This year our fields are full of blooming yucca. After each bloom dies a hard shell follows, loaded with fingernail sized black seeds that I will be able to harvest. The southwestern Native American tribes used the yucca root to wash their wool after shearing.
Wild moon flowers only open at night and are gone by noon the next day.
There is a profusion of yellow in the fields now.
The thistle has not bloomed yet, but when it does it's a feast for the finches.
The wild lamb's ear is much more like a donkey's ear and sends a stalk three feet high. They say that in the Middle Ages the stalk was dipped in beeswax and made into torches.
We are going to have a great harvest of sage this year. It will be bundled and sold at the end of the season.
The hummingbirds like any flower that is purple.
... and the Indian Paintbrush stands out for all to see.
Each flower and plant has a purpose. Wild flowers and native plants need our help in preserving them for generations to come.
The Wildflower Center
Wildflower Preservation Committee