FOTD: Desert Broom

The Desert Broom is of the Sunflower family.  The male and female flowers are on separate plants, and the female flowers develop white, silky and very beautiful airborne seeds.

These bushes are found along sandy washes, hillsides, streams and bottom lands.  Mine were discovered in our sandy wash, along our walking path.

Interesting to learn, certain Native Americans would chew the stems to ease toothaches. And not surprisingly, the branches were used as brooms, by pioneers and Native Americans.

Fortunately I have no allergies that I am aware of.  The beautiful wispy seeds floated around me like snowflakes as I inspected the bushes and snapped photos.

The bunches of white, silky, feathery seeds reminded me of beautiful lace that might be found on a wedding gown.  It was simply mesmerizing.

Bush in bloom
Female Flowers
Male Flowers
Bushes along the wash


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See the hiding bug?

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Feathery seeds

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There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.
Henry David Thoreau


Posted for Cee’s FOTD



6 Comments Add yours

  1. Naomi says:

    I enjoyed another of your interesting tutorials on the flowers that don’t always get a lot of attention. Thanks again.

    PS I did find the bug…barely.

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    1. It was so beautiful! TY 🙂


  2. Sheree says:

    Gorgeous photos

    Liked by 1 person

  3. lolaWi says:

    beautiful photos 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! It was fun taking them! So beautiful up close.


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