We have been in Arizona a couple of times to see the wildflowers bloom, but this year they are especially pretty. We have seen many different types of wildflowers. The Brittlebush is the most common flower that we see. They are yellow. Most flowers in the desert are yellow so that bees notice them.
We have seen Miniature Wool Star. They are the smallest flower I have ever seen.
We have also seen Flat-top Buckwheat on the archery range. They are bunches of little flowers.
The Ocotillo flowers are perched on top of the long curved limbs of the Ocotillo plants. They are red and Hummingbirds like them.
We sometimes see Coulter’s Lupine.
The Chuparosa (meaning sucking rose in spanish) are a bright red in color and they are long and look kind of like bells.
We have seen Trixis, but they had not fully bloomed yet.
Desert Hyacinth has long stems and they are purple.
We commonly find Mexican Gold Poppys along the Wind Cave trail.
Palo Verde’s have yellow flowers and it is the state tree of Arizona. They only have a Spanish name.
The White Tidytips is a bright white flower. I have only seen them a few times.
Desert Globemallows are my favorite flowers. They come in all types of colors, pink, purple,white and orange. The most common color is orange, but we have seen the more rare color also.
The Hedgehog cactus is the first cactus to bloom. They are the most colorful cactus flower. They are a deep purple.
The next cactus to bloom is the buckhorn cholla. There flowers varys between yellow and red in color and have spikes around the base.
The Prickly Pear blooms in between the Saguaro and the Buckhorn Cholla.
The last cactus to bloom is the saguaro cactus. There flowers are white and bloom at night. The first things that pollenates them are bats. Their petals are waxy.
I am glad we get to see all of the wonderful wildflowers of Arizona.