Yerba-Mansa

Yerba-Mansa

On Thursday morning we discovered that a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden was a popular choice for lots of others in Phoenix. After nabbing a parking spot vacated by someone leaving, we joined throngs of camera toting folks looking for pictures of blooming desert vegetation. Here are some of the plants we saw in bloom: Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus, Engelmann’s Hedgehog, Desert Marigolds, Brittlebush, Creosote, Littleleaf Cordia, Spire Aloe, Alow Hybrid, Yerba-Mansa, and Texas Mountain Laurel. There were different varieties of pricklypear such as Purple and Rooney’s. We liked the shape and color of Queen Victoria Agave. Another visitor pointed up to his wife and clued us into an example of a crested saguaro. “The Earth Has Been Good To Us,” a sculpture using Shona Opal Stone by Mashford Kanyemba confirms our view of this wonderful world we inhabit. The Butterfly Exhibit in a new 3,200 square foot space attracted many visitors including bus loads of school children. The dominant butterfly species was the Zebra Longwing. A white butterfly didn’t appear on the board identifying butterflies on exhibit. We walked the Desert Wildflower Loop Trail, the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail, the Plants and Peoples of the Sonoran Desert Loop Trail, and part of the Desert Discovery Loop Trail. We took special interest in the Akimel O’odham House and appreciated the quiet waters surrounded by tall Huachuca Water Umbel. We considered having lunch at Gertrude’s but decided they were too busy. Spring is a good time to visit the Desert Botanical Garden.

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