantha, Desert Evening Primrose, and a few others that escaped the gaze of the camera. Some of them we fondly call “bellyflowers,” meaning they carpet the ground and you have to be on your belly to see them eye to eye.
Common fiddleneck or Amsinckia.
Crossosoma or ragged rock flower.
Water in the creek!
A stand of lupine.
Poppies sprinkle a wash with color.
Marah, a wild gourd.
White woolly daisy or Eriophyllum lanosum.
Poppy field delights the eyes.
Arizona blue-eyes or Evolvulus arizonicus.
Rafinesquia or desert chicory.
In the genus Pectis.
Filaree or Erodium cicutarium.
Blue phacelia (I think).
Lovely owlclover or Castilleja exserta.