One of the best things about early spring is the anticipation of wildflowers in bloom. These species are among the first to emerge early in the year in southwest New Mexico: Golden Smoke (Corydalis aurea); two small wild mustards, Draba cuneifolia and Draba mogollonica; the lovely Desert Anemone (Anemone tuberosa); and Stemless Townsend Daisy (Townsendia exscapa). A short time later, if we receive any rain, we’ll see the gorgeous Mariposa Lily (Calochortus ambiguus) and Arizona Onion (Allium macropetalum). In a good year, entire hillsides turn yellow and orange with the yellow mustard Gordon’s Bladderpod (Physaria gordonii) and the sunny Mexican Poppy (Eschscholzia californica subsp. mexicana).
This presentation features some of the lovely wildflowers of spring in the Gila region, a few early-flowering trees and shrubs, and an invitation to get outside to renew your spirit with beauty.
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