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Western Tansy Mustard

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  Western tansy mustard (Descurainia pinnata) is a native annual found throughout most of North America up to about 7,000 feet elevation. It is particularly common in the Pacific States. Western tansy mustard occupies various habitats, particularly dry, desert areas … Continue reading

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Check the Leaves

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When I was a young child there were three types of violets: purple, yellow and white. It was unimportant at that point in my life to identify the flowers in all those violet bouquets I brought home. I knew they … Continue reading

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Mountain Violet

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Mountain violets (Viola purpurea) are native perennials found in the western United States and British Columbia. The gravelly soil of exposed mountain slopes, grasslands and meadows up to 8,000′ elevation are their preferred habitat. With over eight subspecies, mountain violets … Continue reading

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Spring Gold

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A long, wet winter has advantages. After several years of drought, Leonard and I are seeing and enjoying an unusual abundance of wildflowers. Although one must look in and around the sagebrush on the slopes near the Pronghorn Parking Lot … Continue reading

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Collecting Mud

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Cliff swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) historically built their nests on cliff faces or escarpments throughout large portions of North America. Now these social birds also use overpasses, buildings, bridges or other man-made structures for their nests, anywhere there is a juncture … Continue reading

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Red Barberry

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Another shrub of the Southwestern United States (CA, CO, NV, TX, AZ, NM)  and Northern Mexico (Sonora) is red barberry (Berberis haematocarpa).  A native perennial, red barberry can be found associated with rocky slopes, grasslands, chaparral, canyons and pinyon-juniper woodlands … Continue reading

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Blue Palo Verde

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In spring, blue palo verde (Cercidium floridum) is a spectacular tree when in blossom. Walking along an arroyo near Casa Paloma 2 in Green Valley AZ, where these pictures were taken, I felt the palo verde trees put on a … Continue reading

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