What are Sonoran Desert roses? Needless to say traditional roses are not indigenous to the Southwest. Mother Nature has her own way of putting her mark on the territory. She does each spring with the ocotillo, hedgehog, prickly pear. cholla and more. This year our community is bursting with the yellow jackets being worn by all the palo verde trees and the bouquets being offered by the cacti. The flowers will yield to fruit and the desert critters will survive another hot, dry Southwest summer.
The ocotillo blooms to support the migration of the hummingbirds. The flowers are perfect for their tiny beaks.
Caught this hedgehog near the end of the day in Saguaro National Park. It was beginning to close up shop for the night.
The prickly pear comes in a variety of colors. The next time you have a prickly pear margarita, you can thank this one. It’s also future food for our desert tortoise.
How can you not compare these to roses? They are every bit as beautiful and they come with stickers!!
Yup, lots of stickers!
Look at all the pollen hanging inside this flower. The bees are happy and the local honey is delicious.
The cacti bloomed early this year and they seem to be lasting longer than normal too. So we all have time to get out, hit the trails and enjoy Mother Nature’s 2016 Spring Fashion Show.
Do you have a favorite Sonoran Desert plant? Please share your fav in the comments below. Now I need to take an allergy pill. With the beauty comes the sniffles!!