A Fairy Duster is a shrub native to arid grasslands and deserts in the southwest U.S. and Mexico. The flowers appear in late winter and early spring. Fairy Dusters are very unique with their pink stamens.
Plants adapted to living in dry environments are called a xerophyte. Xerophyte’s include succulents, pineapple, poinsettia, peyote, Barbary Fig, and many others. Succulents are plants that store water in their leaves. They include cactus, aloe, jade plant, agave, yucca, and more. Both agave and yucca are rosette forming plants. Agave generally have sharp spines on… Read More YUCCA
Here is a partial glimpse of the Colorado River from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River is 1450 miles long and flows through five U.S. states and two Mexican states. The river generally flows southwest across the Colorado Plateau to the Arizona/Nevada border where it turns south towards Mexico. It begins… Read More THE COLORADO AT GC
A Beavertail Prickly Pear cactus can be found in the southwest part of the U.S. into northern Mexico. They grow in desert scrub, oak/pine, and pinyon/juniper areas below 6000 feet in elevation. They are low growing, usually spineless. The pink to rose colored flowers bloom in late winter and early spring. Here is one I… Read More BEAVERTAIL CACTUS