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.
Arizona blue-eyes or Evolvulus arizonicus.
Crossosoma or ragged rock flower.
In the genus Pectis.
Water in the creek!
Rafinesquia or desert chicory.
Blue phacelia (I think).
White woolly daisy or Eriophyllum lanosum.
Poppy field delights the eyes.
A stand of lupine.
Marah, a wild gourd.
Common fiddleneck or Amsinckia.
Poppies sprinkle a wash with color.
Filaree or Erodium cicutarium.
Lovely owlclover or Castilleja exserta.