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Wildflowers of the Southwestern Desert

Many desert wildflowers are annuals that bloom in response to adequate rainfall and optimal temperatures. Some years few species bloom, while other years offer a plethora of desert wildflowers. The species included in this collection give a glimpse of some of the more prominent and abundant wildflowers of southwestern deserts.

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Baileya multiradiataDesert marigold
Showy desert marigold
Paper daisy
Desert baileya
Calliandra eriophyllaPink fairyduster
Fairyduster
Mesquitilla
Mock mesquite
Carnegiea giganteaSaguaro
Calochortus kennedyiDesert mariposa lily
Desert mariposa
Red mariposa-lily
Flame mariposa
Calycoseris wrightiiWhite tackstem
Echinocereus reichenbachii ssp. reichenbachiiLace Cactus
Lace hedgehog cactus
Enceliopsis nudicaulisNakedstem sunray
Sunray
Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicanaMexican gold poppy
California poppy
Amopalo del campo
Fallugia paradoxaApache plume
Ponil
Fouquieria splendensOcotillo
Devil's walking stick
Candlewood
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