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