|Fendler's Bladderpod Lesquerelia fendleri|
Wedge-leaf Whitlowgrass or White Draba Draba cuneifolia
|There are four green sepals and four white petals per flower.|
|The hairy basal rosette of slightly toothed eaves with a single stem with umbrel of white flowers of White Draba|
Locoweed or Astragalus are pretty with their magenta flowers but they are poisonous to livestock. Per Gene Jercinovic in his Wildflowers of the Manzanos, page 220:
"Several species of Astragalus in New Mexicocontain chemicals toxic to animals, the alkaloidswainsonine, nitro-compounds, or selenium.Woolly locoweed contains swainsonine whichhas toxic effects on neurological, cardiovascularand reproductive systems. There is no effectivetreatment for locoweed poisoning."
|Wooly Locoweed Astragalus mollissimus var. mollissimus|
|The flowers of the Wooly Locoweed|
"The showy yellow flowers of cutflower puccoon actually produce
few seeds. Later in the season, very small flowers form lower on the plant which never really open and are self-fertilizing. These obscure flowers actually produce most seed. Puccoon blooms from April to June between 4000 and 8000 ft." (Jercinovic, Wildflowers of the Manzanos, page 138)
|Cutflower Puccoon Lithospermum incisum|
Filaree, a chiefly European plant, was apparently introduced into California during Spanish colonial times. Its seeds germinate in the fall, giving it an advantage over most annuals, so it has spread throughout the entire Southwest. Its small flowers, finely dissected leaves, and long, thin, “stork-bill” seed pods make it easy to identify. It blooms from March into October between 3000 and 7500 ft.
Here is a member of the Parsley Family: Wafer Parsnip Cymopterus constancei.
|Wafer Parsnip Cymopterus constancei|
|The seeds of the Wafer Parsnip (May, 2012)|
The bright yellow flowers of my forsythia bush look very much like spring outside my window.
Even inside, the flowers are recognizing that there is more sunlight lasting longer. The Christmas Cactus is blooming one more time and with great vigor.
Hope you're getting spring wildflowers in your neck of the woods!