The brittlebush creates splashes of color on hillsides all over the desert. Descending via Montezuma Valley Road (highway S22), we saw brittlebush all along the road. These wildflowers were also numerous along the Palm Canyon Trail (especially the alternate trail) and Little Surprise Canyon Trail.
Besides heat, these caterpillars are a reason why wildflowers disappear.
If I were a botanist I could tell you the name of this unidentified field of white flowers glowing in the late afternoon light at Little Surprise Canyon.
Closeup of a brittlebush bloom.
Broom-rape, a parasitic wildflower.
Closeup of a desert chicory bloom with its etched petals.
Closeup of a desert poppy bloom.