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