Colorful Desert…”supellex varia ad desertum”

I believe I have already shared some images from my springtime wanderings in the state trust land north of the White Tank Mountains in northwest Surprise, AZ…but I didn’t share many of the floral images…so here they are…covering a range of something like 22 days…three Sunday morning visitations.

Interesting name for the ones below…”Blue Dicks.”  I prefer the alternative name of Desert Hyacinth…just sounds better, somehow…Dichelostemma capitatum.

Chia, below….Salvia columbariae.

Rounded a bend in the trail and found this mass of lupines…Arizona or Coulter’s lupine…something like Lupinus sparsiflorus.


….with their telltale eight leaves….

Lupine and a single Golden Poppy…Eschscholtzia mexicana.

A view to the north and east from the state trust land….

Lupine and Desert Fiddleneck…Amsinckia tessellata….

And the near ubiquitous Brittlebush…Encelia farinosa.

Orange Globe Mallow, Sphaeralcea munroana, with Lupine.

Probably Buckhorn Cholla, Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa…as the spines are much closer than we usually see on the Staghorn Cholla, Cylindropuntia versicolor.

Probably Buckhorn Cholla, not Staghorn

Red Brome…Bromus madritensis.

Lupine…in preparation (parabatur).

Desert Chicory…or New Mexico Plumeseed…Rafinesquia neomexicana.

Desert Bluebell…Phacelia campanularia.

That’s all for now…Quod ut ‘quia iam omnia.


15 responses

  1. Very nice.

    Donec iterum, curae.

    August 9, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    • Thank you, Emilio.

      September 26, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      • You are welcome, Scott.

        September 27, 2020 at 10:18 pm

      • Hmm . . . I couldn’t remember the English version of the Latin phrase I wrote, and the translation back to English isn’t giving me anything I recognize.

        I believe it was supposed to be “until next time, take care of yourself” . . . translators be a pain sometimes, and I should probably stick to English.

        October 3, 2020 at 9:13 pm

  2. A very rewarding array of wildflowers, in a memorable setting. Is the red brome used as an oramental grass? It’s really beautiful.

    August 9, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    • Quite rewarding, Gary…and I’m not sure if the red brome is used as an ornamental grass…seems like it would be, though.

      September 26, 2020 at 2:52 pm

  3. Beautiful. I’d love to see a desert full of flowers!

    August 10, 2020 at 3:23 pm

  4. Your “Lupine and a single Golden Poppy” put a big smile on my face! Did you know I’ve been trying to get that combination going on the bank in front of the house? We already have the Golden Poppies (is that the same as California Poppies?) spreading there. So we managed to collect Lupine seeds growing alongside our road. We’ll wait for the rains to start to sow them. But all the lovely flowers are astonishingly beautiful. I’m a bit surprised to see such a bounty of blooms in AZ. Though I have a faint memory from way-back times of a wetter than usual springtime when the cactus seemed to be putting on a show.

    August 13, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    • Have your poppies and lupine come in together yet, Gunta? They’re quite pretty together, aren’t they?

      I hope you and yours have been safe with all of the firestorms up there….

      September 26, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      • We gathered the seeds earlier in the year, but are waiting for the rainy season to start in earnest to plant them (or scatter them.) They certainly are a pretty combination. I just hope we can get them established.

        We were lucky this round of firestorms. We had one morning with dark red skies, followed by close to week of heavy smoke from a fire to the south, but then the winds shifted and headed back to where they come from. Pity the folks to the East of us.

        Some family members weren’t so lucky who lived on the West side of the Cascades. My stepson had his home burn to the ground with minutes to evacuate. The grandkids Had 15 minutes to evacuate, but luckily the fire was stopped at the edge of the town they live in.

        The West Coast got hit pretty hard this season.

        Hope y’all are well and safe!

        September 26, 2020 at 3:54 pm

  5. What a pleasure, Scott…I’ll also vote for Desert hyacinth, so much more elegant. 😉 I like the blue of that Salvia, the Lupines with Saguaros. and the backlit Fiddlenecks – so pretty! I’m impressed that you know at least one grass – the Brome, a very handsome one. I just am overwhelmed by the thought of identifying grasses. Desert Chicory is the name I would remember for those beautiful white flowers, because they look so much like the blue roadside Chicory that I used to enjoy on NY highways, mixed in with Queen Anne’s Lace. Oh, the Bluebell! Merveilleux! Thanks for the desert treats, Scott.

    August 19, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    • You’re very welcome for the desert treats, Lynn…and I didn’t come by the name of the Brome easily! I had to visit a couple of websites and scroll very slowly to find the images I was looking for! I hope you’re enjoying a magnificent Fall up there in your PNW. 🙂

      September 26, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      • Yes, well your patience was rewarded. It’s a good thing to do when you have the time. Odd names and facts always turn up. 🙂

        October 3, 2020 at 3:23 pm

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