Spring Blossoms in Phoenix, Arizona, XIV

Mid-May 2020

These Gladiolas have escaped cultivation. They’re growing in the dampness of a wash — an intermittent stream:

A nearby clump of Gladiolas:

An expanse of groundcover in the shade. I don’t yet know the name of this landscape plant:

A close-up:

Cereus Cactus in bloom:

Close-up of the Cereus’s flowers:

Spring Blossoms in Phoenix, Arizona, XII

Early May 2020

Fishhook Barrel Cactus, also known as a Compass Barrel. They tend to lean southward toward the sun. The thorns could remind someone of fishhooks:

Last year’s flowers have given way to fruit, which I call pineapples. Fruit often stays on the plant for more than a year. The fruit looks like yellow plastic hand grenades:

I don’t yet know the name of this flowering tree. It started leafing out several weeks before this picture, after being bare all winter:

Closeup of the feathery flowers:

An Oleander hedge. This sturdy shrub can reach the size of small trees:

Close-up of Oleander flowers:

Oleanders are often sheared or pruned much lower and more compact:

Creosote Bushes

April and May 2020

Creosote goes under several names including Chaparral and Greasewood. After a rain, the shrub smells like creosote. These are the flowers of a Creosote bush in early May. Also, some of the flowers have given way to puffs of seeds:

A clump of Creosote in early April before they had flowered. The spindly cactus in the foreground is a Cholla (CHO yah). Just behind it is a Compass Barrel cactus, also known as a Fishhook Barrel cactus. A Brittlebush, with yellow flowers, is growing next to the Creosote clump in the right-hand side of the picture:

Spring Blossoms in Phoenix, Arizona, X

Early May 2020

Flowers of the Jacaranda tree are deliciously fragrant:

A closeup of Jacaranda flowers:

A wildflower with inconspicuous white flowers at the tip. (Perhaps you call this a weed.):

The City of Scottsdale calls this native plant Desert Broom (Baccharis
sarothroides) . It is considered invasive because it is a fire hazard. The article in Wikipedia for Baccharis sarothroides refers to an entirely different plant which is also native to this region. A common name for this other plant, according to Wikipedia, is also Desertbroom (their spelling). This plant looks entirely like it’s suitable for a broom:

The small flowers of the Desert Broom:

The blossoms of the Cholla Cactus (CHO yah) have given way to green fruits:

Closeup of the Cholla fruits: