We managed some marvelous sunny days in Sedona but it was a little bit early for the full wildflower show. In several days of walking about the hills and canyons near Sedona we did uncover a few choice specimens that are worth sharing. In particular the trail to Bell Rock late one evening yielded a Fringed Gromwell (Lithospermum incisum) — at least that’s my ID. There are other Stoneseeds in Arizona, but this one is noted for the fringes on the petals. It’s a particularly pretty little flower whose detail I didn’t fully appreciate until I magnified the picture on the computer.
Further along on our sunset walk we found a small purple flower that looks to me to be some kind of Rock Cress, but the colors are different than most that I found online. Jonathan subsequently identified it as Torrey’s Milkvetch (Astragalus calycosus)
Yesterday we took a hike up Boyden Canyon that took us through a long avenue of Pointleaf Manzanitas (Arctostaphylos pungens) with beautiful blueberry-like flowers. It made me wonder about growing Manzanitas in the East. I’ve never seen it but then again you never know until you try. Certainly their bark makes them worth having independent of these lovely and plentiful flowers.
As we got further up into the Pines we saw Stellar’s Jays, a common bird of western forests. I always find their electric blue coloring worthy of a picture.
There were many plants that looked like they were on the verge of flowering including some kind of lilies, anemones, Grape Holly, and a very pretty foliaged plant that I have finally concluded must be out of the Parsnip family. I would be interested if anyone recognizes it. My first thought was Dicentra, but now I think not. I saw lots of these in the Pine woods.